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Remains of Marine killed in World War II to be buried in KY

A U.S. Marine who died in the battle for the Pacific Ocean island of Tarawa during World War II is scheduled to be buried Monday in Louisville, Kentucky. John R. Bayens were officially accounted for in September though analysis of dental evidence and other methods. Bayens' remains arrived Friday in Louisville.

Democratic hopefuls pledge more money for schools, teachers
Democratic hopefuls pledge more money for schools, teachers

Democratic presidential candidates pledged to boost funding for public schools, increase teacher salaries and reduce college debt at a Saturday forum that cast a rare spotlight on education, an issue that has received only passing attention in recent debates. The event was billed as an opportunity to press candidates for more detail on their education plans, but it was also a chance for Democrats to vie for endorsements from the nation's two major teachers unions, which were among several groups organizing the forum. Most of the candidates are promising to close the gap through large increases in federal funding for schools that teach low-income students.

FBI recovers van it says may be linked to Jersey City attack
FBI recovers van it says may be linked to Jersey City attack

Federal authorities have recovered a van that may be connected to the Jersey City shootings that killed four people and are now being investigated as domestic terrorism, the FBI said Saturday. The white van recovered Saturday morning in Orange, New Jersey, about 11 miles (17 kilometers) northwest of Jersey City, is being examined for any evidence related to the attack, the FBI said in a news release. Police in Ramapo, New York, close to New Jersey's northern border, had earlier said that FBI officials had told them they were trying to locate a white van in connection with Tuesday's events.

Hong Kong's Lam to Meet Officials in Beijing Amid Protests

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong's besieged leader arrived in Beijing for meetings with senior Chinese officials seeking to end pro-democracy protests that have raged for more than six months.Chief Executive Carrie Lam, whose administration has been fiercely criticized for its handling of the unrest, arrived at a hotel in Beijing around noon on Saturday for an annual visit, according to RTHK. Her trip comes shortly after an estimated 800,000 people took to the streets in a demonstration, and follows a landslide victory by opposition pro-democracy parties over Lam and her pro-establishment allies in local elections."The purpose of the duty visit is to give a full account of what has happened in...

2,600 Rockets Have Been Fired at Israel Since March, 2018. This Is How Israel Stops Them.
2,600 Rockets Have Been Fired at Israel Since March, 2018. This Is How Israel Stops Them.

Technology and hard work.

A British doctor was treated in an American emergency room and said it revealed how broken US healthcare really is
A British doctor was treated in an American emergency room and said it revealed how broken US healthcare really is

Adam Kay, the former British doctor who wrote "This Is Going to Hurt," says the UK's National Health Service actually works.

White House says Trump
White House says Trump's attacks on 16-year-old Greta Thunberg are fair game because she's an 'activist,' while mentions of the first couple's 13-year-old son should be off-limits

The First Lady previously criticized a witness in Trump's impeachment inquiry for making a play on words out of her 13-year-old son Barron's name.

Dad of Sandy Hook victim writes emotional message about Christmas without his son
Dad of Sandy Hook victim writes emotional message about Christmas without his son

Mark Barden says he honors his son by fighting against gun violence, a goal of the advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise, which he co-founded.

A pair of 3D-printed homes built in 24 hours are kicking off the
A pair of 3D-printed homes built in 24 hours are kicking off the 'world's first 3D-printed community.' They cost residents just $20 per month.

The homes are part of a planned community for low-income residents in Tabasco, Mexico. Residents will pay a mortgage of $20 per month.

Wisconsin students find recording devices in Minnesota hotel
Wisconsin students find recording devices in Minnesota hotel

A Wisconsin school district has put a staff member on leave after some high school students from found recording devices in their hotel rooms during a field trip to Minneapolis. The response was a cautionary measure that is standard during a police investigation, Madison School District spokesman Timothy LeMonds told the Wisconsin State Journal for a story published Friday. Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder declined Friday to confirm a report by the police chief in the Madison suburb of Cottage Grove that the recording devices were hidden cameras.

Trump calls report on China trade deal
Trump calls report on China trade deal 'completely wrong'

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that US negotiators had offered to lower tariffs on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese products.

Trump calls report on China trade deal
Trump calls report on China trade deal 'completely wrong'

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that US negotiators had offered to lower tariffs on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese products.

Experience matters. 'Mayor Pete' is banking on ideals mattering more.

Pete Buttigieg would not only be the youngest president in history but also the first to be elected straight from a mayoral post.

Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artwork
Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artwork

A clumsy attempt by the Hong Kong police force to co-opt the art world's most famous banana to make light of their frequent use of tear gas on pro-democracy protesters spectacularly backfired on Friday. Using its official Twitter account, the embattled force posted a picture of a tear gas cartridge taped to a black background, mimicking the "Art Basel Banana," the conceptual artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall, which made headlines last week when three editions were sold for $120,000 to $150,000 each. It added: "For a Police officer, using force, including tear gas, is always the last resort. If rioters don't use violence, Hong Kong will be safe and there's no reason for us to use...

New Indian citizenship law 'discriminatory' against Muslims: UN

The United Nations human rights office voiced concern on Friday that India's new citizenship law is "fundamentally discriminatory in nature" by excluding Muslims and called for it to be reviewed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment Bill, approved by parliament on Wednesday, was meant to protect minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We are concerned that India's new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory in nature," U.N. human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence told a Geneva news briefing.

Jo Swinson resigns as Liberal Democrat leader after losing her seat in a shock general election result
Jo Swinson resigns as Liberal Democrat leader after losing her seat in a shock general election result

Swinson lost her seat to the Scottish National Party in a shock general election result.

Thai opposition leader asks supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday
Thai opposition leader asks supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday

Thai opposition party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called on supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday, days after the national election body called for the dissolution of his party. Thanathorn, 41, has emerged as the most prominent opponent of the government headed by former junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, 65, after his progressive Future Forward Party came a surprise third in an election in March. The opposition Pheu Thai Party, which was ousted in 2014, won the most seats in the 500-member House of Representatives lower house.

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia
Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, in the third fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month. The 55-year-old was set upon by the big cat at a coffee plantation in South Sumatra province on Thursday. "All of sudden, the tiger pounced on the victim," local police chief Ferry Harahap told AFP on Friday.

Cosmic rarity: New image shows interstellar comet zooming past the sun

Comet 2I/Borisov, only the second interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system, is racing through our celestial neighborhood at the "breathtaking" speed of 110,000 mph.

NRA Blocks Los Angeles Law Requiring Contractors to Reveal Ties

(Bloomberg) -- The National Rifle Association blocked a Los Angeles law that requires city contractors to disclose any business ties with the gun rights organization, with a judge ruling the ordinance may violate the group's free speech rights.U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles on Wednesday granted the NRA's request for a preliminary injunction that prevents the city from enforcing the ordinance until it's determined at trial whether it's legal."The text of the ordinance, the ordinance's legislative history, and the concurrent public statements made by the ordinance's primary legislative sponsor evince a strong intent to suppress the speech of the NRA," the judge said.The...

A device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It hauled 60 bags to shore to turn into new products.
A device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It hauled 60 bags to shore to turn into new products.

The U-shaped device is collecting plastic in a trash-filled ocean vortex that's more than twice the size of Texas.

American Airlines just cancelled Boeing 737 Max flights until April, as Boeing
American Airlines just cancelled Boeing 737 Max flights until April, as Boeing's timeline for the jet's return is thrown into further doubt

The airline became the first to pull the jet from its schedule into April, as the FAA says that Boeing's timeline is "not realistic."

American Airlines apologizes after forcing passenger to change
American Airlines apologizes after forcing passenger to change 'Hail Satan' shirt

American Airlines is apologizing after a passenger says she was forced to remove her "Hail Satan" shirt or leave the flight.

US soldiers and airmen helped clean up Venice after the historic city was hit by the worst flooding in 53 years
US soldiers and airmen helped clean up Venice after the historic city was hit by the worst flooding in 53 years

Fifteen airmen, 14 soldiers, and three military family members and civilians helped Venetians clean up after the flood.

2nd suspect in Kansas bar shooting that killed 4 arrested
2nd suspect in Kansas bar shooting that killed 4 arrested

One of two men who is accused of opening fire inside a crowded bar in Kansas City, Kansas, killing four people and wounding five others, has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Thursday. Authorities have been searching for Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, since the shooting at the Tequila KC bar on Oct. 6. Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Jonathan Westbrook said he was arrested Wednesday in Mexico but did not immediately release further details about the arrest.

In one swing district, impeachment hasn't swayed voters - yet

As the drama of impeachment vote unfolds in Washington, what are voters thinking about? In California's Orange County, it's local issues.

Yes, China
Yes, China's New Submarine-Launched Nuclear Missiles Could Destroy America

But that's why we have M.A.D.

