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Tracking morning icy conditions; Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warning in effect

An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for the following counties until noon: Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the the following counties until noon: Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan, Darke, Miami, Champaign and Clark. Wintry mix of mainly freezing rain before sunrise Ice on elevated surfaces like trees, cars, bridges...
The Latest: UK's Labour signals opposition to Brexit deal

The Latest: UK's Labour signals opposition to Brexit deal

The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:35 a.m. British lawmakers are struggling to summon much enthusiasm for the proposed Brexit plan that Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed with the European Union, with the opposition Labour Party signaling it will vote against. The opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the "Good Morning Britain"...
Mississippi bus crash: 2 dead, 44 hurt when tour bus flips on slick road

Mississippi bus crash: 2 dead, 44 hurt when tour bus flips on slick road

Two people are dead and dozens of others were injured after a tour bus flipped near the DeSoto County and Marshall County line in Mississippi. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as a wintry mix of precipitation was falling in the area. The bus overturned in the area of Highway 69 and Highway 78. There were more than 40 people on board. Investigators told WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee...
Deadlines looming in pivotal, rancorous Florida recounts

Deadlines looming in pivotal, rancorous Florida recounts

Florida's bumpy election recount reaches a pivotal point Thursday as most counties across the state complete reviews that could determine the next senator and governor in one of America's top political battlegrounds. Barring a dramatic last minute court-mandated extension, Florida counties face a 3 p.m. deadline to wrap up their machine recounts. Some counties, such as the Democratic stronghold of...
EU and Britain start on campaign to sell Brexit deal

EU and Britain start on campaign to sell Brexit deal

The British government and the European Union began the fraught process of selling a Brexit deal that they hope will ensure Britain leaves the bloc next March in as orderly a manner as possible. On Thursday, European Union chief Donald Tusk has called for a summit of leaders to take place on Nov. 25 so they can endorse a draft Brexit deal that has been reached with the British government. A day after...
Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas when Amazon opens its second headquarters there. Not everyone will be hurting. Amazon won the rights to a helipad at its Long Island City, Queens, location, allowing some senior executives to get through rush hour in style. Still, it...
Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

It was a long time coming – 56 years – but a veteran from Pennsylvania finally got something he's waited decades for: his high school diploma. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  "It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before – well, I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "...
Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be. Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent and opposition legislators. "I give instructions to my aide and so I don't punch...
European court rules on Russian opposition leader Navalny

European court rules on Russian opposition leader Navalny

Russia is awaiting a European court ruling on whether it violated the rights of opposition leader Alexei Navalny when arresting him on repeated occasions. A leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny is expected to appear at the European Court of Human Rights in the French city of Strasbourg to hear the ruling Thursday, after a last-minute legal problem delayed his arrival. The court...

Afghan officials: Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province

Afghan officials say the Taliban have killed 30 policemen in a blistering overnight attack in western Farah province. Provincial council member Dadullah Qani said on Thursday that the onslaught on the police outpost in the province's district of Khaki Safed began late on Wednesday and continued for more than four hours. In Kabul, lawmaker Samiullah Samim said the district police commander, Abdul Jabhar...
South Korea dismantles guard posts with dynamite, excavators

South Korea dismantles guard posts with dynamite, excavators

South Korea was dismantling front-line guard posts with dynamite and excavators on Thursday as part of agreements to lower military tensions with North Korea. The two Koreas last week completed withdrawing troops and firearms from some of the guard posts along their border before dismantling them. The steps are part of the agreements signed in September during their leaders' summit. South Korea's...
Israeli police: Palestinian stabs officers in police station

Israeli police: Palestinian stabs officers in police station

A knife-wielding Palestinian attacker sneaked into a Jerusalem police station and lightly wounded four police officers before he was shot and captured, Israeli police said Thursday. The assault came on the heels of a fragile truce that was reached between Israel and Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip that ended two days of heavy fighting, the area's most severe violence since the 50-day Gaza war...
Man escapes jail, stops for pancakes, gets busted again with his mom, deputies say

Man escapes jail, stops for pancakes, gets busted again with his mom, deputies say

Authorities in Georgia say a man is back behind bars after his mother helped him escape from jail, then they stopped for pancakes on their way home. The Heard County Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV's Berndt Petersen that Joshua Gullat was working his cleaning detail of mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms at the county jail when he slipped out a door.  Gullat, who was serving time...
S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls' accuse coaches of derailing team

S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls' accuse coaches of derailing team

