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California nuns stole schools funds for Vegas gambling, travel
California nuns stole schools funds for Vegas gambling, travel

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees and donations at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the missing money was discovered during a routine audit and it is believed the nuns had stolen the money over at least a decade.

Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook
Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook

Asian markets were mixed Tuesday in narrow trading on doubts that U.S. and China can manage to resolve their festering trade dispute. WALL STREET: Buying of technology companies spurred gains for U.S. indexes after steep losses in early trading. China has protested the detention of a Chinese technology executive in Canada, which was carried out at the request of the U.S. The S&P 500 index rose 0.2 percent to 2,637.72 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.1 percent to 24,423.26.

U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest
U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest
  • US
  • 2018-12-11 03:44:08Z

More than 400 demonstrators, many leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, sought a halt to detention and deportation of migrants and for the United States to welcome the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico in November. Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing T-shirts reading, "Love Knows No Borders." They were handcuffed and led away by federal agents upon entering a restricted area in front of the fence. "As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity...We're calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants," said Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, which...

Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election
Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election

President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his will, mocks the investigations into his conduct as candidate and president as a "witch hunt" and insists he will survive the

Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Reaches Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors: Reports
Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Reaches Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors: Reports

Maria Butina, a Russian gun-rights activist accused of working as an agent for

Indiana teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate
Indiana teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana high school football player told investigators that he killed a 17-year-old schoolmate because he was angry that she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant with his child that it was too late to get an abortion, authorities said Monday.

The Latest: Macron promises tax relief for workers, retirees
The Latest: Macron promises tax relief for workers, retirees
  • World
  • 2018-12-11 00:50:15Z

PARIS (AP) - The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):

The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal
The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

What Macron said he
What Macron said he'd do to boost taxpayer purchasing power

French President Emmanuel Macron responded to weeks of disruptive protests Monday, promising to speed up tax relief and to boost the purchasing power of struggling workers and retirees. A look at some ...

NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu
NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules - part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life - embedded in the asteroid's rocky surface. The probe, on a mission to return samples from the asteroid to Earth for study, was launched in 2016. Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth.

Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation
Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation

Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. Based on the description, the "Russian

Kevin McCarthy Says Democrats Shouldn't Spend A Lot Of Time Investigating Trump
Kevin McCarthy Says Democrats Shouldn't Spend A Lot Of Time Investigating Trump

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urged Democrats not to dwell

Joy Behar Jokes On
Joy Behar Jokes On 'The View' That Trump May Be Innocent, But 'Individual-1' Isn't

Special counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors for the Southern District of

Activists again demand Green New Deal; stage demonstration at Dem leaders
Activists again demand Green New Deal; stage demonstration at Dem leaders' offices

Hundreds of pro-environment activists lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday in an attempt to pressure Democratic leaders to endorse a Green New Deal for the new majority's agenda in the next Congress. Protesters staged sit-ins at the congressional offices of Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim McGovern, calling for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and urging Democrats to leverage their power in the 116th Congress to enact green legislative proposals championed by progressives.

Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks
Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) - Groups representing indigenous peoples and youth disrupted a U.S. government event at United Nations climate talks Monday, criticizing the Trump administration's policy of backing the extraction of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

To quell unrest, France
To quell unrest, France's Macron speeds up tax cuts but vows no U-turn
  • World
  • 2018-12-10 21:52:07Z

In his first national address following two weekends of France's worst unrest for years, Macron sought to restore calm and struck a humble tone after accusations that his governing style and economic policies were fracturing the country. "We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns," Macron said in the 13-minute TV address from the Elysee Palace. In measures that are likely to cost billions to state coffers, Macron said people on the minimum wage would see their salaries rise by 100 euros a month in 2019 without extra costs to employers.

U.S. sanctions three North Korean officials for alleged rights abuses
U.S. sanctions three North Korean officials for alleged rights abuses

The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned three North Korean officials, including a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for serious human rights abuses and censorship. It was not clear whether the decision to sanction the three men was related to U.S.-North Korean nuclear diplomacy, which has made little obvious progress since Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Singapore in June.