Federal Prosecutors Seek to Jail Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas after Discovering $1 Million Payment from Russia
Federal Prosecutors Seek to Jail Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas after Discovering $1 Million Payment from Russia

Federal prosecutors are attempting to reverse the bail of a Rudy Giuliani associate, deeming him a flight risk after discovering that he received a $1 million payment from Russia just a month before he was arrested for violating campaign-finance laws.Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas, who was working with President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, received a $1 million payment from Russia in September."The majority of that money appears to have been used on personal expenses and to purchase a home," prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan wrote Wednesday in a court filing.The purpose of the payment is still unclear, but it was sent to Parnas's wife, Svetlana...

Mice brawling in a London tube station made for one of the best wildlife photos of the year
Mice brawling in a London tube station made for one of the best wildlife photos of the year

People can vote on the photo as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year's People's Choice Award.

China to buy $50 billion in U.S. farm products in return for tariff concessions-U.S. sources
China to buy $50 billion in U.S. farm products in return for tariff concessions-U.S. sources

The White House has agreed to suspend some tariffs on Chinese goods and reduce others in return for Beijing's pledge to hike purchases of U.S. farm products in 2020, sources said on Thursday, taking a step towards de-escalating the trade war between the world's two biggest economies. A sourced briefed on the status of bilateral negotiations said the United States would suspend tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese goods expected to go into effect on Dec. 15 and roll back existing tariffs.

The parents of the toddler who fell from the 11th floor of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are suing the company
The parents of the toddler who fell from the 11th floor of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are suing the company

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, reportedly alleges that Royal Caribbean was negligent by leaving open the window the girl fell through.

DOJ Watchdog Confirms Ongoing Probe Into FBI Leaks to Giuliani
DOJ Watchdog Confirms Ongoing Probe Into FBI Leaks to Giuliani

(Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department's watchdog told Congress that he has an ongoing investigation into what appears to be leaks from agents in the New York FBI field office to Rudy Giuliani about the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016."We were very concerned about that," Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. "This continues to this day, we are investigating those contacts."The leaked information and threats of more leaks played a role in prompting then-FBI Director James Comey to announce the Clinton email investigation was being re-opened just days before the 2016 election. Clinton and her supporters...

Chile: Debris believed from missing plane carrying 38 found
Chile: Debris believed from missing plane carrying 38 found

Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile's Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira said "sponge" material, possibly from the plane's fuel tank, was found floating roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the place the C-130 Hercules last had radio contact. The C-130 Hercules took off Monday afternoon from a base in far-southern Chile on a regular maintenance flight for an Antarctic base.

Statue depicts black man "speaking back" to Confederate monument admirers
Statue depicts black man "speaking back" to Confederate monument admirers

Kehinde Wiley's 27-foot high bronze sculpture of a young black man on horseback, called "Rumors of War," was unveiled at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

40 million more people at risk of flooding as Greenland loses ice
40 million more people at risk of flooding as Greenland loses ice 'seven times faster than in 1990s'

Greenland's ice is melting seven times faster than it was in the 1990s, and at much greater speeds than current predictions, according to a new study. It came as another report warned that melting Arctic permafrost could be causing carbon stores to be released into the atmosphere, adding to warming.  The increase in Greenland ice melt could lead to global sea level rises of 7cm above current estimates by 2100, leaving 40 million more people at risk of flooding.  The study, which reexamined 11 individual satellite measurements from 1992 to 2018, showed that Greenland has already lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992, enough to push global sea levels up by more than 1cm. It was a joint...

Fires from CP Rail train derailment under control: safety officials
Fires from CP Rail train derailment under control: safety officials

"The last that I have on it is that things are under control... the fire is contained in an area, there's no concern about other tanker cars catching fire at this point," Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday. CP said it re-opened the rail line on Tuesday morning once all track repairs and safety inspections were complete. Garneau said Canada's Transportation Safety Board was investigating the derailment.

Nancy Pelosi bragged to Democrats that
Nancy Pelosi bragged to Democrats that 'we ate their lunch' on Trump's NAFTA replacement deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated her party's work on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this week.

Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement
Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement

Representative Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will step down after completing his fourth term, joining the wave of House Republicans who have opted against running for reelection in 2020.Yoho had promised to serve no more than four terms in Congress."I ran on a pledge to serve four terms - eight years and come home," Yoho said in his announcement. "Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word."Yoho is the twenty-third House Republican to announce...

