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More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The public concern over global warming in the United States clashes with President Donald Trump’s policies aimed at maximizing fossil fuels production and dismantling climate protections he views as too onerous and costly for industry. Trump last year announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an accord to curb global warming struck by nearly 200 nations in 2015 that he said would kill American jobs and have no tangible environmental benefit.


Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST, the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to die in 1994. Jimenez was accused of beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, after he broke into her North Miami apartment on Oct. 2, 1992.


The Latest: Israeli troops seal off Ramallah to find shooter

The Latest: Israeli troops seal off Ramallah to find shooter JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):


Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors gain insight into Russian efforts to meddle in American politics. Maria Butina, a Russian former graduate student at American University in Washington who has publicly advocated for gun rights, is slated to change her plea from not guilty to guilty in a hearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan in U.S. District Court in Washington. Butina was charged in July with acting as an agent of Russia's government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Moscow.


Meanwhile in … The Hague, a church has held a seven-week-long continuous service to stop a family from being deported

Meanwhile in … The Hague, a church has held a seven-week-long continuous service to stop a family from being deported In the Hague, a church has held a seven-week-long continuous service to stop a family from being deported. According to Dutch law, police cannot enter places of worship during an ongoing religious service. In July, Tham Luang Nang Non cave was anxiously watched by the world as rescuers worked to save 12 soccer team members and their coach from a flooded underground passage.


Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap

Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine while riding all-terrain vehicles, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out on Monday to alert authorities about his missing friends. Randy Williams, the father of Kayla Williams, one of those rescued, told an ABC News affiliate that he believed the group entered the abandoned mine to look for scrap copper to sell.


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.


South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage

South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage Jesse Osborne, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 attack on Townville Elementary School some 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Greenville, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors said they did not make any deals with Osborne and his guilty plea would not reduce the sentence they are were asking a judge to impose. "I am seeking the maximum sentence in this case, life without parole, which is the appropriate sentence for the murder of six-year-old Jacob Hall, and the attempted murders of his classmates and teachers," Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said in a statement.


US Senate advances vote on ending military support for Saudis in Yemen

US Senate advances vote on ending military support for Saudis in Yemen The US Senate sent a fresh warning to President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia Wednesday by greenlighting a vote that could end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen. Anger at the human cost of the war, as well as outrage over the killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, have prompted a harder line in Congress about the US military's role in backing the Saudi-led coalition fighting to bolster the Yemeni government against Huthi rebels. The Senate voted to advance the resolution that ends US backing for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen by 60 votes to 39, with 11 Republicans joining Democrats to back the measure.


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.


Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer Testifies

Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer Testifies A Florida man testified this week about fatally shooting his best friend ― who


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 Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.


Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears The testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange for prescribing its powerful opioid pain drug, Subsys. The trial could provide a glimpse into some of the evidence prosecutors will use in next month's trial of six former Insys executives and managers, including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was the company's founder and chairman. Prosecutors say they conspired to pay kickbacks to doctors and others like Clough by paying them fees to participate in "sham" speaker programs ostensibly meant to educate medical professionals about the drug.


Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting

Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspect wanted in a drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop, shooting him Wednesday just hours after an Israeli baby delivered prematurely as a result of the weekend attack died.


U.S. probe cites 'ineffective' safeguard in Husky oil refinery blast

U.S. probe cites 'ineffective' safeguard in Husky oil refinery blast An "ineffective" safeguard failed to prevent an explosive mixing of air and fuel at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, leading to a blast and fire in the plant's gasoline-producing unit in April, a U.S. industrial safety group said on Wednesday. Air seeped through a hole in a valve within a fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said, causing an April 26 explosion that led to a massive fire and a 24-hour-long evacuation of residents living within miles of the plant. The board said 36 people sought medical treatment after the blast, including 11 working at the refinery.


May Survives Confidence Vote to Face Uphill Struggle in Brexit

May Survives Confidence Vote to Face Uphill Struggle in Brexit Theresa May survived an attempt to oust her as U.K. prime minister on Wednesday, but the size of the rebellion against her weakens her position at a critical time as she tries to steer the U.K. out of the European Union. May won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party, with Tory members of Parliament backing her by 200 to 117 in the secret ballot.


West Virginia mine explorers still missing as rescuers dig deeper

West Virginia mine explorers still missing as rescuers dig deeper Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, have been stranded deep inside the Rock House Powellton mine near the town of Clear Creek since they crawled through a ventilation shaft into the caverns on Saturday after riding to the site on all-terrain vehicles. A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out on Monday to alert authorities that his friends were missing, Raleigh County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Mark McCray said.


Chicago mayor pushes bond sale, constitutional change to aid pensions

Chicago mayor pushes bond sale, constitutional change to aid pensions Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid out a multi-pronged plan on Wednesday to tackle Chicago's huge pension burden, urging the city council to approve the issuance of $10 billion of bonds to boost funding for the city's four retirement systems. Emanuel, who leaves office in May after declining to run for a third term as mayor, also called for changing the Illinois Constitution and earmarking new revenue from a possible casino and legalized marijuana for pensions. "Issuing these bonds and depositing the proceeds directly into our pension funds would immediately increase the health of our pension funds to levels not seen in at least a decade before asking more of Chicago's hard-pressed taxpayers," the mayor said in a speech to the city council.


Why an Argentine leader seeks to break the pull of populism

Why an Argentine leader seeks to break the pull of populism Young Andrés Watle has only been around for about three decades – and yet that’s long enough to have known the economic ups and downs of Argentina’s legendary populist governance. “It seems great when you’re living the good times of el populismo, with services practically given away and a feeling that we’re a wealthy country,” says Mr. Watle, a Buenos Aires travel agent. Breaking the pattern of the boom-and-bust economic cycles that have defined Argentina’s economy for decades was a central objective of Argentine President Mauricio Macri when he took office in 2015.


