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The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies
The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

Revance will wait to seek backing for Botox-rival

Revance Therapeutics Inc will wait to seek partnerships with bigger drugmakers until it is closer to regulatory approval for its Botox rival treatment, Chief Executive Dan Browne told Reuters in an interview. The California-based drug developer shook the aesthetic industry last week by reporting data that showed its drug RT002 reduced the severity of frown lines for about six months, almost double the 3-4 months Botox and other treatments achieve. The news sent a shiver through investors who have bet on Botox owner Allergan Plc and its development strategy, which relies heavily on the popularity of the treatment both in cosmetic and therapeutic procedures.

Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal
Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal

It might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Bethenny Frankel Is Suing Ex-Husband Jason Hoppy for Full Custody of Daughter Bryn
Bethenny Frankel Is Suing Ex-Husband Jason Hoppy for Full Custody of Daughter Bryn

The fallout from Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy's divorce isn't over yet.

The Latest: Turnout for Alabama vote could reach 25 percent
The Latest: Turnout for Alabama vote could reach 25 percent

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

A look at what didn
A look at what didn't happen in the Alabama Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - As Alabama's high-profile Senate race heads toward a Tuesday vote, supporters and opponents of GOP candidate Roy Moore are bending the truth - or shattering it to pieces - in the campaign's final stretch.

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History
California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is
Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'

Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away", the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation's nuclear tests. "Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?" ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.

The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothers
The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothers

They say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans. Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught in the process.    After seven years behind bars, one such godmother - Maria Angela Di Trapani - was freed from prison in 2015 and for the last two years has allegedly been quietly moving up through the secretive, male-dominated ranks of Sicily's Cosa Nostra. On Tuesday, the 49-year-old wife of notorious boss Salvino Madonia was among 25 people arrested in a sweeping Palermo raid,...

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief
As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on multiple different fronts -- stretching from areas north of Los Angeles down to the San Diego region -- authorities have reported only one fatality. "There's still tons and tons of hot spots out there," Captain Jon Heggie of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said early Saturday.

Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don't Sound Too Inspired.
Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don't Sound Too Inspired.

― Days before Alabama's special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones is within striking distance of winning a seat his party hasn't won in 25 years.

Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As
Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As 'Fabricated'

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly use of government helicopters, calling them "total fabrications and a wild departure from reality."

Trump Watches Up To 8 Hours Of TV Per Day
Trump Watches Up To 8 Hours Of TV Per Day

President Donald Trump, who just last month said he's too busy "reading documents" to watch much television, spends up to 8 hours in front of the TV each day, according to a new report.

6 Ideas For A Truly Radical Tax System Instead Of Trump's Tax Plan For The Wealthy
6 Ideas For A Truly Radical Tax System Instead Of Trump's Tax Plan For The Wealthy

It was billed as radical tax reform ― reducing taxes for the middle class and closing loopholes for the rich ― but the Republicans have come under serious fire for offering the biggest breaks to companies and the wealthy.

Iraq declares the end of its war on Isil
Iraq declares the end of its war on Isil

Iraq's war against the Islamic State (Isil) is over and the jihadist group has been no longer controls any territory inside the country, Iraq's prime minister declared on Saturday.  Haider al-Abadi said Isil forces had been driven from their final pockets of control and that the Iraqi state was now fully in control of the country's border with Syria.  "Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh [Isil]," Mr Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. "Our enemy wanted to kill our civilisation, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed in little time." His announcement marked...

Aid groups vow to boycott new Myanmar camps for Rohingya returnees
Aid groups vow to boycott new Myanmar camps for Rohingya returnees

Global aid groups on Saturday warned Myanmar they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state, saying refugees must be allowed to settle in their original homes. The joint statement, signed by more than a dozen humanitarian organisations including Save the Children and Oxfam, said the groups were "concerned" by recent announcements that Myanmar would begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh in two months. More than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have fled into Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district since late August, when the Myanmar army launched a sweeping crackdown on Rohingya rebels in northern Rakhine state.

Maria Menounos Shares Video Taken 24 Hours After Her Life-Saving Brain Surgery
Maria Menounos Shares Video Taken 24 Hours After Her Life-Saving Brain Surgery

Maria Menounos is giving fans an intimate look at her recovery six months after her life-saving brain surgery

Donald Trump Lashes Out At CNN, ABC Over Reporting Errors
Donald Trump Lashes Out At CNN, ABC Over Reporting Errors

President Donald Trump attacked CNN and ABC for recent reporting errors in stories involving the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.

Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire
Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds of elite thoroughbred race horses sprinted away from flames Thursday as one of California's major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County.

