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LSU quarterback wins 2019 Heisman Trophy. Pawn shop operator arrested in Jersey City shooting investigation. Here's the weekend's biggest news.

Dems outline potential framework for Senate impeachment trial, want Bolton, Mulvaney to testify
Dems outline potential framework for Senate impeachment trial, want Bolton, Mulvaney to testify

Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he was working in "total coordination with the White House counsel."

Senate Democrats Demand White House Testimony on Impeachment
Senate Democrats Demand White House Testimony on Impeachment

(Bloomberg) -- Democrats demanded that members of the Trump administration testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in a letter sent Sunday night from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Schumer laid out detailed proposals for the impeachment trial, which he said should start on Jan. 9 after "pre-trial housekeeping measures" are adopted Jan. 6, and follow a similar structure to the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton.Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton were among those named by Schumer.The letter comes as a top Democrat in the House, Representative Adam Schiff said the...

Boeing considers more 737 MAX production cutbacks: Report
Boeing considers more 737 MAX production cutbacks: Report

Further cutbacks could be felt throughout the industry.

Jeremy Corbyn should never have apologised over anti-Semitism claims, says French far-Left ally
Jeremy Corbyn should never have apologised over anti-Semitism claims, says French far-Left ally

French far-Left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon has sparked uproar by claiming Jeremy Corbyn should never have apologised over "churlish" anti-Semitism accusations, which he claimed were trumped up by the chief rabbi and Israeli Right. Mr Mélenchon, who came fourth in France's 2017 presidential election, claimed that the UK Labour leader lost a part of the electorate during his election campaign by showing "weakness" over such allegations. In a blog, he said: "(Corbyn) had to endure, unaided, churlish anti-Semitism claims from England's chief rabbi and various influence networks linked to Likoud (the hard Right party of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu". "Instead of riposting, he...

Mexico: 50 bodies among remains at farm outside Guadalajara

Human remains discovered last month at a farm outside the city of Guadalajara have been confirmed as belonging to at least 50 people, authorities in Mexico's west-central state of Jalisco reported. Jalisco state prosecutors said recovery work at the farm in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, which began Nov. 22 after the initial discovery, concluded Friday as experts determined there was no more evidence to be gathered from the scene. The state is home to Jalisco New Generation, one of Mexico's bloodiest and most ruthless drug cartels.

Kanye West and JAY-Z Reunite at Sean
Kanye West and JAY-Z Reunite at Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Birthday Party After Years of Feuding

Kanye West and JAY-Z Reunite at Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Party

Mexico trade negotiator: We
Mexico trade negotiator: We'll never accept US 'inspectors'

Mexico's trade negotiator for North America said Sunday that Mexico categorically opposes allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country, saying that was not contemplated in the recent agreement with Washington and Ottawa on the USMCA pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Jesús Seade was flying to Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. lawmakers to express his country's "surprise and concern" over language in implementation legislation introduced Friday in the U.S. Congress calling for the posting of up to five labor attaches to monitor Mexico's labor reform.

USA TODAY poll: Narrow majority opposes removing Trump from office if he is impeached
USA TODAY poll: Narrow majority opposes removing Trump from office if he is impeached

In a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll, Americans split on impeachment, but a narrow majority oppose conviction. But issue ranks low as a voting concern in 2020.

Trump anti-impeachment protestors disrupt Adam Schiff at Armenian Genocide Recognition event
Trump anti-impeachment protestors disrupt Adam Schiff at Armenian Genocide Recognition event

Amid the congressional impeachment inquiry, Trump supporters interrupted an event recognizing the Armenian Genocide to protest Rep. Adam Schiff.

Lori Loughlin claims feds concealing evidence in
Lori Loughlin claims feds concealing evidence in 'Varsity Blues' college entrance scam
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  • 2019-12-15 20:18:00Z

Fighting charges they lied and paid $500,000 in bribes to secure entry for their two daughters into the University of Southern California, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband filed court papers claiming federal prosecutors are concealing evidence that can clear their names in the nationwide "Operation Varsity Blues" college scam. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, asked a federal judge in Boston for "urgently needed" help in forcing the government to fork over evidence they say disproves charges they bribed a USC administrator to get their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade Giannulli, into the school.

