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Robert Mueller is counting on Michael Cohen to deliver evidence of White House criminality

Robert Mueller is counting on Michael Cohen to deliver evidence of White House criminality The Trump team pulled Cohen and Manafort close instead of limiting risk and damage. Now Cohen, best self or not, may have the goods for Mueller.


Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter.


Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.


Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody

Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.


4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student

4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.


Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction HOUSTON (AP) — A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father.


UK's Theresa May: Quiet, steely vicar's daughter

UK's Theresa May: Quiet, steely vicar's daughter LONDON (AP) — She is a quiet, determined vicar's daughter who rose to the heights of British political power by outmaneuvering better known, more outspoken men.


Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days' Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river - partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.


The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local):


Theresa May Could Be Ousted As British Prime Minister Today. Here’s What to Know

Theresa May Could Be Ousted As British Prime Minister Today. Here’s What to Know She faces a vote of no confidence after lawmakers revolted over Brexit


US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.


Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.


Trump 'storms out and throws briefing papers across floor' after extraordinary televised row with Pelosi and Schumer

Trump 'storms out and throws briefing papers across floor' after extraordinary televised row with Pelosi and Schumer A frustrated Donald Trump reportedly threw briefing papers across the White House floor following his chaotic televised meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer were widely considered to have bested Mr Trump after the 72-year-old was goaded into admitting he would be “proud” to partially shut down the government if congress refuses to approve $5bn in border wall funding. Following the dispute, Mr Trump “stormed out” of the Oval Office, and, holding a folder of briefing papers, “scattered them out of frustration – threw them across the room”, according to the LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols.


Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatory Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn't want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.


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Trump claims he’s ‘not concerned’ about impeachment because there would be a ‘revolt’

Trump claims he’s ‘not concerned’ about impeachment because there would be a ‘revolt’ Donald Trump has insisted he is “not concerned” about the threat of impeachment because “the people would revolt if that happened”. The president, who has been implicated in campaign finance violations admitted by his former personal lawyer, claimed it would be “hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong”. Federal prosecutors said last week that Mr Trump had directed Michael Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women to stop them speaking about alleged affairs with the Republican candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.


UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council. The Gulf monarchies and United States accuse Iran of supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen -- and see this as justification for the military campaign they have been waging in Yemen since 2015. Iran supports the rebels politically but denies supplying them with arms.


Stacey Abrams Says She’ll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams Says She’ll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams is not done yet.


Flynn’s Leniency Bid Pairs Contrition With Criticism of FBI

Flynn’s Leniency Bid Pairs Contrition With Criticism of FBI Flynn deserves a term of probation and community service rather than jail, his lawyers said in a 178-page memo filed late Tuesday in federal court in Washington. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan will sentence the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general on Dec. 18. Since pleading guilty a year ago to lying to the FBI about the ambassador and his lobbying on behalf of Turkey’s government, Flynn “cooperated extensively” with several Justice Department investigations, according to the filing.


$525-million wrongful-death lawsuit to be filed in shooting of man at Hollywood Walgreens, attorneys say

$525-million wrongful-death lawsuit to be filed in shooting of man at Hollywood Walgreens, attorneys say Attorneys for the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by a Walgreens security guard in Hollywood earlier this month announced a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.


Texas executes killer over 1993 attack on newlyweds

Texas executes killer over 1993 attack on newlyweds The southern US state of Texas on executed a convicted killer and rapist Tuesday over a 1993 attack on a newlywed couple. Alvin Braziel, 43, died by lethal injection at the Texas state prison in Huntsville. The couple were walking on a trail in the Dallas suburbs when Braziel, aged 18 at the time, attempted to rob them at gunpoint.


Gunman kills three people in French Christmas market, flees

Gunman kills three people in French Christmas market, flees Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the shooter had evaded a police dragnet and was on the run, raising concerns of a follow-up attack. "The government has raised its security threat to the highest level and is bolstering border controls," Castaner told a late-night news conference. "We will also reinforce security at all Christmas markets to prevent copycat attacks." With France still on high alert after a wave of attacks commissioned or inspired by Islamic State militants since early 2015, the counter-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.


Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border The Pentagon announced Tuesday that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported Kurdish militia, have been erected, despite Ankara's request to scrap the move. US support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has strained relations with Turkey, which fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region on its southern border. "At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey," Department of Defense spokesman Rob Manning said.


Wisconsin And Michigan Activists Are Resisting GOP Power Grabs Pretty Much On Their Own

Wisconsin And Michigan Activists Are Resisting GOP Power Grabs Pretty Much On Their Own Hundreds of progressive Michigan activists plan to mount a rally at the state


Canadian court grants bail to CFO of China's Huawei

Canadian court grants bail to CFO of China's Huawei A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail on Tuesday while she awaits a hearing for extradition to the U.S.


Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.


Is China's AIIB Developing Asia, Or Just Propping Up China's State-Owned Banks with Extra Cash?

Is China's AIIB Developing Asia, Or Just Propping Up China's State-Owned Banks with Extra Cash? The AIIB was supposed to lend $30 to $40 billion in its first three years. It has disbursed just $1 billion. Something doesn't add up.


FBI investigating alleged neo-Nazi white supremacist attack on black DJ

FBI investigating alleged neo-Nazi white supremacist attack on black DJ The FBI is joining a hate crimes investigation into an attack on a black DJ, allegedly carried out by self-confessed members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group. Eight individuals have been arrested as part of the investigation launched by the Snohomish County Sheriff's office in Washington state, and the FBI. Among those arrested was Travis Condor, a former soldier from Pittsburgh who in 2010 was sentenced to 90 days in jail for beating a homeless man with a baseball bat in Cincinnati.


Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in video

Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in video Jazmine Headley remained incarcerated as of Tuesday morning, four days after New York City police yanked her infant son from her arms in Brooklyn.


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Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019

Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019 The airline is ditching boarding zones for groups based on ticket type. Some travelers will board later than they do now.


US nuns who stole money to gamble in Vegas facing criminal charges

US nuns who stole money to gamble in Vegas facing criminal charges Two California nuns who stole around $500,000 dollars from the school where they worked and splashed out on travel and gambling in Las Vegas are facing criminal charges, their order confirmed Tuesday. Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, reportedly embezzled the huge sum over the course of a decade from St James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the money was discovered missing during a routine audit after Kreuper, who was principal at the school for 29 years, retired earlier this year.


Texas to execute killer over 1993 attack on newlyweds

Texas to execute killer over 1993 attack on newlyweds The southern US state of Texas was on Tuesday scheduled to execute a convicted killer and rapist over a 1993 attack on a newlywed couple. Alvin Braziel, 43, was set to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening at the Texas state prison in Huntsville. The couple were walking on a trail in the Dallas suburbs when Braziel, aged 18 at the time, attempted to rob them at gunpoint.


Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid tensions over arrest of Huawei executive

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid tensions over arrest of Huawei executive A former Canadian diplomat has been arrested in  China, amid tensions over the recent detention of a Chinese telecom executive in Vancouver. "We have been in direct contact with the Chinese diplomats and representatives," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. "We are engaged with the file (case), which we take very seriously." Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on Tuesday confirmed the detention of Michael Kovrig. "We're deeply concerned," he said. "A Canadian is obviously in difficulty in China. We are sparing no effort to do everything we possibly can to look after his safety." The International Crisis Group said on Tuesday it was aware of reports that Mr Kovrig, its North East Asia senior adviser, had been detained. The Brussels-based non-governmental organisation said in a statement that it's doing everything possible to obtain additional information about Mr Kovrig's whereabouts and that it will work to ensure his prompt release. The Globe and Mail in Toronto and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported the arrest, citing unnamed sources. Reports of Mr Kovrig's detention come after  China  warned Canada of consequences for its December 1 arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver's airport. It's unclear if there's any link between the cases. Ms Meng was detained  over US allegations she misled banks about  Huawei' s control of a firm operating in Iran. Yesterday (Tues), the Washington Post reported that the US government is to take action against China  over hacking and economic espionage,using sanctions and indictments. The report could not immediately be confirmed. The International Crisis Group said Mr Kovrig has been one of its full-time experts since February 2017. The organisation's website says Kovrig previously worked as a Canadian diplomat in Beijing and Hong Kong and at the United Nations. Canada's Global Affairs department didn't immediately respond with comment. Former Canadian Liberal leader Bob Rae said it's clear why he's been detained. "It's called repression and retaliation," Mr Rae tweeted. 


Kathie Lee Gifford announces she's leaving 'Today' show

Kathie Lee Gifford announces she's leaving 'Today' show Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the "Today" show, she announced on Tuesday morning.


US presses Cuba with prisoner list

US presses Cuba with prisoner list US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pressed Cuba in an open letter to explain the detention of eight people who Washington says are political prisoners, saying that Havana has ignored diplomatic efforts to seek answers. In a letter released Tuesday by the State Department, Pompeo asked Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to provide a "substantive explanation" on the detention of eight listed prisoners.