Rep. Franks to resign after staff members' complaints of harassment

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them. Franks, 60, who has been a member of Congress from Arizona since 2003, said in a statement that he would step down on Jan. 31. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it had opened an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment against Franks.

Sophie Turner Burns Bright In These First-Look Images Of
Sophie Turner Burns Bright In These First-Look Images Of 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

The "Dark Phoenix" will rise again in the next installment of Marvel's "X-Men."

Franken
Franken's exit hands Dems another 2018 electoral headache

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Al Franken's announcement Thursday that he will resign sets off a scramble toward a special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat's term, with former governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty seen as a top possibility for Republicans to cash in an unforeseen pickup chance.

Zimbabwe judge frees ousted finance minister on bail
Zimbabwe judge frees ousted finance minister on bail

By Ed Cropley HARARE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean judge freed ousted finance minister Ignatius Chombo on bail on Thursday in a ruling that underlined judicial independence just three weeks after the army helped depose Robert Mugabe. In particular, she said Zimbabweans needed to know they "can sleep at night" without the fear of arbitrary detention in secret locations beyond the reach of lawyers or family - a common feature of the police state run by Mugabe.

23 Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick
23 Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Man Pulls Over on Highway to Rescue Wild Rabbit Threatened by California Wildfires
Man Pulls Over on Highway to Rescue Wild Rabbit Threatened by California Wildfires

The good Samaritan was caught on camera luring the rabbit out of flaming bushes.

Palestinians Say Trump's Jerusalem Move Ends U.S.-Led Peace Process. Israelis Aren't So Sure
Palestinians Say Trump's Jerusalem Move Ends U.S.-Led Peace Process. Israelis Aren't So Sure

"It's like tossing a grenade at the problem."

Protests across Palestinian areas, Mideast after Trump move
Protests across Palestinian areas, Mideast after Trump move

JERUSALEM (AP) - Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.

Pope wants better translation of phrase on temptation in
Pope wants better translation of phrase on temptation in 'Our Father' prayer

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase "lead us not into temptation" in the "Our Father", the best known prayer in Christianity. "That is not a good translation," the pope said in a television interview on Wednesday night. Francis said the Catholic Church in France had decided to use the phrase "do not let us fall into temptation" as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide.

US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns

US lawmakers voted Wednesday to allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state lines, a controversial bill that critics say is aimed at undermining national gun control efforts. The move came two months after the worst mass shooting in modern US history, when a gunman who had taken a vast arsenal into a Las Vegas hotel fired down on concert-goers and killed 58. It passed the House of Representatives 231 to 198, after six Democrats joined all but 14 Republicans in supporting the bill, which will also need Senate passage if it is to become law.

Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?
Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?

Massive wildfires are raging across Southern California, threatening thousands of homes and cultural landmarks like the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Some of the largest fires were still barely contained by Wednesday afternoon.

Black political machine tested again in Atlanta mayor race
Black political machine tested again in Atlanta mayor race

Atlanta voters woke up to deja vu Wednesday in the racially polarized contest to choose the city's next mayor, with one candidate laying claim to City Hall while the other vowed to seek a recount over a margin of just 759 votes.

Gal Gadot Surprises College Student With First Wonder Woman Scholarship
Gal Gadot Surprises College Student With First Wonder Woman Scholarship

Gal Gadot stepped out of her Wonder Woman costume on Wednesday to surprise a young woman with a truly wonderful award: a college scholarship.

This Black Hole Just Let Scientists Look Back in Time to the Dawn of Creation
This Black Hole Just Let Scientists Look Back in Time to the Dawn of Creation

It would be like seeing photos of a 50-year-old man when he was 2 1/2 years old

20-Year-Old Arizona Mother Dies One Day After Flu Diagnosis:
20-Year-Old Arizona Mother Dies One Day After Flu Diagnosis: 'We're Devastated,' Says Family

The family of a 20-year-old mother who died just one day after being diagnosed with the flu says she was "always healthy" before she became ill over Thanksgiving weekend

Erdogan says US Jerusalem move
Erdogan says US Jerusalem move 'plays into hands' of terrorists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday strongly warned the United States against recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the move would help terror groups. "Such a step will only play into the hands of terror groups," Erdogan said at a joint news conference in Ankara after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II. US President Donald Trump was set to announce Wednesday that Washington would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that it would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv, a plan that has caused consternation in the Islamic world and beyond.

Sean Hannity Tells Steve Bannon GOP Is 'Dead, Morally Corrupt'
Sean Hannity Tells Steve Bannon GOP Is 'Dead, Morally Corrupt'

Fox News' Sean Hannity told Steve Bannon on the Breitbart News Tonight Special Edition radio show that the Republican Party is "dead," "weak" and "morally corrupt."

