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Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018
Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - 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.

Yemen
Yemen's warring sides agree on truce in key port city

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) - Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war.

Recalled California judge asks for help to pay legal debt
Recalled California judge asks for help to pay legal debt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California judge who was recalled after sentencing a former Stanford student to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman is asking people to donate money so he can pay court-ordered attorney's fees to the backers of the recall.

Trump Attacks on Fed Could Backfire, Boosting Powell
Trump Attacks on Fed Could Backfire, Boosting Powell's Support

Even though there's an argument for holding interest rates steady, Trump's pressure may make any dissent less likely at the Dec. 18-19 meeting when a fourth quarter-point increase this year is widely expected. FOMC members will stand behind Powell," said William Poole, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who regularly dissented at meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee during a 10-year term ending in 2008. There is a powerful culture of an independent Fed" and policy makers will want "to avoid any hint of siding with Trump.

Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election
Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election

Democratic Republic of Congo's national electoral commission (CENI) said in a statement the blaze had destroyed 8,000 of 10,368 voting machines due to be used in the capital Kinshasa, but said the election would go ahead as scheduled. CENI did not say who it believed to be responsible for the fire - which broke out about 2 a.m. (0100 GMT) in the Gombe riverside area of Kinshasa that is also home to President Joseph Kabila's residence - but the ruling coalition and leading opposition candidates immediately traded accusations of blame. Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC), which is backing former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary in the presidential race, accused opposition...

Pelosi says House Democrats will begin process to obtain Trump tax returns
Pelosi says House Democrats will begin process to obtain Trump tax returns

The House Ways and Means Committee will "take the first steps," said Pelosi, who has the backing of her members to become the next speaker of the House in January. "There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president's tax returns," she said, speaking to reporters. "I'm sure the White House will resist, so the question is where do we go from there." Trump defied decades of tradition when he refused to release his tax records while running for president and after taking office.

Janet Jackson To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame For 2019
Janet Jackson To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame For 2019

Janet Jackson is a 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Exclusive: Chinese battery firm halts purchases of cobalt from Glencore - sources
Exclusive: Chinese battery firm halts purchases of cobalt from Glencore - sources

LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese battery firm GEM has stopped buying cobalt from Glencore as the price of the battery material crashed below that agreed in a three-year deal between the two companies, sources close to the matter said. GEM said in a March 14 regulatory filing that it would buy 52,800

Jennifer Grey Joins
Jennifer Grey Joins 'Grey's Anatomy' for Mysterious Multi-Episode Arc

It's the job she was born to do: Jennifer Grey is checking into Grey's Anatomy. TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dirty Dancing icon is joining ABC's still-thriving medical drama for a multi episode midseason arc. An ABC rep confirmed Grey's Grey's (ha!) stint, but declined to provide details on her character and/or exactly how many episodes she […]

GOP Hurtles Toward Shutdown With No Plan to Avoid It
GOP Hurtles Toward Shutdown With No Plan to Avoid It

In Paul Ryan's waning days as House speaker, leaders are wavering about whether to try to pass a spending bill with the $5 billion President Donald Trump is demanding for his wall at the Mexican border. Senate Republicans also haven't announced any plan to fund the government. At one point, third-ranking House Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana said Thursday the House would "move a bill" containing the $5 billion.

Serena Williams Makes History As First Woman To Ever Wear Cornrows On Teen Vogue Cover
Serena Williams Makes History As First Woman To Ever Wear Cornrows On Teen Vogue Cover

Serena Williams is breaking down barriers left and right.

The Latest: Diplomat: Consensus near on global warming rules
The Latest: Diplomat: Consensus near on global warming rules

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) - The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):

No Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukraine ships: Bolton
No Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukraine ships: Bolton
  • World
  • 2018-12-13 15:52:04Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Russia still holds Ukrainian ships and sailors seized near Crimea, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday. "I don't see circumstances in the foreseeable

Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis
Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

JERUSALEM (AP) - A Palestinian gunman got out of a car and opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, killing two Israeli soldiers before speeding away, the Israeli military said.

Pimco Sees
Pimco Sees 'Flashing Orange' U.S. Recession Signal as Cycle Ages

"The probability of a U.S. recession over the next 12 months has risen to about 30 percent recently and is thus higher than at any point in this nine-year-old expansion," Pimco economist Joachim Fels and Andrew Balls, global fixed-income chief investment officer, wrote in an outlook released Thursday

Palestinian kills two Israeli soldiers after Israel kills two in West Bank raids
Palestinian kills two Israeli soldiers after Israel kills two in West Bank raids

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the gunman had climbed from a car at a junction near Ofra settlement and opened fire at Israeli troops and civilians standing nearby. In earlier overnight swoops in the West Bank, Israel also said on Thursday its commandos had killed the Palestinian behind Sunday's attack, as well as another wanted for an Oct 7 shooting at a settlement industrial park that killed a man and a woman, both civilians. The West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem were captured by Israel in a 1967 war.