Reds
Reds' Bauer barbs MLB commissioner 'trying to ruin baseball'

Bauer sent a series of tweets during the weekend, starting with a jab about Major League Baseball's threat to cut ties with minor league affiliates. Bauer followed up with: ''At least Rob Manfred is trying to ruin baseball at all levels and isn't discriminating. MLB had no immediate

Trump threatens Comey with
Trump threatens Comey with 'years in jail' over FBI Russia report

* Ex-director admits 'sloppiness' in surveillance of Trump aide * Presidential abuse follows Fox News Sunday interview * Impeachment: Democrats fume as Republicans rally to TrumpJames Comey, the former director of the FBI who has become a prime nemesis of Donald Trump, admitted on Sunday to being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser.He also fiercely defended himself and the bureau against any suggestion of political bias, prompting a new threat, of "years in jail", from Trump.Comey, who was fired by Trump as America's top law enforcement official in May 2017, came under intense questioning on Fox News Sunday, sparring with...

Italian city evacuated as World War Two-era British bomb is defused
Italian city evacuated as World War Two-era British bomb is defused

Italian authorities ordered the biggest peacetime evacuation in the country since World War Two on Sunday to defuse a massive unexploded British bomb that was partially damaged when discovered in the southern city of Brindisi. The historic evacuation displaced some 53,000 residents  -more than half - of the coastal city on the Adriatic,  due to the high risk that the 440-pound ordnance containing 40 kilograms of dynamite could explode. The chances of detonation were increased after the munition was damaged on November 2  by a bulldozer excavating for a remodel of a cinema.. The bomb is believed to have been dropped on the city in a 1941 air raid, during the period of World War Two when...

US trade negotiator hails
US trade negotiator hails 'remarkable' deal with China

China committed to a minimum of $200 billion in increased purchases over the next two years from US manufacturers, farmers, energy producers and providers of services over the next two years, according to Lighthizer. US exports to China will double in the next year, and nearly triple the year after if the agreement is in place. In 2017, before the US-China trade war was unleashed, the United States exported some $120 billion in goods to the Asian giant.

Andrew Yang says he
Andrew Yang says he's willing to accept a VP offer from Joe Biden

In the first Yahoo News episode of "Hot Mic With Brittany Shepherd," our national politics reporter hops on Andrew Yang's tour bus in Iowa as the Democratic presidential candidate travels between campaign stops in Waterloo and Dubuque. Yang discussed the latest revelations on the controversy with Alyssa Milano; who he would choose as his running mate; and new insights into his relationship with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Remains of teen murdered in 1976 identified as missing 14-year-old by California investigators
Remains of teen murdered in 1976 identified as missing 14-year-old by California investigators
  • US
  • 2019-12-15 18:57:00Z

California police have positively identified the remains of a teen who was found murdered 43 years ago as a 14-year-old missing girl. The body was discovered by a man walking his dog in the Lake Merced neighborhood of San Francisco on Oct. 1, 1976, after the man saw the girl's hand protruding from the sand, according to a news release by the New Jersey State Police. Investigators could only determine that the victim was a young Asian female who had a gold chain and owl pendant necklace in her pocket, but she was not identified as Judy Gifford until recent weeks, police said.

Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer Give a Sneak Peek at Top Gun Sequel:
Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer Give a Sneak Peek at Top Gun Sequel: 'Finally Get to Share'

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise Give Sneak Peek at Top Gun Sequel

Tapper Grills Rand Paul on Ukraine: You Really Think Trump
Tapper Grills Rand Paul on Ukraine: You Really Think Trump's 'Concerned About Rooting Out Corruption?'

CNN anchor Jake Tapper's Sunday interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) quickly grew contentious and heated as the State of the Union host repeatedly confronted the conservative senator on his belief that President Donald Trump is actually concerned about corruption.The Kentucky lawmaker, who is one of the president's most vocal defenders in the Senate, told Tapper on Sunday morning that he'd already made up his mind to acquit Trump on impeachment despite the fact that the Senate trial hasn't even begun yet, calling it a "partisan exercise."The CNN host, meanwhile, noted that it didn't sound like the Senate impeachment oath that Paul will take "will mean very much" since the senator has...