The Garlic Girls, South Korea's hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year's feel-good sports stories. The women's claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea's highly hierarchical elite sports scene....
Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament over PM dispute

Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament over PM dispute

Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. The fighting in the chamber came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. When Parliament re-convened, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was...
After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. "I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman," Avenatti told reporters Wednesday after being booked and posting $50,000 bail. Avenatti said he has been an advocate for women's rights his entire career and is confident...
Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims

Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims

Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into having sexual relations with much older men. Marino ended up carjacking vehicles from two different women in 2009 and leading police on a chase that left him dead at just 26 years old. In a handwritten...
Heroic California cop who died in bar shooting is mourned

Heroic California cop who died in bar shooting is mourned

Sheriff's deputies knew him as a cop's cop, one who would "go to the ends of the earth" to solve a crime. To family and friends, Ron Helus was a devoted husband and father who loved to go fly fishing with his son. On Thursday, Helus will be hailed as a hero — a man who courageously sacrificed his own life to save others' when he raced into a Southern California bar crackling with gunfire...
Experts look ways to curb deaths as fires get more severe

Experts look ways to curb deaths as fires get more severe

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality driven by...
Southern California fire scorches huge swath of public lands

Southern California fire scorches huge swath of public lands

Southern Californians faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire are also grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Woolsey fire has charred more than 83 percent of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreational Area, where officials announced Wednesday...
Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and authorities say 130 are unaccounted for. Many of the missing are elderly and from Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 to the north of Paradise. The one major roadway...
The Latest: China's premier urges reassurances for markets

The Latest: China's premier urges reassurances for markets

The Latest on the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which ends Thursday in Singapore (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (LEE KUH'-chiang) has told fellow Asian leaders the region needs to send a strong positive message to markets about sticking to trade rules and open markets. Li spoke Thursday at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian nations. He also...
Rohingya tell Bangladesh officials: 'We won't go' to Myanmar

Rohingya tell Bangladesh officials: 'We won't go' to Myanmar

About 1,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees demonstrated Thursday at a camp in Bangladesh against plans to repatriate them to Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands fled army-led violence last year. At the Unchiprang camp, one of the sprawling refugee settlements near the city of Cox's Bazar, a Bangladeshi refugee official implored the Rohingya to return to their country over a loudspeaker. "We have...
Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn't think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. AAA also said that use of the word "pilot"...
DHS replacement will face same border challenges

DHS replacement will face same border challenges

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border. With Nielsen's departure now considered inevitable, her eventual replacement will find there's no getting around the immigration laws and court challenges...
Seeking a 2020 comeback, House GOP elects McCarthy as leader

Seeking a 2020 comeback, House GOP elects McCarthy as leader

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump's agenda. With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring and the House majority gone, the race for minority leader was McCarthy's to lose Wednesday. But rarely has a...
Mattis compares border mission to one against Pancho Villa

Mattis compares border mission to one against Pancho Villa

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it's analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Speaking to reporters Wednesday on his way to visit U.S. troops along the border in south Texas, Mattis declined to...
Justice Department and CNN spar over Acosta's press pass

Justice Department and CNN spar over Acosta's press pass

President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House "hard pass." U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing CNN and the Justice Department. The news network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the...
GOP senator should explain 'hanging' remark, challenger says

GOP senator should explain 'hanging' remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a "public hanging," her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Mississippi...
Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead

Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead

As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race. At a news conference, Georgia Democrats cast doubt on the legitimacy of any election count that ends with the former secretary of state being certified as the winner of a fiercely...
Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border

Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border

The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves. Hundreds of migrants have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday, occupying the little space still available in the city's shelters and...
Cyclist riding across country for charity killed along 3,500-mile route

Cyclist riding across country for charity killed along 3,500-mile route

A Maine man who set out to cycle a 3,500-mile route across the country to raise money for a children's hospital died during his ride. >> Read more trending news  James Dobson, who was cycling from Dover, New Hampshire to San Diego, California was struck by a car and killed on his 44th day of riding.  Friends gathered in Maine to honor Dobson, who they said had a vibrant personality...
Family upset after raising more than $14,000 for son's service dog and receiving untrained puppy

Family upset after raising more than $14,000 for son's service dog and receiving untrained puppy

A Franklin, Massachusetts, family is making an unexpected trip to North Carolina to pick up a service dog that was supposed to be specially trained for their son with autism, except the 8-month-old dog is not ready to help. Kristie and Tim Maxfield raised more than $14,000 from donations to acquire Teddy from a North Carolina nonprofit called RyCon, but the family has learned the company is going...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders

Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news  That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This particular evidence...
Verdicts on Khmer Rouge leaders may be tribunal's last gasp

Verdicts on Khmer Rouge leaders may be tribunal's last gasp

The tribunal judging the criminal responsibility of former Khmer Rouge leaders for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians will issue verdicts Friday in the latest — and perhaps last — of such trials. Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, are the last two surviving senior leaders of the radical communist group that brutally ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s. They are already serving...
1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base

1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base

One pilot was killed and another hurt when a military jet crashed Tuesday at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the Air Force T-38C Talon crashed at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday on the base. One pilot died, while the other was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center for treatment. 28 yr old Capt. John F. Graziano, an instructor...
US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region

US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region

The U.S. and China offered rival visions for the Asia-Pacific region Thursday at a summit of Southeast Asian nations whose economies and strategic interests are deeply entwined with both powers, with Vice President Mike Pence saying there was no room for "empire or aggression" in the region. Pence stressed the "steadfast and enduring" American commitment to the Indo-Pacific region...
Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charges, denies ‘ever hitting a woman’

Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charges, denies ‘ever hitting a woman’

Michael Avenatti has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and was booked Wednesday evening. Avenatti was taken into custody and released Wednesday after a police report was filed by an unidentified victim in Century City, according to KNBC-TV. Police had responded to a domestic violence incident a day earlier and took a report. When he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti...
Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years

Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years

Wildfire experts say the Northern California wildfire that has killed at least 56 is the deadliest in a century. California officials say the fire burning in a rural area far north of San Francisco killed more people than any blaze in the state's recorded history. But the U.S. government doesn't closely track civilian casualties and records from long ago are incomplete. Stephen Pyne, a regent professor...
Mattis: War-trophy bells' return to help US, Philippine ties

Mattis: War-trophy bells' return to help US, Philippine ties

Three war-trophy bells seized by U.S. troops over a century ago got a send-off back to the Philippines on Wednesday by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who called the controversial decision to repatriate them an important gesture of friendship between the two countries. Some veterans and officials in the U.S. oppose returning the Bells of Balangiga, calling them memorials to American war dead...
Florida man who looks like the 'Joker' arrested again

Florida man who looks like the 'Joker' arrested again

A man who went viral last year for his green-haired mugshot has been arrested again in Florida.  Lawrence Sullivan, 30, was jailed Wednesday in Pinellas County on a probation violation charge.  Sullivan’s new mugshot features the same green hair and extensive tattoos. The jail records noted that his tattoos featured a skull, sword, pot leaf, brass knuckles, devil and a rose. ...
Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend. Three recent graduates of the elite Peking University have been taken away by authorities, the Jasic Workers Support Group said in a statement late Tuesday. According to the group, witnesses saw one person being "...
Bangladesh ready to return Rohingya, who say they'll refuse

Bangladesh ready to return Rohingya, who say they'll refuse

Bangladesh authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led violence in Myanmar since last year. But refugees scheduled to leave said they would refuse to go because of fears for their safety. Some said their families have fled from their shanties in the refugee camps to avoid being sent back. The situation remained tense...
Pilot error cited in military plane crash that killed 9 near Savannah, Georgia

Pilot error cited in military plane crash that killed 9 near Savannah, Georgia

Investigators have found pilot error was to blame for a military plane crash that killed nine people outside Savannah in May, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board. >> Read more trending news  The report, which was released Friday, cited several errors made by multiple crew members that led to an inoperative engine, a left wing stall and the...
Challenger: Mississippi senator's 'hanging' comment harmful

Challenger: Mississippi senator's 'hanging' comment harmful

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a "public hanging," her black Democratic challenger said Wednesday. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."...
The Latest: Avenatti released after domestic violence charge

The Latest: Avenatti released after domestic violence charge

The Latest on Michael Avenatti (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Michael Avenatti has been released from police custody following his arrest on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles. As he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti told reporters he "has never struck a woman." He says he has been an advocate for women's rights and would never disrespect his children by "...

Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal. No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady's staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially...
2 local congressmen may compete to be top Republican on Judiciary Committee

2 local congressmen may compete to be top Republican on Judiciary Committee

Warren County-area Rep. Steve Chabot is one of two remaining Republicans in the House of Representatives who brought the case for impeachment against then–President Bill Clinton 20 years ago. Now, he’s arguing that experience could help him and other Republican fight off Democrats if they move forward on impeaching President Donald Trump. Chabot of Cincinnati, who just won a 12th term...
Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said. The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according to Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman. But Avenatti slammed the allegation as "completely bogus" and...
After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. On Friday, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is set to deliver a keynote address at an Urban League fundraiser in Charleston. It's the latest visit...

Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer versions of an increasingly scrutinized family of stick- and stain-resistant compounds. Older versions of the compound...
Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House said...
Stung by Amazon's rejection, cities look on the bright side

Stung by Amazon's rejection, cities look on the bright side

Sometimes losing is winning. Or at least that's what some of the 18 North American cities passed up by Amazon for its new headquarters are telling themselves. After 14 agonizing months of wooing and then waiting for the online retail giant to make up its mind, the finalists learned that instead of Amazon picking one location for its new offices, it would split them between Long Island City in Queens...
As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the U.S. West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim...

US believes missing American journalist is alive in Syria

A senior State Department official says American journalist Austin Tice is believed to be still alive more than six years after he was abducted while covering the war in Syria. U.S. envoy to Syria James Jeffrey told reporters Wednesday that Tice is being held hostage there. He didn't say why officials believe this or who might be holding him. Tice is a Houston native who disappeared shortly after...
Storm: 2 dead, 44 hurt in bus crash on icy road near Memphis

Storm: 2 dead, 44 hurt in bus crash on icy road near Memphis

An Alabama tour bus bound for a Mississippi casino overturned Wednesday on an icy highway, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries, authorities said, as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South and lower Midwest. The National Weather Service says snow and ice fell during the day across parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Snow...
Accusers: 20-plus Ohio State staff knew concerns over doctor

Accusers: 20-plus Ohio State staff knew concerns over doctor

Alumni who say they're victims of sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University team doctor allege more than 20 school officials and staff, including two athletic directors, knew of concerns about how the physician treated young men but didn't stop him. The list of such employees grew Tuesday as 29 plaintiffs were added to one of the two pending lawsuits alleging Ohio State didn't deal appropriately...
Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million Wednesday at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby's is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. The "Queen Marie Antoinette's Pearl," a diamond-and-pearl pendant, was among the highlight offerings on the block at the Sotheby's sale of jewelry from the Bourbon-Parma...
PG&E says it contacted resident about shut-off power line

PG&E says it contacted resident about shut-off power line

A utility accused in a lawsuit of igniting California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire said it contacted a customer about a power line on her property but that sparks were not part of the discussion. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it had been in touch with Betsy Ann Cowley to inform her about future planned work on a power line that had been shut down. Cowley has said the utility emailed...
Judge, ballot counters racing to election finale in Maine

Judge, ballot counters racing to election finale in Maine

A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday aimed at stopping Maine's unusual ranked-balloting system, even as election staffers scanned votes to determine the winner of last week's congressional race. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three activists sued Tuesday to overturn Maine's new voting system. U.S. District Judge Lance Walker heard arguments Wednesday about whether to halt the vote-counting...
The Latest: Dead identified in bus crash near Memphis

The Latest: Dead identified in bus crash near Memphis

The Latest on the winter storm hitting parts of the South (all times local): 6 p.m. A Mississippi official is identifying two women killed in a tour bus crash on an icy road near Memphis, Tennessee. DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders says the dead are 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin, both of Huntsville, Alabama. The two women died after a tour bus operated by Teague VIP...
After intense wrangling, UK backs a Brexit deal. Now what?

After intense wrangling, UK backs a Brexit deal. Now what?

Like white smoke from the Vatican announcing a new pope, the signal from Britain's Cabinet table says: We have a decision. After a year and a half of negotiating with the European Union — and fighting with itself — the U.K. government on Wednesday backed a deal to allow Britain's orderly exit from the bloc, and paint the outlines of future relations. Prime Minister Theresa May's fractious...
Funeral set for victim of Southern California mass shooting

Funeral set for victim of Southern California mass shooting

Funerals are being planned for victims of last week's mass shooting in a Southern California bar. A service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday for 22-year-old Cody Gifford-Coffman at Perez Family Chapel in Camarillo. He and 11 others were slain Nov. 7 when a gunman attacked the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks during a country music dance night that drew area college students and other young...
Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93

Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93. >> Read more trending news  MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter...
Utah Republican behind in tight race sues to halt vote count

