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Georgia police officer and suspect dead after shooting during traffic stop

Update 9:15 p.m. EST Dec. 13: The Georgia police officer who was shot by a suspect Thursday afternoon near in metro Atlanta’s DeKalb County has died at Grady Memorial Hospital, DeKalb County police Chief James Conroy said at a news conference.  The suspect also died at Grady, Conroy said. Conroy said the officer had been with the department for about a year and a half.  A police dog...

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl was from Guatemala and was traveling with a...
KFC announces yule log that smells like fried chicken 

KFC announces yule log that smells like fried chicken 

Kentucky Fried Chicken is trying out a new tradition, just in time for the holidays. >> Read more trending news  The chain is offering a new way to enjoy the aroma of the Colonel's secret recipe in your own home: A KFC yule log. It's called the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog and it smells like chicken. KFC partnered with Enviro-Log to create the new product, which lasts up to three hours...

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

A lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants from countries under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward, a U.S. judge said Thursday. Judge James Donato heard arguments on the administration's request that he dismiss the lawsuit. The case was "not going away at this stage," he said at the close of the hearing. The plaintiffs say the administration...
Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street

Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street

A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon. Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . Wiener endured three years in concentration camps and later in life wrote an autobiography titled, "From a Name to a Number...
Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Former Vice President Joe Biden initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning, he said Thursday at the University of Utah. Biden, 76, was greeted with a standing ovation as he took the stage amid speculation about whether he will launch his own...
Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States. Canada is caught between two super powers and taking the punishment — and its ally to the south has...
Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today. He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump...
Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today. He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump...
Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children watched from behind the glass. The "Scuba Santa" show runs through Christmas Day. It takes place during the morning feed...
Bomb hoaxes: Threats emailed to schools, businesses, media not considered ‘credible’

Bomb hoaxes: Threats emailed to schools, businesses, media not considered ‘credible’

A wave of bomb threats emailed to businesses, universities and newspapers across the country and in Canada Thursday prompted evacuations and searches, but appeared to be a hoax and a crude extortion attempt, according to news reports . >> Read more trending news  The Associated Press reported that law enforcement agencies have dismissed the threats and said they were meant to disrupt and...
WSJ: Federal prosecutors open criminal probe into Trump inaugural fund spending

WSJ: Federal prosecutors open criminal probe into Trump inaugural fund spending

Federal prosecutors in New York have opened a criminal probe into whether President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee misspent some of the $107 million raised for his 2017 inauguration and related events, according to the Wall Street Journal. >> Read more trending news  The investigation started after authorities conducted raids on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s home...
Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice from a bad lawyer. "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel...
Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a herculean effort to save these iconic creatures," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "It will...
Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence. Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to rebuild a portion of Onslow Beach so Marines could practice moving on and off landing craft and get certified for their deployment...
Study: Later school start time means more sleep, better grades

Study: Later school start time means more sleep, better grades

A new study following high school students in Seattle suggests later school start times are associated with more sleep and better academic performance. >> Read more trending news  For the study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers at the University of Washington monitored the sleep habits of two groups of high school sophomores. The first group was monitored...
Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. That's...
Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

Democrats controlling the House next year will start trying to obtain President Donald Trump's income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, the likely next speaker said Thursday. But Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expected to lead the House when the new Congress starts in January, said she believes the White House will fight the request, "so the question is where do we go from there."...
Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee quickly unloaded newly acquired Raytheon stock following a report that the purchase was made after he urged President Donald Trump to boost defense spending by billions of dollars. The Daily Beast first reported that a financial adviser to Sen. James Inhofe bought between $50,000 and $100,000 of Raytheon stock Tuesday, a week after the Oklahoma Republican...
Out of many nations, a single message: Europe is united

Out of many nations, a single message: Europe is united

Unlike the political chaos that has roiled Britain over Brexit, there has been no such squabbling among the 27 other European Union nations during the impending divorce. The two years of negotiations has shown a unity in the EU that many observers thought was not possible. Even British politician Nigel Farage, a force behind the 2016 referendum on Brexit who finds little to praise about the EU, has...
Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal Thursday to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant, using powers that his Democratic successor would no longer have under legislation approved last week during a lame-duck session. The deal means that the consumer-products giant will close a plant in Conway, Arkansas, that employs 344 people no later than 2021, Kimberly-Clark spokesman...
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home sold to National Park Service

Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home sold to National Park Service

After 30 years of tending to the upkeep of the home in which Martin Luther King Jr. was born, National Park Service finally has the deed.  In late November, the King family, after owning the home for more than 100 years, negotiated a sale of the property.  In a statement issued by the National Park Foundation, officials said the organization “facilitated through private philanthropy...
Court: Trump can't let companies deny birth control coverage

Court: Trump can't let companies deny birth control coverage

A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive coverage that are set to take effect next month and will likely prompt renewed legal challenges. Thursday's ruling by a three-judge...

