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Former NBA Commissioner Stern has emergency brain surgery
Former NBA Commissioner Stern has emergency brain surgery

The NBA said former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgery. The league said in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. Stern served exactly 30 years as the NBA's longest-tenured commissioner before

Corbyn To Stand Down as U.K. Labour Party Faces Record Defeat
Corbyn To Stand Down as U.K. Labour Party Faces Record Defeat
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  • 2019-12-13 03:40:29Z

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Jeremy Corbyn said he will stand down as leader of the U.K.'s opposition Labour Party after a comprehensive rejection of his bid to lead the country.Early results confirmed the exit poll forecast, which suggested Labour would lose 61 seats since the 2017 election, finishing on just 201 MPs, as Boris Johnson's Conservatives head for a big majority. If correct, it would be Labour's worst result since 1935.Defeated MPs and senior officials said the leader should go immediately, but Corbyn used a speech at his constituency count to say he wants to stay as leader to oversee a debate about the...

'Absolutely heartbroken': Teen brothers from Chicago area among New Zealand volcano victims

New Zealand medical staff were continuing to work around the clock treating severely burned survivors of the eruption as the death toll climbs to 16.

Los Angeles police officer charged with fondling corpse
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  • 2019-12-13 02:27:48Z

A Los Angeles police officer who allegedly fondled a dead woman's breast was charged Thursday with a felony, authorities said. David Rojas, 27, was charged with having sexual contact with human remains without authority, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Police officials conducting a random inspection of the officer's body camera videos found the incriminating footage, according to a person briefed on the incident.

Donald Trump prepares to cancel new China tariffs amid signs trade agreement is closer
Donald Trump prepares to cancel new China tariffs amid signs trade agreement is closer

Donald Trump is preparing to cancel tariffs on Chinese goods set to take effect Sunday and roll back existing duties amid signs of a new trade deal.

Boris Johnson Heads for Big Majority in U.K. Election, Exit Poll Says
Boris Johnson Heads for Big Majority in U.K. Election, Exit Poll Says
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  • 2019-12-13 00:56:19Z

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Boris Johnson is on course to win a decisive victory in the U.K.'s general election, vindicating his gamble on an early vote and putting the country on track to leave the European Union next month. The pound rose.The official exit poll predicted the prime minister's Conservatives will win 368 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons -- a large overall majority of 86 seats. The main opposition Labour Party is projected to secure 191 seats, a loss of 71 since the previous election, with the Scottish National Party securing 55.If the forecast is borne out by results, Johnson's majority -- the...

Washington state seeks to ban sale of 'assault weapons,' high capacity magazines
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  • 2019-12-13 00:46:12Z

If successful, Washington would become the seventh U.S. state to ban assault weapons, which it defines as semi-automatic rifles with at least one military feature, and the ninth to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines. "We should be making it harder for those who want to inflict mass violence and destruction upon innocent people," Governor Jay Inslee said in announcing the gun-control push.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson's Conservative Party projected in exit polls to win UK election, clearing path for Brexit

The result, if confirmed, likely paves the way for Johnson to push through Brexit on Jan. 31.

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UK's Johnson looks set for big win in 'Brexit' election
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  • 2019-12-12 23:49:38Z

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling party appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Thursday's snap election, an exit poll showed, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU next month after years of political deadlock. The pound jumped by about two percent against the dollar on the projected results of what all sides had painted as the most momentous election in Britain in a generation. Johnson had campaigned relentlessly on the promise to "Get Brexit Done", vowing to end years of political turmoil over Britain's future that has weighed on the economy and sharply divided the nation.

Trump Approves U.S.-China Trade Deal to Halt Dec. 15 Tariffs
Trump Approves U.S.-China Trade Deal to Halt Dec. 15 Tariffs

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. President Donald Trump signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian

Tweet that: Trump appears to hit record for daily tweets
Tweet that: Trump appears to hit record for daily tweets

The president's @realDonaldTrump account had tweeted and retweeted 109 times by late afternoon Thursday, marking what could be his most active day on the platform yet. The avalanche came as the House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against him. Trump has noticeably ramped up his tweeting during the impeachment inquiry.

Biden lands early slate of former backers of Harris
Biden lands early slate of former backers of Harris' presidential bid
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  • 2019-12-12 22:54:58Z

Biden's campaign on Thursday announced the endorsement of two former mayors of Dover, New Hampshire, Jack Buckley and William Boc, who had supported Harris. Harris, who would have been the first woman and second black U.S. president, withdrew from the race on Dec. 3, as her support flagged and she lacked the money to go on. One Biden aide who asked not to be named to speak openly said every campaign is working hard to attract her supporters and that Biden's campaign long felt they could appeal to some Harris followers.