Utah Republican behind in tight race sues to halt vote count

Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love sued Wednesday to halt vote counting in the Utah race where she is trailing her Democratic challenger by a razor-thin margin, saying her campaign must be allowed to issue challenges if they dispute the validity of mail-in ballots. In a contest where "every single vote is crucial," the Love campaign claimed poll-watchers have seen a few cases where voter signatures...
FBI examining more video in search for Wisconsin teen

FBI examining more video in search for Wisconsin teen

The FBI is examining additional surveillance video taken from an expanded area around the Wisconsin home where a couple was shot and killed and their daughter was apparently abducted, the sheriff leading the investigation said Wednesday. Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared early on Oct. 15, when sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call found the door to her family's home in northwestern Wisconsin's Barron...
Did Alexa witness double murder? Judge orders Amazon to turn over device’s audio

Did Alexa witness double murder? Judge orders Amazon to turn over device’s audio

A judge in a New Hampshire criminal case has ordered Amazon to turn over audio recordings from one of the company’s Echo devices, which may have caught the sounds of a January 2017 double homicide.  Timothy Verrill, 36, of Dover, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of Christine M. Sullivan, 48, and 32-year-old Jenna Marie Pellegrini. He is expected to...
Retired government worker revealed as $343M Powerball winner

Retired government worker revealed as $343M Powerball winner

Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history. Bailey, 67, was introduced by lottery officials Wednesday as the record-breaking winner at the Resorts World Casino in Queens. The total prize in the Oct. 27 drawing was nearly...
Police say McDonald's employee assaulted manager with bacon

Police say McDonald's employee assaulted manager with bacon

Police charged a McDonald’s employee in Bluffton, South Carolina, Friday after she assaulted her manager with bacon in her hand. The Island Packet reported that, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report, the assault happened after 1:30 p.m. when a manager asked a cook to stop eating bacon while working in the kitchen. When the cook kept eating the bacon, the manager...
Newcomer Andy Kim beats GOP Rep. MacArthur in New Jersey

Newcomer Andy Kim beats GOP Rep. MacArthur in New Jersey

Democrat Andy Kim, a political newcomer and former national security aide in the Obama administration, defeated Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a tight race in which the incumbent's vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act was a hot issue. Kim upset MacArthur in the hotly contested southern New Jersey district, widening the Democrats' edge in the House. He declared victory last week, but MacArthur...
Company markets MAGA Build the Wall brick-building set

Company markets MAGA Build the Wall brick-building set

A conservative-leaning company is marketing a President Donald Trump-inspired brick building kit this Christmas Similar to LEGOs, the Keep And Bear online retailer recently introduced the Build the Wall” kit that comes with a mini president, compete with his own red Make America Great Again hat, KRON reported.  The company claims it has the largest selection of Trump-themed gifts...
Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ended the public sessions of its three-day meeting without any vote on two major anti-abuse proposals that had been...

US government: 3 SKorean firms to pay $236M in bid-rig plot

The Justice Department says three South Korean companies have agreed to pay $236 million to settle allegations they were part of a bid-rigging scheme that overcharged the U.S. military for fuel at bases in South Korea. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced the settlement of the criminal and civil charges on Wednesday. The three companies, SK Energy Co. Ltd., GS Caltex Corporation, and...
Witness didn't hear officer order security guard to drop gun

Witness didn't hear officer order security guard to drop gun

A security guard who was working at a suburban Chicago bar when a black co-worker was fatally shot by a white police officer said Wednesday that he never heard the officer order the other man to drop his gun. The comments from Dorian Myrickes came hours after Illinois State Police released a statement saying witnesses have told investigators that the officer ordered security guard Jemel Roberson to...
'Daddy, I'm hurt': Girl, 6, caught in crossfire during Houston robbery

'Daddy, I'm hurt': Girl, 6, caught in crossfire during Houston robbery

A 6-year-old Houston girl was shot in the leg during a shooting Monday involving a security guard and robbery suspect, KTRK reported. >> Read more trending news  Claire Tidwell underwent surgery Tuesday. She was sitting in a car with her family at a McDonald’s drive-thru when an alleged robbery took place at a T-Mobile next door to the fast-food restaurant, KPRC reported...
The Latest: EU Parliament member hails draft Brexit deal

The Latest: EU Parliament member hails draft Brexit deal

The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament's Brexit point-man Guy Verhofstadt is welcoming the draft withdrawal agreement governing Britain's departure but says he still regrets that the country is leaving. Verhofstadt tweeted Wednesday that "while I hope one day the U.K. will return, in the meantime this agreement will make a Brexit possible."...