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice. The race for a seat on the Hoxie City Council was determined by Cliff Farmer and incumbent Alderwoman Becky Linebaugh rolling dice at the Lawrence County courthouse on Thursday. Deputy Clerk Ashlyn Griffin says Farmer rolled a four and Linebaugh...
Florida man set to be executed for woman's 1992 killing

Florida man set to be executed for woman's 1992 killing

A man convicted of killing a South Florida woman 26 years ago during an apartment burglary was set to be executed Thursday evening. Fifty-five-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison for the October 1992 killing of Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment. But execution plans were at least temporarily delayed as authorities...
Man shot by police after firing at Clay Twp. officers indicted on charges

Man shot by police after firing at Clay Twp. officers indicted on charges

A man accused of exchanging gunfire with police in Clay Twp. in November will face criminal charges.  Aaron Mitchell, 40, of Brookville, was indicted Thursday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of felonious assault on a police officer, two counts of failure to comply, and one count of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor&rsquo...
Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, saying they were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients...
2 sought in armed robbery of elderly victim in Greenville

2 sought in armed robbery of elderly victim in Greenville

Two Richmond, Ind., men are wanted in the armed robbery of an elderly victim in Greenville on Dec. 5. Michael Keeton and Charles Gray, both 31, are suspected of stealing property at gunpoint from the person in the 400 block of Armstrong Street.  Both men are believed to be in the Richmond area and both are believed to be armed and dangerous.  Arrest warrants on a charge of aggravated robbery...
Year in search 2018: Google announces top terms people searched

Year in search 2018: Google announces top terms people searched

Around the world, people search Google for just about anything. In 2018, the term they searched most often was “World Cup.” Google released its list of top searches, broken down by category and by country. Worldwide, the top five searches, in order, were “World Cup,” “Avicii,” “Mac Miller,” “Stan Lee” and “Black Panther.&rdquo...

Turkey conducts airstrikes against PKK targets in Iraq

Turkey's Defense Ministry says the military has conducted airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's Sinjar and Mount Karajak regions. A ministry statement, carried by state-run Anadolu Agency, said jets on Thursday targeted shelters, caves, tunnels and depots used by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which sent fighters to Sinjar to help Iraqi Kurds fight the Islamic State group...
Window washer falls to his death from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas

Window washer falls to his death from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas

A 27-year-old man has died after falling while working as a window washer at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. >> Read more trending news  Jonathan Garcia, of Las Vegas, fell to his death around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Clark County coroner. Garcia's cause of death is pending. Witnesses said winds had pushed the rigging against the building several times before the...
Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV, childhood cancers, treatments that enlist the body's immune system to battle cancer, and the hunt for a vaccine...
Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town is letting officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn. Ted Pelkey says he's been trying for about 10 years to move his truck repair and recycling business to his property but has been unable to get a permit. He says he paid about $3,000 to have the sculpture...
Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey's president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group. Nuri Mehmud, spokesman of the People's Protection Units or the YPG, also said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement from the day before about a...
Homeless, hungry woman arrested for stealing popcorn from police station, officials say

Homeless, hungry woman arrested for stealing popcorn from police station, officials say

A homeless, hungry woman who broke into a police station was caught stealing popcorn and taken to jail, according to investigators. >> Read more trending news  Tressa Weathers, 40, climbed through a kitchen window of the Rose City police substation and was caught by an officer Dec. 6 with a handful of microwaveable popcorn packets, KLRT reported.  “I just broke in to get...