Warren
Warren's Wealth Tax Would Raise Up to $2.7 Trillion Over 10 Years, but Less Than She Projects: Report

A new analysis from the Penn Wharton Budget Model finds that Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax would raise between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion over 10 years, while reducing GDP in 2050 by about 1%. The revenue projection falls more than $1 trillion short of the $3.8 trillion estimate provided

Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over objections of Trump and Turkish government
Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over objections of Trump and Turkish government

For decades, Turkey had deployed an army of lobbyists to stop the measure. But that effort fell short on Thursday.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump's allies target Democrats in swing districts with anti-impeachment ad blitz

Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee are targeting Democrats from districts that voted for the president in 2016.

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.

Jersey City shooting: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?
Jersey City shooting: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?

The suspects in the Jersey City shooting held anti-Semitic views and had expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.

George P. Bush says GOP can
George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide

Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush, Texas' land commissioner, first denounced a white GOP state legislator who suggested "Asian" challengers on the ballot in 2020 were motivated by race.

Proposed amendment in articles of impeachment says Ukraine received aid - live updates
Proposed amendment in articles of impeachment says Ukraine received aid - live updates

If the Judiciary Committee approves either of the two articles - Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress - the full House will likely vote on impeachment next week.

U.S. reaches
U.S. reaches 'deal in principle' with China on trade -source

The White House has reached a "deal in principle" with Beijing to resolve the 17-month U.S.-China trade war, according to a source briefed on the trade talks. The White House was expected to make an announcement later on Thursday, the source said. In an attempt to secure a "phase one"

Bulletproof vest did not fail in fatal shooting of Houston police officer, chief says
Bulletproof vest did not fail in fatal shooting of Houston police officer, chief says

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says body armor didn't fail Sgt. Christopher Brewster, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call

3 female staffers sexually harassed by top Pentagon official: IG report
3 female staffers sexually harassed by top Pentagon official: IG report

A top defense official sexually harassed three female staffers before ultimately resigning from his post last April, according to a report from the Pentagon Inspector General's office released on Thursday. The official, Guy Roberts, was the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and

Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

JERUSALEM/GAZA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday. Gazan Christians will be granted permits to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank, home to many sites holy to Christians, a spokeswoman for Israel's military liaison to the Palestinians said.

Republican women launch
Republican women launch 'Conservative Squad' to take on AOC, progressives in D.C.

Four Republican women running for Congress have launched the Conservative Squad, aimed at taking on progressives in D.C.

Cory Booker Announces He Will Not Qualify for Next Democratic Debate
Cory Booker Announces He Will Not Qualify for Next Democratic Debate

Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said Thursday that he does not expect to qualify for the sixth Democratic primary debate next week but assured his supporters that he still has a path to victory."While I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there's a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there," the New Jersey Democrat wrote on Twitter.Democratic 2020 candidates must meet the Democratic National Committee's newly tightened qualifying criteria before midnight on Thursday. Booker has met one of the criteria, garnering 200,000 separate donors. However, the senator is far from...

Bevin pardons include man whose brother held fundraiser
Bevin pardons include man whose brother held fundraiser

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a slew of pardons on his way out of office, granting relief to a convicted killer whose brother raised money for Bevin and another man who was convicted of a grisly murder in eastern Kentucky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race

One dead in fire on Russia
One dead in fire on Russia's sole aircraft carrier

A naval serviceman died and an officer was missing Thursday after Russia's only aircraft carrier caught fire in an Arctic shipyard, the latest accident to raise concern over the future of the navy flagship. Russian news agencies quoted the Zvezdochka shipyard as saying the fire started during wielding operations in an engine room of the Admiral Kuznetsov, and investigators have launched a probe into possible construction violations. "A Northern Fleet serviceman died during works to put out the source of smoke," the fleet said in a statement to AFP.

Tiger Woods was NOT interested in talking to Tony Finau on Sunday at the Masters, according to Tony Finau
Tiger Woods was NOT interested in talking to Tony Finau on Sunday at the Masters, according to Tony Finau

During his peak, Tiger Woods was a stone-cold killer. Woods was all business, all the time. Finau was in the final group at the Masters last April, playing alongside Woods and 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari.

Democrat Booker doubling down in Iowa after failing to make debate
Democrat Booker doubling down in Iowa after failing to make debate

Cory Booker will try to keep his presidential hopes alive by doubling down on the early voting state of Iowa, despite failing to qualify for next week's Democratic debate, his campaign said on Thursday. Booker, an African American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, failed to make the cut for the Dec. 19 debate because of low poll numbers. Only seven of the 15 remaining Democratic candidates have qualified, and six of them are white, a lack of diversity that Booker decried this month.