Teen shoots himself to death at Indiana middle school: police, media
  • US
  • 2018-12-13 15:34:21Z

(Reuters) - An unidentified teenager shot himself to death at a Richmond, Indiana, middle school on Thursday but no students were injured, according to state police and local media.

Mexico
Mexico's president did not discuss border wall with Trump
  • World
  • 2018-12-13 15:32:37Z

... It was a respectful and friendly conversation," Lopez Obrador told reporters following a tweet in which the U.S. president said a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada would cover the cost of a wall. Lopez Obrador said they discussed the possibility of creating a joint program for development and job creation in Central America and Mexico. One of Trump's key campaign promises was to build the border wall and he had long pledged that Mexico -- not U.S. taxpayers -- would fund it.

Trading startup Robinhood branches out into U.S. checking and savings accounts
Trading startup Robinhood branches out into U.S. checking and savings accounts

Commission-free trading startup Robinhood has launched U.S. checking and savings accounts that pay a 3 percent interest rate, broadening the suite of financial products it offers, the company said on Thursday. The accounts, which come with a debit card, will require no minimum balance, will have no

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame
Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton
U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton
  • World
  • 2018-12-13 14:53:23Z

"Great power competitors, namely China and Russia, are rapidly expanding their financial and political influence across Africa," Bolton said. "They are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States." Bolton's speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, comes as U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaders of the world's two largest economies, seek to resolve trade disputes that have roiled global markets and created economic uncertainty.

Exclusive: Iran falls to 6th biggest oil supplier to India in November, from 4th in October
Exclusive: Iran falls to 6th biggest oil supplier to India in November, from 4th in October

India's monthly oil imports from Iran plunged to their lowest in a year in November with Tehran dropping two places to become only the sixth biggest supplier after New Delhi cut purchases due to the impact of U.S. sanctions, according to ship tracking data and industry sources. Last month, the United

Palestinian kills two Israelis in West Bank shooting: army
Palestinian kills two Israelis in West Bank shooting: army

A Palestinian shot dead two Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, after security forces killed two Palestinian murder suspects, stoking fears of wider violence. The army said the shooting at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement also wounded at least two other people, although a spokesperson was unable to confirm reports the assailant targeted Israeli soldiers. The Israeli army said it responded by encircling the West Bank city of Ramallah and sending in reinforcements.

The Latest: UN chief says Yemen warring sides agree to truce
The Latest: UN chief says Yemen warring sides agree to truce

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) - The Latest on the U.N.-sponsored Yemen peace talks that are wrapping up in Sweden (all times local):

NATO to send Kiev signals equipment after latest Ukraine-Russia spat
NATO to send Kiev signals equipment after latest Ukraine-Russia spat

NATO will supply Ukraine's military with secure communication equipment this month, its head Jens Stoltenberg told President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting on Thursday called to discuss an escalation of Kiev's conflict with Moscow. Stoltenberg praised Ukraine's "calm and restraint" after Russia seized of three its naval vessels and their crew off Crimea last month. Part of a 40 million euros ($46 million) pledge by the Western military alliance to strengthen Ukraine's armed forces, Stoltenberg said the secure communications equipment would be delivered by the end of the year.

The Latest: Palestinian president condemns West Bank attack
The Latest: Palestinian president condemns West Bank attack

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer
As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office. Both Michael Cohen and American Media Inc. now say

More Americans view climate change as
More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
  • US
  • 2018-12-13 12:29:36Z

A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an "imminent" threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The public concern over global warming in the United States clashes with President Donald Trump's policies aimed at maximizing fossil fuels production and dismantling climate protections he views as too onerous and costly for industry. Trump last year announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an accord to curb global warming struck by nearly 200 nations in 2015 that he said would kill American jobs and...

GE Surges as Biggest Bear Lifts Rating After Calling the Slump

General Electric climbed in pre-market trading as JPMorgan analyst Steve Tusa upgrades the company to neutral from underweight as the liabilities and "known unknowns" are better understood and reflected in the stock price. While the challenges remain the same -- the need to reduce debt and pension liabilities, restructure the power business and improve free cash flow -- an equity capital raise would help address the leverage issues and also protect the balance sheet from a potential downturn, Tusa wrote in a note Thursday. Still, he warned that a reset in free cash flow expectations may be necessary, even as it could provide a bottom for the stock.

Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary
Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary
  • US
  • 2018-12-13 12:20:42Z

Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST, the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to die in 1994. Jimenez was accused of beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, after he broke into her North Miami apartment on Oct. 2, 1992.