Cameroon leader halts cases against 289 alleged separatists

Cameroon's leader has ordered the country's military tribunal to stop legal proceedings against 289 people accused of taking part in the country's separatist movement in its English-speaking regions. Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, secretary general at the presidency, did not say who would be freed in making the announcement late Thursday. He said President Paul Biya had "listened to the people" in...
Armored truck spills cash on highway, causes crashes as drivers stop to pick it up

Armored truck spills cash on highway, causes crashes as drivers stop to pick it up

Accidents backed up a New Jersey highway after a Brink’s armored truck spilled cash. NJ.com reported that police got several calls about the truck spilling cash on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Thursday morning. Several drivers stopped and got out of their vehicles to pick up the cash, which led to multiple accidents and some property damage, according to authorities. >> Read...
The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to "...
Boy gets wish, raises enough money for gravestone for best friend who died 

Boy gets wish, raises enough money for gravestone for best friend who died 

A 12-year-old boy who was doing odd jobs to raise money for a gravestone for his best friend achieved his goal after an outpouring of support and the donation of a headstone.  >> Read more trending news  Kaleb Klakulak started raising $2,500 for a headstone to honor his best friend Kenneth “K.J.” Gross, who died in May. K.J.’s mother, LaSondra Singleton, had to quit...
With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves. A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. THC is the cannabis compound that gives pot its high. President...
Venezuela's El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

Venezuela's El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

Venezuela's last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages, editors said Thursday. El Nacional's final edition will run Friday after 75 years in print. It will become an exclusively online publication. Upon learning of the changes to come, editors and reporters in the Caracas newsroom said they were...

Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali's nomadic Tuareg camps

Suspected jihadists on motorcycles have killed at least 42 people during a series of attacks on Tuareg nomadic camps in Mali, local leaders said Thursday. Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, a Tuareg self-defense official, said the attacks took place Tuesday and Wednesday in the sprawling West African nation's eastern Menaka region. The victims, who included children as young as eight, were members of his group...
Read: Maria Butina’s plea agreement with the federal prosecutors

Read: Maria Butina’s plea agreement with the federal prosecutors

Maria Butina, the Russian woman who used her interest in gun rights and her connections with members of the Republican Party to try to gain influence in the highest reaches of the U.S. government, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Thursday to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent in the U.S. Part of that deal includes an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors...
EU leaders agree to prolong Russia sanctions over Ukraine

EU leaders agree to prolong Russia sanctions over Ukraine

A top European Union official says EU leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia over its destabilization of Ukraine. The measures targeting Russia's economy were due to expire next month, but lifting them depends on whether the EU considers that Russia is respecting the Minsk peace agreement sealed in 2015. EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Thursday that the "EU...
Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Kelsey Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, captured on surveillance video entering a grocery store with what appears to be her 1-year-old daughter in a baby carrier. Weeks later, investigators don't know what happened to the 29-year-old Colorado mother. Her fiance has told police the couple, who did not live together, met sometime on the holiday to exchange their child. After that, police said...
Southwest flight returns to Seattle after human heart left aboard plane

Southwest flight returns to Seattle after human heart left aboard plane

A Southwest flight bound for Dallas returned to Seattle when airline officials realized a human heart was left on board.  >> Read more trending news  The “life-critical cargo shipment” intended for a Seattle, hospital was supposed to be removed from the plane’s previous flight Dec. 9, KTVT reported. “We made the decision to return to Seattle as it was absolutely...
No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen

No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen

A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday. Even if Republicans assemble enough votes to approve the wall in the House, the plan probably will fail in the Senate, said Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. The House...
Trump reportedly spending 16 days in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas, New Years 

Trump reportedly spending 16 days in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas, New Years 

President Donald Trump may be spending 16 days at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort over the holidays. >> Read more trending news  The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that according to a temporary flight restriction issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday, Trump could be in the area from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is in the West...
Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership. "I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate...
First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital on Thursday, reading a story about a Christmas ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments in a family's collection. "Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year," the first lady said after she finished reading "Oliver the Ornament"...