F-35: Would You Spend $1,500,000,000,000 On a Plane That Can
F-35: Would You Spend $1,500,000,000,000 On a Plane That Can't Fly?

That's what the U.S. government did on the F-35.

Striking down Obamacare would open a path to better, more affordable health care
Striking down Obamacare would open a path to better, more affordable health care

A ruling against the Affordable Care Act would not affect coverage during the appeals process. That's an opportunity to unite behind a better plan.

Feds view New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism, FBI will lead probe
Feds view New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism, FBI will lead probe

Six people, including the man and woman who carried out the attack, three civilians and a police officer died in a series of events that ended in a police shootout on Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City. "The evidence points toward acts of hate," state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told a news conference. New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito told the same news conference that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would lead the probe.

Scandinavian woman
Scandinavian woman 'forced to withdraw rape claim' in case similar to British teen's Cyprus ordeal

A Scandinavian woman says she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island. The Scandinavian woman said police officers questioned her aggressively for several hours after she was raped by two men outside a nightclub. The officers accused her of lying and said that if she did not withdraw the rape claim they would arrest her and send her to prison. Her account bears striking similarities to the alleged treatment of a British teenager who is on trial in Cyprus, accused of concocting a claim of gang rape by Israeli tourists in the resort town of Ayia...

Trump Calls for Expanded Childcare in Appeal to Women Voters
Trump Calls for Expanded Childcare in Appeal to Women Voters

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday called for expanded access to childcare and family leave -- seeking to appeal to women voters by focusing on issues that Democratic challengers are emphasizing in their campaigns.Speaking at the White House, the president said families are struggling

Rashida Tlaib Blames Black Nationalist
Rashida Tlaib Blames Black Nationalist's Jersey City Killing Spree on 'White Supremacy'

Democratic Representative Rashida Tlai on Wednesday blamed "white supremacy" for Tuesday's deadly shooting in Jersey City perpetrated by a couple with suspected ties to a black supremacist group."This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills," the Michigan Democrat wrote in a since-deleted tweet addressing the shooting. Tlaib deleted her tweet later on Thursday.A man and woman exited a stolen van Tuesday afternoon and fired gunshots into a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, killing a police detective and three others. Investigators believe the couple were former members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group known to have antipathy towards white and Jewish people....

Nancy Pelosi earns a top spot on annual World
Nancy Pelosi earns a top spot on annual World's Most Powerful Women list

Leader of House Democrats Nancy Pelosi is this year's 3rd most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes.

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract
Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract
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  • 2019-12-12 16:32:16Z

The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be audited. Thompson, D-Miss., asked for the review last week, in part over concerns the proposals did not meet operational requirements and prototypes came in late and over budget.

Jim Jordan Introduces Amendment to Strike
Jim Jordan Introduces Amendment to Strike 'Abuse of Power' from Impeachment Articles

Update: The amendment was voted down later Thursday by a party-line vote of 23-17.Representative Jim Jordan (R., Oh.) introduced an amendment Tuesday to abolish the first article of impeachment leveling "abuse of power" at President Trump, saying the article "ignores the truth.""Four facts, five meetings have never changed," Jordan said, referencing prior House testimony. "Article One in this resolution ignores the truth, ignores the facts, ignores what happened and what has been laid out for the American people over the last three weeks."The articles of impeachment, which state that "using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government,...

3 teachers suspended over text messages leaked online
3 teachers suspended over text messages leaked online

An Alabama school board voted to discipline three teachers accused of sharing offensive text messages about students that were later leaked online. The Houston County School Board voted Wednesday night to approve 10-day, unpaid suspensions for three teachers from Ashford High School, news outlets reported. As many as six teachers were suspended with pay earlier after a student used social media to post leaked text messages that included a racial slur and comments about students' sex lives and intelligence.

Lachlan Murdoch Buys
Lachlan Murdoch Buys 'Beverly Hillbillies' Mansion in Bel-Air for Record $150 Million

Move over, Jed Clampett! News Corp. co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has paid a record price of roughly $150 million for the 10-acre Bel-Air, California, estate known as Chartwell - including the mansion used in the credits of the 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," the Wall Street Journal reported.The deal, which also includes the former home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan that sits behind the main house, is the most expensive residential sale in California history, according to the Los Angeles Times.The property, sold by the estate of the late Univision CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, was once listed for as much as $350 million. A rep for Murdoch did not immediately respond to a request for...