'It Was Built a Little Too Well.' Watch a Demolition Team Try (and Fail) to Bring Down the Pontiac Silverdome
'It Was Built a Little Too Well.' Watch a Demolition Team Try (and Fail) to Bring Down the Pontiac Silverdome

"It was built a little too well"

Saudi-led air strikes support Yemen
Saudi-led air strikes support Yemen's Saleh as he shifts against Houthis

A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Yemen's capital, Sanaa, local media said, lending support to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh after he signaled he was abandoning his support of the Iran-aligned Houthis - a shift that could pave the way to end three years of war. In a speech on Saturday, Saleh appeared to indicate the end of his loyalists' alliance with Houthi fighters. Residents on Sunday, however, said a coalition air strike overnight killed 12 Yemeni civilians in one family in the northern province of Saada, the home territory of the Houthis.

Pope Francis ends Asia tour after meeting Rohingya
Pope Francis ends Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

Pope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar. The Catholic leader flew out of Dhaka after visiting a hospital run by the order of Mother Theresa and addressing thousands of students on the final day of a visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar that has been dominated by the plight of the Rohingya. Pope Francis is known for championing the rights of refugees and has repeatedly expressed support for the long-suffering Rohingya, describing them as his "brothers and sisters".

Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus
Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) - Israel fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Saturday, causing material damage but no casualties, Syria's state-run news agency reported.

Florida Student Believed to Have Run Away With Soccer Coach Found Safe in New York: Sheriff
Florida Student Believed to Have Run Away With Soccer Coach Found Safe in New York: Sheriff

Caitlyn Frisina was found in New York, according to the Columbia Sheriff.

Croatian TV broadcasts war criminal Praljak
Croatian TV broadcasts war criminal Praljak's film in tribute

Croatia's state broadcaster aired a film Friday directed by war criminal Slobodan Praljak, who killed himself in a courtroom in The Hague this week after UN judges upheld his 20-year jail sentence. HRT television showed "The Return of Katarina Kozul" in the prime 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) slot after announcing the broadcast on its website with the title "In memoriam -- Slobodan Praljak". The Bosnian Croat commander, who worked in film and theatre before joining the military, remains a hero to many Croats despite his conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity during Bosnia's 1990s conflict.

Pope refers to
Pope refers to 'Rohingya' after meeting refugees

Pope Francis referred to refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as "Rohingya" on Friday, using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on his Asia tour after meeting a group of them in Dhaka. "Today the presence of God is also called Rohingya," the pope said after an emotional encounter with refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

Nancy Pelosi calls on Conyers to resign amid sex allegations
Nancy Pelosi calls on Conyers to resign amid sex allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democrat in the U.S. House on Thursday called on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Conyers' lawyer swiftly rejected the request, saying Nancy Pelosi "sure as hell won't be the one to tell the congressman to leave."

John Conyers' Attorney Points Fingers At Accusers, Says Congressman Won't Resign
John Conyers' Attorney Points Fingers At Accusers, Says Congressman Won't Resign

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has been hospitalized for a stress-related illness in Detroit, according to local reports.

Nikki Haley: North Korea Missile Launch
Nikki Haley: North Korea Missile Launch 'Brings Us Closer to War'

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard "brings us closer" to a war the U.S. doesn't seek.

Meghan Markle Leaves Beloved Rescue Dog Behind as She Prepares to Live in Britain Full Time
Meghan Markle Leaves Beloved Rescue Dog Behind as She Prepares to Live in Britain Full Time

Markle had adopted two dogs, but one of them won't be making the trip across the Atlantic.

Hwasong-15: North Korea's New Missile That Shocked the World
Hwasong-15: North Korea's New Missile That Shocked the World

While initial assessments suggested that North Korea tested a Hwasong-14 (HS-14) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during its record-breaking launch on November 28, statements from Pyongyang assert that the weapon was a completely new missile called the HS-15. Very little information is available about the new ballistic missile save for the official statement from the North Korean regime. "The test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15, newly developed under the political resolution and strategic decision of the Workers' Party of Korea, was successfully carried out," reads a statement from the North Korean government.

Countering China's Anti-Taiwan Campaign
Countering China's Anti-Taiwan Campaign

In theory, time favors Taiwan because it is on the right side of history. Militarily, however, it is not clear that the Taiwanese self-defense forces could resist China. Taiwan's rise as one of Asia's most vibrant democracies and an alternative to China's repressive authoritarian model is viewed with extreme concern in Beijing's halls of power.

Trump Speaks Out On North Korea Missile Launch
Trump Speaks Out On North Korea Missile Launch

President Donald Trump commented Tuesday on reports that North Korea launched another ballistic missile, saying the United States would handle the situation.

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