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Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:15

It might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:05

Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:42

Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. Evacuation orders were in place for threatened areas in the Santa Barbara region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In the past day or so, the blaze figure has grown by around a thousand hectares.

The Latest: Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:26

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:07

The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said "severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises" were serious problems for international trade.

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:42

By Ben Gruber CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 368 square miles (953 square km) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City.

Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:06

Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms. "We do not know if we will have any work tonight," Figueroa said.

The Latest: Safeway spokeswoman says workers will miss mayor

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (all times local):

Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:02

A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media

White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:40

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:14

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.

26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:10

If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.

Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:56

Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.

Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:36

Editor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.

It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The Drug

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:32

Opponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.

Woman with 84 Great Danes guilty of animal cruelty charges

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:27

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her New Hampshire mansion was found guilty Tuesday of 10 animal cruelty charges.

The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:03

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

McMaster rips Russian 'campaigns of subversion'

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:28

President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging “campaigns of subversion” against the United States and its allies.

Keaton Jones' Mom Responds to Criticism Over Confederate Flag Photos: 'I Can't Take It Back'

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:07

Kimberly Jones also claims she has nothing to do with a GoFundMe page that has raised $58,000 for her son.