Dem Leaders Expect a Group of Swing-State Lawmakers to Defect on Impeachment Vote
Dem Leaders Expect a Group of Swing-State Lawmakers to Defect on Impeachment Vote

House Democrats are worried that the caucus could lose six or more moderate votes on impeachment, according to multiple officials who spoke anonymously to the Washington Post.When the House voted to formalize impeachment on October 31, all but two Democrats - Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin C. Peterson of Michigan - voted with House leadership. Amidst concerns from moderates, who on Monday considered reviving a proposal to censure President Trump rather than impeach him, the fate of the impeachment vote is a bit less certain.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could afford to lose 17 votes and still prevail with the vote, which will likely get the approval of former Republican Justin Amash....

Michael Cohen, Broken and Humiliated, Asks for Leniency From Prison
Michael Cohen, Broken and Humiliated, Asks for Leniency From Prison
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  • 2019-12-12 13:43:18Z

Michael Cohen says he has been left disbarred, financially crushed, and personally embarrassed and humiliated after being sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud and other crimes. He says he regrets that he thought "being Donald Trump's lawyer made him a 'big man.'"Cohen, the disgraced former lawyer and fixer for Trump, made the comments in a letter to a federal judge Wednesday in which he portrayed himself as a broken man and asked the court to allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.Cohen, 53, began serving his sentence in May and is in a minimum-security camp at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, about 75 miles...

U.S. weekly jobless claims race to more than two-year high
U.S. weekly jobless claims race to more than two-year high
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  • 2019-12-12 13:42:47Z

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits jumped to more than a two-year high last week, but that probably does not signal a pickup in layoffs as the claims data tends to be volatile in the period following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits surged 49,000 to a seasonally adjusted 252,000 for the week ended Dec. 7, the highest reading since September 2017, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Labor Department said only claims for the Virgin Islands were estimated last week.

Promises Aside, Deportations Under Trump Dropped This Year
Promises Aside, Deportations Under Trump Dropped This Year

WASHINGTON -- Arrests and deportations of unauthorized immigrants away from the U.S. border dropped this past year, according to government data released Wednesday, a sharp contrast to the "millions" of deportations that President Donald Trump promised this summer.Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Aaron Rodgers recalls Brian Urlacher
Aaron Rodgers recalls Brian Urlacher's "super-inappropriate" checks

The checks he was saying were super-inappropriate," Rodgers said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. I think it was [before] the miking up of the guards, where every single word is heard, because I promise you if that happened today, some of that stuff would've had to get bleeped out. One of the first times we played golf in [Lake] Tahoe, we joked about some of those checks.

Trump criticizes teen climate activist after magazine honor
Trump criticizes teen climate activist after magazine honor
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  • 2019-12-12 12:52:14Z

The Swedish teen has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in about 100 cities worldwide. It's not the first time Trump has lashed out after not being recognized for his influence. In 2015, Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "ruining Germany" after she was named Person of the Year, when he was listed as a runner-up.

Trump poised for Supreme Court battle over financial records
Trump poised for Supreme Court battle over financial records
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  • 2019-12-12 12:01:39Z

The U.S. Supreme Court may have a conservative majority that includes two justices appointed by President Donald Trump, but his efforts to shield his tax returns and other financial records from scrutiny still face an uncertain future. The court could decide this week on whether to hear appeals from Trump in three cases he has lost in lower courts. Two of the cases regard such congressional scrutiny.

Goldman Sachs employees want to cancel a Nikki Haley interview after her Confederate flag comments
Goldman Sachs employees want to cancel a Nikki Haley interview after her Confederate flag comments

They asked the bank's president to scrap an event with the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador after she didn't denounce the flag's fans.

Saudi Arabia is quietly spending millions on a fresh lobbying effort in the US, hoping to finally put to bed Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia is quietly spending millions on a fresh lobbying effort in the US, hoping to finally put to bed Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder

Saudi Arabia contracted three US lobby firms in November, its first move since it was abandoned by five firms over the Khashoggi affair in late 2018.

Republicans are turning impeachment into a carnival - and it could cost them
Republicans are turning impeachment into a carnival - and it could cost them

These antics may work as a short-term strategy. But they'll go down poorly with voters the Republican party really needs House Democrats announced this week that they would bring two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, making him only the fourth president in US history to face such charges. Democratic leaders characterized the occasion as solemn, somber and sad. Republicans, on the other hand, dismissed the impeachment inquiry as a circus and a sham despite the fact that they are themselves the ones trying to reduce it to carnivalesque farce. Even a motion to take a 15-minute bathroom break during this week's judiciary committee hearings provoked hysterical Republican...

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