Verizon takes billions in charges for Oath, voluntary buyouts

Verizon takes billions in charges for Oath, voluntary buyouts Verizon bought Yahoo for $4.48 billion in 2017 and AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015. In the third quarter, Oath's revenue fell 7 percent to $1.8 billion, putting it far off from its goal of $10 billion in revenue by 2020, which Verizon said it did not expect Oath to achieve. Verizon said in September that Tim Armstrong, Oath chief executive and architect of the group, would step down and appointed Guru Gowrappan as his replacement.


James Alex Fields Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Heather Heyer

James Alex Fields Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Heather Heyer Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for


China's Car-Tariff Gesture Stirs Hope of a More Lasting Truce

China's Car-Tariff Gesture Stirs Hope of a More Lasting Truce Shares of U.S. automakers surged Tuesday after Bloomberg News reported that China’s Cabinet will review a proposal to cut tariffs on U.S. cars to 15 percent from 40 percent, bringing the U.S. in line with what other countries pay, according to people familiar with the matter. President Donald Trump tweeted that “very productive conversations” are taking place with the Chinese, predicting “important announcements” to come. China intends to resume purchases of American soybeans soon, with officials considering buying between 5 million and 8 million tons, according to government officials.China’s plans on cars and soybeans would only reverse moves it made in retaliation against U.S. tariffs, rather than removing barriers that existed before the trade war.Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke by phone Tuesday morning Beijing time, exchanging views on the road map for negotiations.


Israel PM warns Hezbollah of reprisals over 'attack tunnels'

Israel PM warns Hezbollah of reprisals over 'attack tunnels' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah of reprisals after the military said on Tuesday it had uncovered a third "attack tunnel" infiltrating its territory from Lebanon. "If Hezbollah makes the serious mistake of attacking us or confronting what we are doing now it will face unimaginable blows" in retaliation, Netanyahu said during a visit to northern Israel. "We will pursue this operation as long as the threat of Hezbollah tunnels persists," the premier, who was accompanied by the army chief of staff, said in a statement released by his office.


President Trump meets with Pelosi, Schumer

President Trump meets with Pelosi, Schumer Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer meet with the president before a crucial government funding deadline.


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Lebanon's Aoun says Israeli anti-tunnel action no risk to peace

Lebanon's Aoun says Israeli anti-tunnel action no risk to peace Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday he saw no risk to peace from an operation by Israel's military to disable cross-border tunnels it says were dug into its territory by Hezbollah guerrillas. Israel says Hezbollah, Lebanon's most powerful armed group, dug the tunnels with the aim of launching attacks into Israel with backing from its regional sponsor Iran. Hezbollah has yet to comment.


Former Frat President Accused Of Drugging And Raping Woman Fined $400 And Set Free

Former Frat President Accused Of Drugging And Raping Woman Fined $400 And Set Free A former fraternity president at Baylor University walked away with a fine and


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud' Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday attacked what she


Opposition UK lawmakers call for second Brexit referendum preparations

Opposition UK lawmakers call for second Brexit referendum preparations Less than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, Brexit was plunged into chaos on Monday when May accepted that British lawmakers would not accept her deal and withdrew a key vote on it. The ultimate outcome of Brexit is now uncertain. "The UK is in the middle of a constitutional crisis, which is unparalleled in modern history," said Ian Blackford, the leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster.


Feds Flip Russian Spy!

Feds Flip Russian Spy! Maria Butina will admit to being a Russian spy in exchange for leniency. Prosecutors say she infiltrated prominent conservative groups, including the National Rifle Association.


U.N. seeks withdrawal of warring parties from Yemen's Hodeidah: sources

U.N. seeks withdrawal of warring parties from Yemen's Hodeidah: sources The United Nations is proposing that all armed forces from Yemen's warring parties withdraw from the port city of Hodeidah and that an interim entity be set up to run the city, a lifeline for millions of people in the country's war, sources said. The proposal is still being discussed at U.N.-sponsored peace talks between the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in Sweden. The sources familiar with the talks said the U.N. proposal envisions a "joint committee or independent entity" to manage the city and port after both sides withdraw and the possibility of deploying U.N. monitors.


'The Guardians' For Truth Named Time Magazine's 2018 Person Of The Year

'The Guardians' For Truth Named Time Magazine's 2018 Person Of The Year Time magazine on Tuesday announced a group of journalists it called "The


Krispy Kreme celebrates 'Day of Dozens' Wednesday with sweet $1 deal

Krispy Kreme celebrates 'Day of Dozens' Wednesday with sweet $1 deal Take advantage of Krispy Kreme's "Day of the Dozens" deal Wednesday to be the office champion. Get a dozen doughnuts for $1 with purchase of a dozen.