Man gives up 1st-class plane seat for mother with ill child

A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old sick baby said he doesn't think it was that big of a deal. Jason Kunselman said he first saw Kelsey Zwick and her daughter Lucy getting ready to board an airplane from Orlando to Philadelphia on Dec. 6. It's common to see ill children at the Orlando airport because of trips granted through...
Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies by suicide

Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies by suicide

A Detroit news station is mourning the loss of one of its meteorologists. WJBK reported that one of its own, Jessica Starr, died of suicide Wednesday night. She was 35, according to The Detroit News, citing public records. >> Read more trending news  “Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life,” anchor Amy Andrews said Thursday morning...
Man shot at Chicago-area funeral home

Man shot at Chicago-area funeral home

A man is recovering after being shot in a suburban Chicago funeral home. Police responded around 8 p.m. Wednesday to reports of shots fired at Hann Funeral Home in Bridgeview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. A man in his early 20s had been shot, Village of Bridgeview spokesman Ray Hanania told local media. The man's injury was not life-threatening, police said. Information on the shooter wasn't...

89-year-old Alabama woman jailed over messy appliance store

Odean Cleckler, 89, said she has been doing her best to help run her husband's used-appliance business since he died a decade ago. This week, that work landed her and her son in jail. City officials arrested the pair for disobeying a court order to clean up Cleckler's Appliance and Parts, which is surrounded by hundreds of old stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers along a main road in town. Friends...
Pentagon: NKorea slow to negotiate over US war remains

Pentagon: NKorea slow to negotiate over US war remains

Months after the White House raised hopes for bringing home thousands of U.S. battlefield remains from North Korea, the returns have stalled. Detailed negotiations on future recovery arrangements have not even begun. The slower pace appears linked to the more talked-about stalemate over North Korea's nuclear weapons . At a June meeting with President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed...

President Trump welcomes governors-elect to White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed governors-elect from both parties to the White House. Among those attending Thursday were Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican. White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher had said they'd be...
The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge

The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge

The Latest on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A leader of dissident Democrats who struck a deal opening the door for Nancy Pelosi to become House speaker says his group had the votes to block her but faced factors that weakened them. Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter says Pelosi proved her popularity when Democrats overwhelmingly nominated her for the speaker's...
VitaminWater offers $100,000 to ditch phone for 1 year

VitaminWater offers $100,000 to ditch phone for 1 year

Would you leave your phone behind for a year to win big money? VitaminWater is challenging smartphone users to break their device addiction. For $100,000, officials with the company are asking people at least 18 years or older and residing in the United States to trade their smartphones in for a 2000s-era, calls-only phone. If you survive six months, you could win $10,000. >>...
UNICEF: 2 million children in Syria still out of schools

UNICEF: 2 million children in Syria still out of schools

Even though Syria's civil war is winding down, 2 million of the country's children are still out of schools and it will likely take years and a lot of funding to help overcome the scars of the seven-year conflict, the head of the U.N. children's agency said Thursday. UNICEF's Executive Director Henrietta Fore said the agency has a shortfall of $95 million this year and has appealed for funds. She...
Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. It landed on a runway minutes later. "We made it to space!" Palermo...
The Latest: Accused Russian secret agent makes plea deal

The Latest: Accused Russian secret agent makes plea deal

The Latest on Maria Butina, accused by the United States of being an Russian secret agent (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A senior Russian lawmaker says he's convinced that the Russian woman who's pleaded guilty to being a secret agent in the United States has done so under pressure. Leonid Slutsky is chairman of the Russian State Duma's foreign affairs committee. He tells Russian news agencies that...
Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peace

Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peace

Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement. Bursts of heavy machine gun fire still punctuates the nights in Aden, now the seat of the internationally recognized government, a city marked with war-shattered buildings...
Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

A 78-year-old prisoner who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. Samuel Little entered his plea in the West Texas city of Odessa, where the body of Denise Christie Brothers was discovered in a vacant lot about a month after she disappeared. He received another life prison...
Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S. Five wolves were found dead in New Mexico in November, bringing the total for the year to 17. That marks the most wolves killed in any single year since the reintroduction effort began in...
Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real." Flake declined to seek re-election to a second term, acknowledging that his battles with Trump over the past two years made it unlikely that he could survive a primary challenge...

Motorists nab cash spilled by armored truck, causing crashes

Police say an armored truck spilled cash on a New Jersey highway, causing multiple crashes as motorists stopped to grab the money. Police Capt. Phil Taormina says it looks as if the armored vehicle had an issue with the locking device on one of its doors. The chaos happened Thursday morning in East Rutherford, near MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants and New York Jets play. Betsy Richards tells...