Hailey Baldwin Just Got the Most Major Hair Makeover
Hailey Baldwin Just Got the Most Major Hair Makeover

Come at her, 2019.

What It
What It's Really Like to Be in America's Middle Class

The middle class faces high prices for real estate and college.

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured
Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said. The 6:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the

U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report
U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report

Current weakness in the utility-scale market, however, will be offset by larger volumes of projects than had been expected over the next five years because solar energy is now cheaper than ever, the report said. Quarterly installations of utility-scale solar were 678 megawatts, the lowest quarter since

Pelosi agrees to term limit to seal US House speaker job
Pelosi agrees to term limit to seal US House speaker job

Veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi took a step Wednesday toward regaining her old job as powerful speaker of the US House of Representatives. The new assortment of lawmakers features more women and minorities and also a slew of younger representatives. With a new-look chamber about to get operating, some lawmakers have been complaining for weeks that Pelosi represents the old guard.

Israeli woman hurt in Palestinian attack loses baby, gunman killed
Israeli woman hurt in Palestinian attack loses baby, gunman killed

A baby who was delivered prematurely to an Israeli woman wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank died in hospital on Wednesday, officials said, hours before the gunman was killed by pursuing Israeli forces. Shira Ish-Ran, seven months pregnant, her husband and five others were injured in Sunday's attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish settlement of Ofra in the occupied West Bank. "The security forces are in pursuit of the murderer." After he spoke, Israel's Shin Bet security service said troops operating near the West Bank city of Ramallah tried to arrest Omar al-Barghouthi, a Palestinian who was among suspects in the Ofra attack, but shot him dead when he...

Trump Gets Win as Xi Makes Good on Pledge to Buy U.S. Soybeans
Trump Gets Win as Xi Makes Good on Pledge to Buy U.S. Soybeans

The giant Asian commodity importer bought 1.5 million to 2 million metric tons of American supply over the past 24 hours, with shipments expected to occur sometime during the first quarter, the U.S. Soybean Export Council said, citing unidentified industry sources. The purchases represent a major gesture

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion
  • US
  • 2018-12-13 02:54:39Z

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

Mexican president says he and Trump discussed joint program on migration
Mexican president says he and Trump discussed joint program on migration
  • World
  • 2018-12-13 02:18:10Z

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke by telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday and discussed the issue of migration, he said in a tweet. The two leaders discussed the possibility of creating a joint program for development and job creation in Central America and Mexico

Two technicians die at U.S. research station in Antarctica
Two technicians die at U.S. research station in Antarctica

Two technicians performing maintenance at a U.S. research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The pair, both employed as subcontractors at the NSF-managed McMurdo Station in Antarctica, were found unconscious on the floor of the building after a helicopter pilot flying over the area saw what appeared to be smoke coming from the structure and landed to investigate. One of the technicians was pronounced dead by medical personnel called to the scene.

Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey
Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft and onto the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Pelosi, foes clinch deal all but paving her way to speaker
Pelosi, foes clinch deal all but paving her way to speaker

Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured Wednesday that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post. Democrats widely agreed that the pledge meant Pelosi had

US Congress legalizes industrial hemp cultivation
US Congress legalizes industrial hemp cultivation

The US Congress on Wednesday approved the legalization of large-scale hemp cultivation and its removal from a list of controlled substances. "This is the culmination of a lot of work by a number of us here in Washington but really the victory is for the growers, processors, manufacturers and consumers who stand to benefit from this growing market place," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The measure was supported by both Republicans and Democrats who argued it was an opportunity for American farmers.

Canada warns U.S. not to politicize extradition cases
Canada warns U.S. not to politicize extradition cases
  • World
  • 2018-12-13 00:42:27Z

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington's request. Freeland also told reporters that a second

After Trump comment on Huawei, official says Justice Dept. sticks to law enforcement
After Trump comment on Huawei, official says Justice Dept. sticks to law enforcement

A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal. "What we do

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case
Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case

Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have broken their silence after a judge allowed the former fraternity president to avoid serving jail time, attacking the ex-fraternity president's accuser and saying she gave "inconsistent" statements to the prosecution.

Reds acquire Tanner Roark from Nationals
Reds acquire Tanner Roark from Nationals

The Reds acquired veteran starter Tanner Roark from the Nationals in exchange for reliever Tanner Rainey on Wednesday.

Weather agency chief: I
Weather agency chief: I've never briefed Trump on warming

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump.

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion
  • US
  • 2018-12-12 23:39:34Z

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits if elected House speaker
Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits if elected House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she supported a proposal that would limit her to four years as House speaker, likely paving the way for her to win the post in January when Democrats take control of the chamber. (Reporting by Eric Beech, editing by G Crosse)

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