Zambia Says Ambassador Should Leave After Defending Gay Couple
Zambia Says Ambassador Should Leave After Defending Gay Couple

(Bloomberg) -- Zambia's President Edgar Lungu said he wanted the U.S. Ambassador to leave the country after the diplomat criticized the African nation for sentencing a gay couple to 15 years of imprisonment for having a consensual relationship."We have complained officially to the American government, and we are waiting for their response because we don't want such people in our midst," Lungu said Sunday in comments broadcast on state-owned ZNBC TV. "We want him gone."U.S. Ambassador Daniel Foote said last month that he was "personally horrified" after the high court sentenced the two men and called on the government to reconsider laws that punish minority groups.Read More: From Nov. 30,...

Trump trails all top Democrats, half of voters favor impeachment, Fox News poll says
Trump trails all top Democrats, half of voters favor impeachment, Fox News poll says

President Donald Trump lost in hypothetical matchups against the top-polling Democrats, including late entrant Michael Bloomberg, according to a Fox News poll.

Britney Spears Shows Off Holiday Decor, Asks Fans to Stop Saying the
Britney Spears Shows Off Holiday Decor, Asks Fans to Stop Saying the 'Meanest Things' Online

Britney Spears Says It's Been 'Hard' to Share on Social Media

U.S.-China trade deal
U.S.-China trade deal 'totally done', will expand U.S. exports: Lighthizer

The "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal will nearly double U.S. exports to China over the next two years and is "totally done" despite the need for translation and revisions to its text, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday. Lighthizer said a date and location for senior U.S. and Chinese officials to formally sign the agreement is still being determined. The deal, announced on Friday after more than two and a half years of on-and-off negotiations between Washington and Beijing, will reduce some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural, manufactured and energy products by some $200 billion over the next two years.

Washington bracing for impeachment as battle lines harden
Washington bracing for impeachment as battle lines harden
  • World
  • 2019-12-15 17:32:08Z

As Washington braces for this week's expected vote to impeach President Donald Trump, partisan battle lines hardened on Sunday, with Democrats defending impeachment even if Trump isn't removed from office and Republicans denouncing the integrity of the constitutional process. The Democratic-controlled House planned to vote Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against the Republican president, and the decision whether to make Trump the third U.S. president in history to be impeached was expected to play out along party lines. There is some debate between the White House and GOP-run Senate about the contours of the Senate trial anticipated in January, but there seems little doubt the...

Pawn shop operator Ahmed A-Hady arrested as Jersey City shooting investigation expands
Pawn shop operator Ahmed A-Hady arrested as Jersey City shooting investigation expands

A pawn shop operator was arrested on a weapons charge as authorities expanded their investigation into last week's Jersey City shooting rampage.

Man who stole $88,000 from bank vault caught after flashing stacks of bills on social media, FBI says
Man who stole $88,000 from bank vault caught after flashing stacks of bills on social media, FBI says
  • US
  • 2019-12-15 17:28:00Z

Federal investigators have arrested a man who allegedly stole $88,000 from a bank vault after the suspect posted photos of stolen stacks of bills online. Charlotte resident Arlando M. Henderson, 29, allegedly had access to the vault at the Wells Fargo location where he worked and stole the sum over the course of at least 18 different occasions in 2019, according to a federal indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of North Carolina on Nov. 19. The vault he allegedly stole from contained cash deposits from customers, according to a news release by the FBI.

US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims: report
US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims: report

The United States quietly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper, which cited multiple people with knowledge of the episode, said it appeared to be the first time in more than 30 years that the US has expelled Chinese diplomats on suspicion of espionage. The incident comes as the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies, wrangle over trade.

'He was right, I was wrong': Former FBI director James Comey admits he was wrong to defend FBI's use of the FISA surveillance process

"He was right, I was wrong," former FBI director James Comey said on Fox News Sunday. "I was overconfident, as director, in our procedures."

Comey:
Comey: 'Real sloppiness' in Russia probe but no misconduct
  • World
  • 2019-12-15 16:48:18Z

Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled.