Ethiopia sets 2022 for Nile dam's completion amid delays

Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday. The dam's construction managers have concerns about the quality of the electro-mechanical works that were handled by the country's military-run Metal and Engineering Corporation. "We...

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The bill passed both chambers and holds lawmakers, including those who leave office, financially liable for settlements resulting from harassment and retaliation. There is no cap on the amount...

Watchdog: No evidence FBI tried to destroy text messages

The Justice Department's watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, the inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that has resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived. Thursday's report examines a gap in messages from December 2016 through May...
Remnants of 140-year-old shipwreck revealed along shore of Lake Michigan

Remnants of 140-year-old shipwreck revealed along shore of Lake Michigan

The remnants believed to be that of a ship that sunk 140 years ago have once again appeared along the shore of Lake Michigan. >> Read more trending news  Based on the location of the exposed timbers, researchers believe the wreck to be what’s left of the hull from the LC Woodruff, a commercial schooner carrying corn that sunk in November 1878.  “Having lived on the Great...
German parliament rejects far-right deputy speaker candidate

German parliament rejects far-right deputy speaker candidate

Germany's parliament has again rejected the far-right Alternative for Germany's candidate for deputy speaker, prolonging a saga that has lasted over a year. The parliament's speaker, a job currently held by veteran conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble, usually has a deputy from each party in the chamber. Other parties agree that Alternative for Germany, which entered parliament last year, is entitled to...
Serbia warns Kosovo army will substantially worsen tensions

Serbia warns Kosovo army will substantially worsen tensions

Tensions soared in the Balkans a day before Kosovo's parliament is set to approve the formation of an army, with Serbia warning Thursday that the move would threaten peace in the war-scarred region. Kosovo's parliament is expected to pass legislation Friday that would turn an existing 4,000-strong security force into an expanded, lightly armed army. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 from Serbia...
Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

A hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine cruising in waters just miles from New York City. That's the conclusion of an investigation by scientists, archaeologists and historians convened by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage...
What are the 10 deadliest earthquakes in recorded history?

What are the 10 deadliest earthquakes in recorded history?

 Here are the 10 most deadly earthquakes ever recorded:  Shensi, China, Jan. 23, 1556: estimated magnitude of 8.0; 830,000 deaths Tangshan, China, July 27, 1976: magnitude 7.5; official death toll 255,000 – estimated death toll was as high as 655,000 Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 9, 1138: magnitude is not known; death toll was 230,000 Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec. 26, 2004: magnitude 9.1; 227,898...
Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

The Holland Tunnel between New Jersey and New York City may be in for a makeover after critics called the placement of its holiday decorations a distraction, a possible trigger for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder — and just plain ugly. Wreaths have adorned the entrance to the heavily used tunnel around the holidays for decades. But some are upset by the configuration in which wreaths...

Russia says it's willing to keep key arms treaty with US

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is willing to preserve a landmark arms treaty with the United States. The remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov came after the U.S. officially announced last week that it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty (INF) in 60 days, accusing Russia and China — which is not a signatory to the treaty — of violating...
Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

The head of the federal agency controlling the Colorado River said Thursday the U.S. government will impose unprecedented restrictions on water supplies to the seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the river unless everyone agrees by Jan. 31 on a plan to deal with an expected shortage in 2020. Water users from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming should have...

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday, the European Parliament says Cairo enforces continuous restrictions on fundamental democratic rights. It implored authorities...
2 injured, medical helicopter requested to head-on crash near Cedarville

2 injured, medical helicopter requested to head-on crash near Cedarville

Two people were injured following a head-on crash on Ohio 72 south of Cedarville Thursday morning, according to state troopers.  One driver was transported by a MedFlight medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, dispatchers from the Xenia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed.  A second driver was transported to Greene Memorial Hospital.  The conditions of both drivers...
The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

The Latest on a test flight of Virgin Atlantic's space tourism rocket ship (all times local): 8 a.m. Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space. Virgin Space Ship Unity was released from a carrier aircraft over California's Mojave Desert early Thursday and ignited its rocket engine. The spacecraft with two test...