Global stock decline on growth, Brexit worries;  Wall St. gains
Global stock decline on growth, Brexit worries; Wall St. gains

A gauge of global equities stumbled on Monday, as losses in Europe and Asia extended to Wall Street on new signs world economic growth was being curbed by the U.S.-China trade spat, but was off early lows as U.S. stocks turned positive. Confusion stemming from British Prime Minister Theresa May's abrupt decision on Monday to delay a vote on her Brexit deal weighed heavily on European shares. Sluggish data from the world's largest economies including the United States, China, Japan and Germany have disappointed investors in recent days, along with growing skepticism that Washington and Beijing will be able to reach a trade deal before the expiration of a 90-day window.

Middle-school teacher calls Afros
Middle-school teacher calls Afros 'unacceptable' and 'outlandish' for choir performance

Steven Reeves, a music teacher at Pleasant Run Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio called afros and dreadlocks "unacceptable" and "outlandish" for an upcoming school concert. Reeves and the school district have apologized.

The Latest: Catholic pilgrims bear climate change warning
The Latest: Catholic pilgrims bear climate change warning

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) - The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):

Rumor: LeBron James suggested Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving to Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard
Rumor: LeBron James suggested Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving to Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard

Does LeBron want Lakers to trade for Lillard?

Wall Street
Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue gets new place of honor

The Fearless Girl is making her stand outside the very temple of American capitalism. The hands-on-her-hips statue that spent most of the past two years staring down Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture, becoming a spunky symbol of feminine empowerment, was unveiled Monday at her new permanent

Macron vows tax relief, urges calm in bid to quell protests
Macron vows tax relief, urges calm in bid to quell protests

PARIS (AP) - President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence Monday on the exceptional protests shaking France and his presidency, promising broad tax relief for struggling workers and pensioners - and acknowledging his own responsibility in fueling the nation's anger.

No jail time for Baylor fraternity president accused of rape
No jail time for Baylor fraternity president accused of rape

A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time, prompting outrage from the former Baylor student who filed the complaint and her parents. Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea deal for Jacob Walter

Justices won
Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.

Protesters Arrested Outside Nancy Pelosi's Office In Climate Demonstration
Protesters Arrested Outside Nancy Pelosi's Office In Climate Demonstration

Nearly 150 protesters were arrested outside the Washington, D.C., offices of

Billy Eichner Responds to Nick Cannon
Billy Eichner Responds to Nick Cannon's Tweets About Homophobic Jokes: 'Don't Use' the F-Word

Billy Eichner Responds to Nick Cannon's Tweets About Homophobic Jokes

The Latest: Macron takes responsibility for citizens
The Latest: Macron takes responsibility for citizens' anger

President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he's partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year. Macron is perceived by many in France as arrogant, for instance telling an unemployed man he could find a job if

Macron to speed up tax cuts, raise wages at
Macron to speed up tax cuts, raise wages at 'historic time' for France

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday pledged to cut taxes for pensioners and raise the minimum wage in January but refused to reinstate a wealth tax, as he sought to respond to a wave of protests that have challenged his authority. "We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns," Macron said in a TV address to the nation. (Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by John Irish)

The Latest: Hearing restarts in Canada for Chinese executive
The Latest: Hearing restarts in Canada for Chinese executive

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Latest on the arrest in Canada of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. (all times local):

Sarah Silverman Responds to Nick Cannon Sharing an Old Tweet Where She Used Homophobic Language
Sarah Silverman Responds to Nick Cannon Sharing an Old Tweet Where She Used Homophobic Language

Sarah Silverman Addresses Nick Cannon's Accusation That She Made Homophobic Tweets

Brexit in turmoil as UK PM May pulls vote on her EU divorce deal
Brexit in turmoil as UK PM May pulls vote on her EU divorce deal

May's move on the eve of the scheduled parliamentary vote opens up an array of possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly Brexit without a deal, a last-minute deal clinched just weeks before Britain's March 29 exit, or another EU referendum. Announcing the delay, May was laughed at by some lawmakers when she said there was broad support for her deal reached with the EU last month, the result of 18 months of tortuous negotiations, and that she had listened carefully to different views over it. The United Kingdom would meanwhile step up contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit when it is due to leave on March 29.

Verizon says to shed 10,400 jobs by mid next year
Verizon says to shed 10,400 jobs by mid next year

As part of the separation program, the employees will get a salary of up to 60 weeks, bonus and benefits, depending on the length of their service, Verizon said. "This program coincides with Verizon's recently announced realigned organization structure designed to optimize growth opportunities in the 5G era," the company said. The company said it had 152,300 employees at the end of the third-quarter ending Sept. 30.