He Was One of Mexico
He Was One of Mexico's Deadliest Assassins. Then He Turned on His Cartel.
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  • 2019-12-15 16:42:09Z

JOJUTLA, Mexico -- The recruits filed into a clearing, where a group of trainers with the stern bearing of drill sergeants stood in a tight row, hiding something."How many of you have killed someone before?" one of the instructors asked. A few hands shot up.The trainers separated, revealing a naked corpse face up in the grass. One thrust a machete into the nearest man's hand."Dismember that body," he ordered.The recruit froze. The instructor waited, then walked up behind the terrified recruit and fired a bullet into his head, killing him. Next, he passed the blade to a lanky teenager while the others watched, dumbfounded.The teenager didn't hesitate. Offered the chance...

Switzerland Plans to Send Its Old Fighter Jets Back to the U.S.

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is expected to buy 22 aging fighter jets from Switzerland, a country that's struggling to modernize its own air force.U.S. Navy representatives and the Swiss defense procurement agency, known as Armasuisse, discussed the deal in July, an agency spokesman said by email on Sunday. The contract is expected to be signed once U.S. lawmakers approve the fiscal 2020 defense budget, he said.President Donald Trump is seeking $718 billion in Pentagon funding for 2020, including $39.7 million for the F-5s, an aircraft first delivered to Switzerland in 1978. Nowadays, the U.S. uses the F-5 to simulate enemy planes in aerial combat training.Switzerland has been trying to buy...

'I Was Wrong': Comey Admits to Fox News There Were 'Significant Errors' in FISA Process

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted he was "wrong," noting on Fox News Sunday that the recently released Justice Department inspector general's report on the Russia probe launch did find "significant errors" in the FISA warrant applications related to a former Trump campaign aide. Following the release of IG Michael Horowitz's report on Monday, Comey has been doing a bit of a victory lap, pointing to the inspector general finding there was no political bias and the FBI had sufficient evidence and predicant to launch the Russia probe. Horowitz, however, told Congress last week that his report didn't "vindicate anybody" associated with the investigation.Fox News anchor Chris Wallace's...

U.S. exports to China to nearly double in
U.S. exports to China to nearly double in 'totally done' trade deal: Lighthizer
  • US
  • 2019-12-15 16:11:11Z

The "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal will nearly double U.S. exports to China over the next two years and is "totally done" despite the need for translation and revisions to its text, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday. A date for senior U.S. and Chinese officials to formally sign the agreement is still being determined, Lighthizer said. The deal, announced on Friday after more than two and a half years of on-and-off negotiations between Washington and Beijing, will reduce some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural, manufactured and energy products by some $200 billion over the next two years.

A year in, Gavin Newsom is still fighting Trump. Is he doing enough to govern California?
A year in, Gavin Newsom is still fighting Trump. Is he doing enough to govern California?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been in the job a year. Critics say homelessness is rising, housing prices are too high, and the grid is dangerous.

Guatemalan man sought in massacre faces immigration charge

A Guatemalan man wanted for his role in a massacre of indigenous Guatemalans in the 1980s is being sentenced for illegal reentry into the U.S. Francisco Cuxum Alvarado is slated to be sentenced Friday in Boston federal court after pleading guilty to the charge in September. Cuxum Alvarado, 64, was found in Waltham, Massachusetts, in April after he previously entered the country illegally in 2004 and was ordered to leave.

Box Office:
Box Office: 'Jumanji 2' Levels Up With $60 Million Debut, 'Richard Jewell' Stumbles

It's shaping up to be a merry holiday season for "Jumanji: The Next Level." Sony's adventure sequel debuted in first place to $60.1 million, dethroning "Frozen" after three consecutive weeks as box office champ. Those ticket sales, arriving at the higher end of industry projections, represent a healthy jump on the $36 million start of […]

Top Democrats make case for Republicans to endorse Trump impeachment
Top Democrats make case for Republicans to endorse Trump impeachment
  • US
  • 2019-12-15 15:27:26Z

Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives made a last-minute pitch to Republicans on Sunday for why they should put partisanship aside and vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Trump is expected to become the third U.S. president to be impeached when the full Democratic-led House votes on the charges, likely this week, setting up a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, speaking on ABC's "This Week," warned that Trump poses "a clear and present danger" to democracy.

Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm
Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm

Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags. The image has drawn plenty of comment online about the performance of German railways. Some Twitter users expressed pity for Thunberg for not being able to get a proper seat on the train for the long ride home from Madrid, where she was attending the U.N. climate change conference.

San Francisco
San Francisco's housing market is so dire that the city's radioactive Treasure Island is finally getting a $6 billion makeover. Meet the residents who have lived on it for years.

In a city with a housing crisis, San Francisco is taking what it can get with its $6 billion facelift of the sinking, radioactive Treasure Island.

NATO Nightmare: A Russian Invasion of Iceland?
NATO Nightmare: A Russian Invasion of Iceland?

You've got to be kidding (but we're not).

A 29-year-old mayor is giving his city
A 29-year-old mayor is giving his city's poorest residents $500 per month. He thinks his policy could work on a national scale.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs doesn't support a basic income program that has strings attached. That's why he is critical of Andrew Yang's plan.

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It
Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It's contentious but doctors, feds say yes

Government health officials say excessive use of today's potent THC can lead to psychosis. Marijuana advocates say they can't be trusted.

Zimbabwe vice president's wife arrested for suspected fraud, money laundering

Zimbabwean authorities arrested the wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on charges of money laundering, fraud and violating exchange control regulations, the country's anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) said on Sunday. Marry Mubaiwa was arrested on Saturday evening and will likely appear in court on Monday, ZACC spokesman John Makamure said. Appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa this year, ZACC is under pressure to show that it can tackle high-level graft, which watchdog Transparency International estimates is costing the country $1 billion annually.

Horse-trading Iran hawks seize on Pompeo
Horse-trading Iran hawks seize on Pompeo's Senate interest
  • World
  • 2019-12-15 13:15:02Z

In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a portion of an internal legal opinion that says the U.S. has the right to demand that all U.N. sanctions on Iran be reinstated, despite President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal.

Military probes possible "white power" hand signs at Army-Navy game
Military probes possible "white power" hand signs at Army-Navy game

US military officials said they are investigating an incident where army and navy students used hand signs that can signal white power during a television broadcast. The symbol was shown by two West Point cadets and a Naval Academy midshipman during festivities televised live by ESPN Saturday before a football game in Philadelphia between the army and navy. Military officials told the Wall Street Journal the motive behind the hand gestures is being investigated.

9 Dem candidates demand DNC toss out current debate rules
9 Dem candidates demand DNC toss out current debate rules

Party officials signaled Saturday that they are unlikely to budge and change the rules.

Greta Thunberg apologizes for "against the wall" comment
Greta Thunberg apologizes for "against the wall" comment

Thunberg says she was translating a Swedish saying into English and was not calling for violence.

Hong Konger
Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint

Hong Kong's immigration department said Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police checkpoint. The disappearance first emerged on Saturday when the man's son told local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by Chinese police on his way to the semi-autonomous city of Macau. The man was travelling by bus on Friday afternoon along the bridge-and-tunnel network linking Hong Kong, Macau and mainland city Zhuhai, his son said.

The lies have it: Republicans abandon truth in Trump impeachment defence
The lies have it: Republicans abandon truth in Trump impeachment defence
  • World
  • 2019-12-15 06:00:44Z

As the GOP counter-offensive runs on fake news and conspiracy theories, critics say truth itself is under attack"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four," George Orwell wrote in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. "If that is granted, all else follows."The pro-Donald Trump industrial complex has not yet denied basic arithmetic. But as impeachment looms, his allies appear to be waging an increasingly frantic political and media counter-offensive that puts truth itself in the dock.A bewildering array of fake news, warped facts and conspiracy theories have been propagated in the past week by conservative media, Republican politicians, White House officials and the president in...

Donald Trump fears only one Democrat: Warren Sanders
Donald Trump fears only one Democrat: Warren Sanders

The two senators, working for everyday Americans, are streets ahead of any establishment candidateThere aren't 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so we're going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way - by electing a Democrat next 3 November.That Democrat will be Warren Sanders.Although there are differences between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, I'm putting them together for the purpose of making a simple point.These two have most of the grassroots energy in the 2020 campaign, most of the enthusiasm and most of the ideas critical for America's future.Together, they lead Joe Biden and every other so-called...

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