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Congress passes short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 23:11

Congress is poised to adjourn on Friday. Congress has averted a shutdown of the federal government, narrowly passing a temporary spending bill that will now go to Donald Trump to sign but that will only delay the reckoning for a month and will kick contentious issues such as immigration and healthcare into the new year.

Groom in rare cross-border wedding is a drug smuggler

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:36

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a heartwarming scene: A U.S. citizen, forbidden to enter Mexico, wed the love of his life in a brief moment when the gate separating the two countries was opened.

Senate Paid Out $1.45 Million In Discrimination Settlements Since 1997, Data Shows

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:24

The Senate paid nearly $1.45 million in taxpayer-funded discrimination settlements over the last two decades, according to data released on Thursday obtained by several news outlets.

California manhunt under way after random shootings target 10 drivers

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:59

Police in California's Central Valley have launched a manhunt for at least one suspect after a series of 10 random shootings on vehicles left one woman wounded this holiday season, officials said on Thursday. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has warned the shooting attacks, which have occurred in her jurisdiction and neighboring Madera County, could turn deadly. "If this keeps going, it's going to be a matter of time before we have a murder investigation," Mims said at a news conference.

Ivanka Trump Goofs Up On Tax Law In Her Televised Boast

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:40

Ivanka Trump’s victory boast on “Fox & Friends” about her dad’s new tax measure included a couple of gaffes.

U.S. Sanctions Myanmar General Accused of Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against Rohingya

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:37

12 other "serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors" were also sanctioned

Police Are Still Searching for a Motive in the Melbourne Car Attack

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:15

It is the second time this year that Melbourne has been traumatized by a car attack

Teen Gets 25 Years In Mental Health Facility For 'Slender Man' Stabbing

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:51

A Wisconsin teenager accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional horror character named “Slender Man” has been ordered to receive 25 years of mental health treatment.

Boeing, Embraer confirm merger talks ongoing; deal not guaranteed

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:37

US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazil's Embraer said Thursday they were in talks on a "potential combination" but cautioned there was no guarantee of a deal. The talks ignited shares of the Brazilian company, which makes commercial, military and executive jets, despite immediate signs of opposition to the transaction in Brazil. Any deal would need to be approved by the Brazilian government.

Trump Finally Gets His Wall ... At An Irish Golf Course

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:31

The Trump Organization won approval on Thursday to build a wall it has sought for more than a year ― not along the U.S.-Mexico border, but on a golf course in the west of Ireland.

Survivors of Mexico bus crash heading home, 2 victims ID'd

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:57

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured survivors of a tour bus crash that killed 11 foreigners in southeastern Mexico began leaving hospitals and heading home Thursday as two of the dead were identified as long-time educators from Washington state.

Energy and financials power Wall Street's rise

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:40

By April Joyner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The three main U.S. stock indexes rose on Thursday, boosted by bank and energy stocks as investors bet on more economically sensitive sectors. Energy <.SPNY> and financial <.SPSY> stocks led gains among the 11 major S&P sectors. "Today of late, (energy has) picked up significantly," said John Stoltzfus, chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer Asset Management in New York.

If You Want A Better Relationship In 2018, Do This

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:19

It’s easy to get off track with your New Year’s resolutions when you’re the only one holding yourself accountable.

Houston woman accused of killing friend, taking baby as her own

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:34

A Houston woman who police said stabbed her friend to death, stole the mother's six-week-old baby girl and tried to pass the infant off as her own was arrested on Thursday, the same day authorities said they had found the missing child alive. Erika Miranda-Alvarez, 28, apparently took the baby to hide from her boyfriend and family that she had a miscarriage, police said. Due to deliver in January, she came home on Tuesday with the stolen infant, telling family that she delivered early.

Homelessness, up in 2017, doesn&apos;t take a break for Christmas

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:33

New York City is experiencing its greatest homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, mostly in shelters. Homelessness has also been on the rise in major west-coast cities like Los Angeles. Those dedicated to fighting homelessness hope the outpouring of compassion around Christmastime will stick around into 2018.

Trump and Saudi Arabia: Missing a Generational Opportunity

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:27

The United States once sided with a Middle Eastern monarch to reform a country. There is much to commend Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for, particularly his willingness to confront the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s entrenched interests that have long prevented its transition to an economically sustainable and more socially free country. From the Wahhabi-dominated religious establishment that has long hindered social reform in Saudi Arabia and helped lay the groundwork for Sunni extremism globally, to the wasteful economics of absolute oil dependency, Prince Mohammed’s willingness to confront these internal forces represents a unique departure from previous Saudi monarchs.

Tom Brokaw Says Fox News Is &apos;On A Jihad&apos; To Destroy FBI&apos;s Credibility

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:08

Veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw accuses Fox News of waging “a jihad”  against the FBI to discredit the investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

5-year-old boy shot for second time in two years in Chicago

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:07

A 5-year-old boy in Chicago has undergone emergency surgery after being shot for the second time in two years. Kavan Collins of Chicago, Illinois accidentally shot himself in the hand while playing with his younger brother in his family home, according to local news reports. A year and a half ago, the young boy was hit by a stray bullet while walking with his family in Chicago’s South Side.


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