The ballot broker: North Carolina race puts face on electoral fraud

The ballot broker: North Carolina race puts face on electoral fraud A country still dealing with potential election interference by foreign agents is now facing a home-grown scandal: credible and bipartisan allegations that a small-town operator in rural North Carolina used illicit means to swing a 905-vote win for a Republican House candidate. A bipartisan elections board in North Carolina unanimously declined to certify the Ninth District election last week after “unfortunate activities,” in the words of the board’s vice chair – apparent mass-manipulation of absentee ballots – came to light. Affidavits suggest that Republican officials shared early voting data with partisans while withholding that information from Democrats.


It’s All About Modi as India Prepares for Mammoth 2019 Election

It’s All About Modi as India Prepares for Mammoth 2019 Election Four-and-a-half years after crushing the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty’s latest scion as he swept to victory, Modi still cultivates his image as a diligent, incorruptible son-of-a-tea-seller who strives to make India a prouder, more powerful country. BJP leaders expect to triumph by focusing the campaign on Modi versus opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and by zeroing in on religious issues—including a controversial temple—that will consolidate India’s majority Hindu voters, said a senior BJP official who asked not to be named discussing strategy.


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.


Putin’s praise of a truth-telling dissident

Putin’s praise of a truth-telling dissident An object of investigation in the West for spreading fake news, Vladimir Putin paid tribute on Tuesday to a man known for truth-telling. The Russian president praised the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the centennial of his birth and unveiled a statue honoring the Nobel Prize-winning author. For decades, Solzhenitsyn was a fierce critic of his country.


Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian People

Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian People That is why Washington must maintain them.


U.S. Commerce Sec. Ross unaware of any planned warning for China travel

U.S. Commerce Sec. Ross unaware of any planned warning for China travel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday downplayed talk that President Donald Trump's administration is poised to warn Americans against traveling to China.


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):


United Airlines to add international routes from San Francisco

United Airlines to add international routes from San Francisco The airline also plans to start a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul as well as new year-round nonstop flights between the U.S. city and Auckland, Tahiti and Amsterdam in 2019. "This route expansion solidifies United's position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond," Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz said.


Family, friends gather at courthouse for Cohen sentencing

Family, friends gather at courthouse for Cohen sentencing Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen facing significant jail time after pleading guilty to federal charges and lying to Congress; Laura Ingle reports from the New York City courthouse.


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.


Ex-N.Y. state university official gets prison for bid rigging

Ex-N.Y. state university official gets prison for bid rigging The former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday for helping to rig the bidding process for a billion-dollar, state-funded development project. Alain Kaloyeros was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan, who also ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Kaloyeros had been found guilty of fraud and conspiracy by a jury in June following a three-week trial.


Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.


Cosby's lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

Cosby's lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction The 81-year-old performer, best known for his role as the lovable family man and physician on the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show," was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004. It marked the first such criminal conviction of a celebrity accused of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement that has brought down dozens of powerful, privileged men in American media, politics and business since the autumn of 2017. In September, the trial judge, Steven O'Neill, designated Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law, requiring the entertainer to register as a sex offender for life, and sentenced him to a term of three to 10 years in prison.


Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murder

Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murder Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death, Braziel expressed thanks to "all those overseas, Italy and France, for their support for death row prisoners. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for attacking Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas-area community college, on Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.


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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Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties A Canadian court has granted bail to a top Chinese telecom company executive wanted in the United States, as diplomatic tensions turned to the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, was released on Can$10 million (US$7.5 million) bail on Tuesday in a case that has rattled relations between China, the United States and Canada. Meng, who faces a US extradition bid on charges related to alleged violations of Iran sanctions, was also ordered to surrender her passport and will be subjected to electronic monitoring.


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.


PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced late on Tuesday that a man who was severely burned while trying to put out the fire that engulfed his car had died from his injuries.


Former Trump adviser Flynn asks for probation in Mueller probe

Former Trump adviser Flynn asks for probation in Mueller probe The former national security adviser pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.


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.


No evidence for Trump claim on 'terrorists': government sources

No evidence for Trump claim on 'terrorists': government sources President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that U.S. authorities had "caught 10 terrorists," citing it as a reason for why the United States should build a wall on its Mexican border, but four government sources said there was no recent evidence of terrorism suspects being caught along the border. Three national security officials agreed with that view, saying they knew of no recent border-related arrests. In a contentious White House meeting on Tuesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Trump demanded $5 billion in taxpayer funding for his wall, threatening a federal shutdown if he did not get the money.


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.


Chicago mayor to leave pension bond decision to successor: source

Chicago mayor to leave pension bond decision to successor: source Chicago will not immediately pursue the issuance of up to $10 billion of pension bonds to buoy its underfunded retirement system, under steps Mayor Rahm Emanuel will outline to the city council on Wednesday, a city hall source said on Tuesday. Instead, Emanuel, who is not seeking a third term in office next year, will work with aldermen to create a structure for the debt, leaving it up to them and the next mayor to decide whether to issue the bonds, the source added. Chicago's unfunded pension liability was $27.6 billion in 2017 with a funded ratio of only 26.5 percent on an actuarial basis.


U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources

U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources Such an advisory from the State Department would warn U.S. nationals of the risk that China could retaliate against them for the detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, according to one of the sources familiar with the situation. Meng, 46, arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver, returned to a Canadian court on Tuesday for a bail hearing and is fighting a U.S. extradition request. China has protested her arrest to U.S. and Canadian officials.


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.


Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to let his order barring asylum for immigrants who enter the United States illegally take effect even as litigation over the matter proceeds.