Trump, new Mexican president discuss migration but not wall

The White House says President Donald Trump and the new leader of Mexico discussed "positive relations" between the two countries in a phone call this week. But Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters that he and Trump have never discussed the contentious topic of the border wall. Lopez Obrador's statement Thursday came less than an hour after Trump asserted in a tweet...
Boy who is blind, with autism, meets Santa; photos go viral

Boy who is blind, with autism, meets Santa; photos go viral

A boy from Texas found the true meaning of Christmas and Santa. Matthew, who is blind and has autism, met Santa for the first time, KDFW reported. Matthew’s interest in Santa started a few weeks ago when he found a Santa Claus figure in the store. Then he heard “Silent Night” playing on the radio. He was confused, asking his mother, Misty Wolf, if Christmas was for Santa&rsquo...
Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who closed schools across the state in protest earlier this year. Thousands of teachers filled the state Capitol in the spring, chanting and carrying signs as they sought to pressure lawmakers to reject a proposal that would have cut their benefits...
The Latest: Man killed in Strasbourg was market shooter

The Latest: Man killed in Strasbourg was market shooter

The Latest on the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The office of the Paris prosecutor, which handles terrorism cases in France, says a man killed in Strasbourg in a shootout with police has been identified as the main suspect in a Christmas market attack that killed three people. The man was identified as Charif Chekatt, a 29-year-old whom police had...
Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an inactive West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out. The three walked out of an ambulance at a fire hall in Whitesville to the screams of relatives for a brief reunion Wednesday night before being taken to a hospital. Cody Beverly told news...
Judge tosses lawsuit by GOP congressman who lost election

Judge tosses lawsuit by GOP congressman who lost election

A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin sought to have the voting system declared unconstitutional after he lost the election to Democrat Jared Golden despite having the most first-place votes. Poliquin asked U.S. District Judge Lance...
In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

A Russian gun-rights activist admitted Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. "Guilty," Butina said in a slight accent when asked how she wanted to plead. Dressed in a green jail...

European rights group: Moldova must stop violence in prisons

Europe's top human rights body on Thursday urged Moldova to stop "intimidation and violence" against prisoners allegedly carried out by other detainees with the tacit agreement of prison management. In the 21-page report, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee urged the former Soviet republic to tackle the "informal power structures among prisoners," saying that some prison...
Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year

Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year

Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday. During the May 5-7 trip, Francis will visit the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Rakovski, followed by a stop in the Macedonian capital Skopje en route home, the Vatican said. Francis canonized Mother Theresa as St. Theresa of Calcutta...
Passenger smuggles 70 birds stuffed in hair rollers on flight, officials say

Passenger smuggles 70 birds stuffed in hair rollers on flight, officials say

U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a flighty discovery after a recent flight landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Customs agents said an agricultural specialist found 70 live birds, held in hair rollers stuffed in a duffel bag, USA Today reported.  The finches flew in on a flight that had landed from Georgetown, Guyana, South Africa, Homeland Security...
Police, tipster help prevent possible school shooting at Indiana middle school

Police, tipster help prevent possible school shooting at Indiana middle school

Indiana State Police say the suspect who showed up to a middle school with a gun, exchanged fire with police and then killed himself was a 14-year-old from the Richmond area. >> Read more trending news  Police gave more details about the Thursday morning shooting at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, Indiana in a 1:30 p.m. press conference. “It breaks my heart to stand here...
Police called for noise complaint, end up playing video games

Police called for noise complaint, end up playing video games

Video games can get heated, and loud, when a group of friends get together to play. And it can get so loud to some that the police are called in.  That’s what recently happened during a game of “Super Smash Bros,” Yahoo News reported.  Jovante M. Williams said someone complained that his buddies were too loud and called police.  Williams told Yahoo News...
UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its funding. Executive Director Michel Sidibe revealed his plans to leave in June at a UNAIDS board meeting...
Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he "never directed" his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, to break the law. And he's insisting that he "did nothing wrong." Trump's comments — in an interview with Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner and several morning tweets — came a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments...
France sees 6th yellow vest protester die in road accident

France sees 6th yellow vest protester die in road accident

A sixth "yellow vest" protester In France has been killed, this one hit by a truck at a protest roadblock, authorities said Thursday as the movement rocking the country showed no signs of abating. Officials in the Vaucluse department said the driver was arrested and taken into custody after he tried to flee the scene near the southern city of Avignon. The Vaucluse prefect's office said the...
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