Trump
Trump's troubled White House in search of new chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is considering at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through.

Huawei: Chinese media says Canada will pay
Huawei: Chinese media says Canada will pay 'heavy price' if CFO isn't released

Meng Wanzhou attends a VTB Capital Investment forum in Moscow, Russia, on 2 October 2014. China has stepped up pressure on Canada ahead of the resumed bail hearing for a senior Huawei executive who was arrested in Vancouver on a US warrant.

Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Her Dad an Ultimatum About Their Relationship and He Ignored It
Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Her Dad an Ultimatum About Their Relationship and He Ignored It

She's had exactly one conversation with him since her wedding.

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case
In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved."

UK
UK's May pulls vote on her divorce deal, thrusting Brexit into the unknown
  • World
  • 2018-12-10 15:52:09Z

"We will therefore defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the House at this time," May said, adding that the United Kingdom would step up planning for a no-deal Brexit. May accepted there was concern among lawmakers about the Northern Irish 'backstop', an insurance

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars
GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) - General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker contends with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

U.S. top court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds
U.S. top court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds
  • US
  • 2018-12-10 15:13:09Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end public funding by those states to Planned Parenthood, a national women's healthcare and abortion provider, through the Medicaid program. The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates. Three conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from the decision by the nine-member court, saying it should have heard the appeals by the states.

Volkswagen restores cancer worker's 350,000-mile Beetle
Volkswagen restores cancer worker's 350,000-mile Beetle

Kathleen Brooks brings comfort to those suffering with cancer, having driven her 1967 Beetle for 51 years over 350,000 miles. VW ensured her sterling efforts didn't go unnoticed

Think one L88 Corvette is rare? How about a matching pair!
Think one L88 Corvette is rare? How about a matching pair!

Mecum has sourced two examples of the rare Corvette L88 model - a matching hard-top and convertible - which will be sold at its Kissimmee sale on January 3-13

Kid Accidentally Brings Blow-Up Sex Doll to School Nativity
Kid Accidentally Brings Blow-Up Sex Doll to School Nativity

It was an honest mistake.

Cardi B
Cardi B's Fans Are Ripping Offset Apart for Saying He Misses Her After He Cheated

Yeah. He really did that.

May pushes Brexit deal as EU court offers way out
May pushes Brexit deal as EU court offers way out

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday began a final push to persuade parliament to back her Brexit deal as the European Court of Justice ruled Britain was free to halt withdrawal from the bloc unilaterally. The court ruling will fuel calls for a second referendum to stop Brexit and comes on the eve of a once-in-a-lifetime vote by MPs that will determine the fate of Brexit and could lead to May's downfall.

Ghosn, Nissan formally charged in financial misconduct scandal
Ghosn, Nissan formally charged in financial misconduct scandal

Tokyo prosecutors indicted ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for under-reporting his income and also officially charged the automaker, making the firm culpable for the financial misconduct scandal that has shocked the industry. Nissan, which fired Ghosn as chairman days after his arrest, has

'I can't breathe': Saudi journalist Khashoggi's last words - CNN
  • World
  • 2018-12-10 11:01:21Z

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers "I can't breathe" during his final moments in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, CNN reported on Monday. Quoting a source who said they had read the full translated transcript of an audio recording, CNN said that Khashoggi recognized

'I can't breathe': Saudi journalist Khashoggi's last words - CNN

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers "I can't breathe" during his final moments in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, CNN reported on Monday. Quoting a source who said they had read the full translated transcript of an audio recording, CNN said that Khashoggi recognized one of the men, General Maher Mutreb, who told him: "You are coming back". Khashoggi replied: "You can't do that...people are waiting outside." His Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for hours outside the consulate on Oct. 2 and, when he did not return, contacted Turkish authorities about his disappearance.

2 Nuns Accused Of Embezzling $500,000 From Catholic School
2 Nuns Accused Of Embezzling $500,000 From Catholic School

Two Roman Catholic nuns have admitted to embezzling $500,000 from a parochial

Twitter Users Troll Trump With Hilariously Awful Chief Of Staff Suggestions
Twitter Users Troll Trump With Hilariously Awful Chief Of Staff Suggestions

President Donald Trump seems to be having a hard time filling a key role in

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