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops - but the Pentagon doesn
More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops - but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

New documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.

Republicans Turn Up Heat on Gordon Sondland in Impeachment Hearing
Republicans Turn Up Heat on Gordon Sondland in Impeachment Hearing

Republicans sought to discredit EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The FBI Inspector General's Report Has Bad News for Democrats, Too

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The long-awaited report from the Justice Department's inspector general on the origins of the FBI's investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is now public, and it finds that the initial investigation was deeply flawed but nonetheless justified. The senior officials and agents who opened the investigation, says the report, made serious mistakes but were not motivated by political bias.Some Democrats, predictably, are claiming vindication. Some Republicans, just as predictably, are challenging its findings. Neither side is completely wrong - or right, for that matter - but the Democrats might want to show a bit more humility.The report is devastating...

US Army preparing biggest European deployment in years
US Army preparing biggest European deployment in years

The US Army is planning its biggest deployment of troops to Europe in 25 years, with 20,000 troops slated to take part in a massive force projection exercise at a time of increasingly adversarial relations with Russia. General Christopher Cavoli, the commander of US ground forces in Europe, said 20,000 US-based troops will deploy next year to Europe where they will join some 9,000 other US soldiers already stationed there. Some 37,000 troops will then take part in exercises across 10 European countries from May to June, he told reporters at the Pentagon.

'S--- just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents after 2016 election

"I saw a lot of scared MFers on...[my way to work] this morning," one FBI agent texted another. "Start looking for new jobs fellas. Haha."

Trump, Russia and Ukraine: Five presidential conspiracy theories debunked
Trump, Russia and Ukraine: Five presidential conspiracy theories debunked

Here's a guide to the facts -- and the fictions -- behind some of President Trump's assertions about Russia, Ukraine and the 2016 election.

Elizabeth Warren reveals she earned $2 million from 30 years of private legal work as she feuds with Pete Buttigieg over financial transparency
Elizabeth Warren reveals she earned $2 million from 30 years of private legal work as she feuds with Pete Buttigieg over financial transparency

Buttigieg's campaign has honed in Warren's previous private legal work, seeking to cast her as a "corporate lawyer" at odds her campaign message.

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy falsely insists a president has 'never' been impeached in their 1st term

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) doesn't quite have his impeachment facts straight."In modern history, we've never gone after impeaching a president in the first term," McCarthy said in a Monday appearance on Fox News ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's second public impeachment hearing. McCarthy then claimed longtime impeachment advocate Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) had once said "we have to impeach [Trump] because we cannot beat him." Green specifically said he was "concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected" and "say he has been vindicated."> "In modern history, we've never gone after...

Family honors Florida UPS driver slain in police shootout
Family honors Florida UPS driver slain in police shootout

Family and friends honored on Monday a UPS driver who was killed in a shootout between Florida police and the robbery suspects who had hijacked his delivery truck. Loved ones filed by Frank Ordonez's open casket at a Miami funeral home to pay respects to the 27-year-old driver. Some UPS employees showed up in the brown company uniform to express condolences to Ordonez's family.

Sweden charges former China envoy over dissident bookseller case

Swedish prosecutors said on Monday they had brought criminal charges against the country's former ambassador to China over unauthorized meetings in Stockholm aimed at freeing dissident bookseller Gui Minhai. Anna Lindstedt was replaced as ambassador in February amid a furore over her alleged role in setting up the meetings with people representing the Chinese government, which Sweden's foreign ministry said had not been authorized. Gui, a Hong Kong-based publisher of books critical of China's communist leaders and also a Swedish citizen, was abducted in Thailand in 2015 and later appeared in custody in mainland China.

Central Bank Limits, U.S. Immigration, U.K. Skills: Eco Day

(Bloomberg) -- Explore what's moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Good morning Americas. Here's the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:After years of crisis fighting, central bankers in key economies are entering a new decade with few good options to fight the next downturnThe closing of American borders to mass migration from Europe in the 1920s didn't raise wages for U.S.-born workers, according to researchers, who say their findings carry important lessons for todayAt least 15 central banks are holding their final monetary policy meetings of the year this...

Barr warned Trump for months that Rudy Giuliani was becoming a liability, but the president ignored him because he loves Giuliani
Barr warned Trump for months that Rudy Giuliani was becoming a liability, but the president ignored him because he loves Giuliani's fiery media appearances

Rudy Giuliani was a key figure in the events that sparked an impeachment probe, and his actions have long concerned Trump administration officials.


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