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First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed
First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California's most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.

Photos of the week: 12/1 - 12/8
Photos of the week: 12/1 - 12/8

The major storyline of the week was the devastating wildfires that ravaged Southern California.

Toyota to announce new Avalon big car at Detroit auto show
Toyota to announce new Avalon big car at Detroit auto show

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota will introduce a revamped Avalon full-size car at the Detroit auto show in January at a time when sales of big cars are falling as U.S. buyers continue their shift toward SUVs.

UN envoy arrives in North Korea as nuclear tensions soar
UN envoy arrives in North Korea as nuclear tensions soar

Jeffrey Feltman's visit -- the first by a UN diplomat of his rank since 2010 -- comes less than a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. Feltman shook hands with a North Korean foreign ministry official after flying into Pyongyang from Beijing on the North's Air Koryo.

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Yemen's Saleh ruled by shifting alliances as nation crumbled

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Ali Abdullah Saleh survived for decades as Yemen's strongman, the master of shifting alliances, playing both sides - or flipping sides freely - in the multiple guerrilla conflicts and civil wars that tore apart his impoverished nation throughout his life. But his last switch proved his end.

Why Meghan and Harry's wedding banana cake would be so right for now
Why Meghan and Harry's wedding banana cake would be so right for now

As many of us feast on every tiny detail about the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, today's tasty morsel concerns the cake, specifically the banana wedding cake they are rumoured to have requested.  Not for them, apparently, the stiff and sturdy layers of a traditional cake. No, as befits their delightfully informal approach to life, a banana cake is what's called for. Eyes to camera. Cupcake wedding cake Credit: Brian Leatart/Photolibrary RM   In their unorthodox request, the young couple reflect a growing trend that a wedding should closely reflect the tastes and peccadillos of the couple, rather than rigidly following airless protocol. Rosalind Miller, award-winning...

Five questions on potential US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel
Five questions on potential US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

US President Donald Trump faces a Monday deadline to decide whether to move the US embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem. Israelis and Palestinians are eagerly watching to see whether he again renews a waiver delaying the move, as his predecessors have done. There are suggestions he will sign the waiver and decline to move the embassy for now, but later this week declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

DNA sketch leads to suspect confession in Texas slaying
DNA sketch leads to suspect confession in Texas slaying

DALLAS (AP) - After her oldest daughter was killed in May 2016, Michelle McDaniel and the rest of her family isolated themselves in their small Texas town out of fear that the unknown killer could be standing in line with them at the grocery store or passing them on the street.

U.S. Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal
U.S. Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. The individual mandate is meant to ensure a viable health insurance market by forcing younger and healthier Americans to buy coverage to help offset the cost of sicker patients. Removing it while keeping the rest of Obama's Affordable Care Act intact is expected to cause insurance premiums to rise and lead to millions of people losing coverage, policy experts say.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz talks Puerto Rico's recovery with Stephen Colbert
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz talks Puerto Rico's recovery with Stephen Colbert

About 50 percent of Puerto Rico still does not have power and the rest of the island still has unstable electricity according to San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who described the post-Hurricane Maria landscape leaving the island in a "touch and go situation still."  Cruz stopped by the studio to share what has been happening in the U.S. territory since the hurricane's destruction-and took some time to join the show's "Trump Attacked Me On Twitter" Hall Of Fame.  "President Trump has not been up to the standards that this country deserves," Cruz said, before referencing his "big mouth" in comparison to the "big hearts" of...

Senate Republicans Could Pass Tax Bill By Week's End
Senate Republicans Could Pass Tax Bill By Week's End

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans made significant progress on their tax proposal Tuesday, with the Budget Committee advancing it to the House floor and senators coming close to agreements on a debt trigger, the individual health care mandate repeal and complicated business tax provisions that some Republicans think are too restrictive.

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