New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor — a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs — tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his resignation. The recording shows Nestor Martinez, then a legal counsel to Colombia's biggest banking group, browbeating an internal...
Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which will be the centerpiece of the Vatican's Christmastime decorations along with a giant tree. The first phase of construction begins Saturday with...
Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it's analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Speaking to reporters on his way to visit U.S. troops along the border in south Texas, Mattis declined...
Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported. In response, the man declared his gender “to be a woman” so left-wingers could no longer attack him over his views, according to a video of his speech that was shared  on social...
Cartel member testifies against 'El Chapo' at US trial

Cartel member testifies against 'El Chapo' at US trial

An admitted former Mexican cartel member first met the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when he helped him evade a manhunt, he said in court testimony Wednesday. Taking the witness stand for the government at Guzman's U.S. trial, Jesus Zambada identified Guzman in the courtroom and told jurors he "was one of the most powerful drug-traffickers in Mexico," detailing...
Disney Monorail door unhinged while passengers boarded

Disney Monorail door unhinged while passengers boarded

The door of a Monorail at Walt Disney World unhinged from the train as passengers were boarding it on Tuesday. A Disney representative said a motorized scooter hit the door as people were getting on the train, causing the door to unhinge. >> Read more trending news  The representative said the train never left the station. Instead, all the passengers got off and took a bus or ferry to their...
Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Dems claim votes to block her rise

Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Dems claim votes to block her rise

As a steadfast Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but dared potential rivals for the gavel to come forward, a group of restive House Democrats vowed Wednesday to produce enough votes to block her from becoming the House's new speaker. For two days now, disgruntled Democrats have claimed they have 17 names on a letter opposing Pelosi's leadership, promising to air the document soon. They say those signing on are...
Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility

Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility

Two rival Lebanese Christian leaders reconciled Wednesday ending four decades of enmity triggered by a massacre of dozens during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces group, and Sleiman Frangieh of the Marada Party shook hands and kissed each other on the cheeks at the headquarters of the Maronite Christian church north of Beirut. The reconciliation was sponsored...
Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana by the hundreds Wednesday, getting their first glimpse of the robust U.S. military presence that awaits them after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the border. Several hundred people from the caravan got off buses and made their way to a shelter on the Mexican side near the border to line up for food. Doctors checked...
Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, was conducted...
Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A plant in Zwickau was...
Safety group announces top 10 dangerous toys for 2018’s holiday season

Safety group announces top 10 dangerous toys for 2018’s holiday season

Hopefully you haven’t done all of your holiday shopping yet. Safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., has released its list of the top 10 dangerous toys. This is the 46th year for the group’s list of toys you may not want to see under the tree during the holidays, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  This year, W.A.T.C.H. says the toys...

Italian priest who doubted Francis excommunicated for heresy

An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated. The archdiocese of Monreale, Sicily said the Rev. Alessandro Minutella was informed Tuesday of his excommunication for spreading "heresy and schism." Monreale Archbishop Michele Pennisi issued a public notice in 2015...
Whitaker's failed renovation missed affordable housing goal

Whitaker's failed renovation missed affordable housing goal

A failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying Des Moines neighborhood, a city official said Wednesday. Whitaker abandoned the project in 2016 after 3 ½ years of cost overruns, delays and other problems, said Chris Johansen, the city's community development director. The developer...
What is seasonal affective disorder?

What is seasonal affective disorder?

People who get more than just blue in the winter months may find they have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Before self-diagnosing, it’s important to research the disorder and speak with a health care provider. Here are some things to know about SAD. >> Read more trending news  What is it?  According to the National Institutes of Health, SAD, also called seasonal...
Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote

Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he won't vote to confirm judicial nominees unless GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware went to the Senate floor on Wednesday and tried to bring the legislation up for a vote. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected. McConnell...
Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover. "There's no telling how long...
US officials report a record number of tick diseases

US officials report a record number of tick diseases

U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That's about 43,000 cases. Traditionally about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease...
Mom overdosed infant on methadone ‘because she was fussy,’ police say

Mom overdosed infant on methadone ‘because she was fussy,’ police say

A Michigan woman has been charged and is facing loss of parental rights after she overdosed her 6-week-old daughter on methadone “because she was fussy,” police officials said.  Jennifer Lynn Pickerd, 37, of Grand Rapids, is charged with second-degree child abuse in the Sept. 30 incident at her apartment, ABC13 in Grand Rapids reported. Court records show that the case against...
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