December 15th, 2017

World News

Winds temporarily calm on lines of huge California wildfire

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but forecasters warned that conditions would remain dry and warm and the respite from gusts would only be temporary. Red Flag warnings for the critical combination of low humidity and ... Read More »

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Coalition govt reached in Austria signals shift to right

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

BERLIN – Conservative and nationalist parties in Austria reached a deal on Friday to form a new coalition government that will shift the country to the right and make 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz Europe’s youngest leader. Kurz’s conservative Austrian People’s Party finished first in the country’s Oct. 15 election. It then embarked on coalition talks with ... Read More »

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Trump assails FBI leadership, touts loyalty to police

By Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

QUANTICO, Va. – Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau’s leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it “really ... Read More »

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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would dramatically reduce women’s access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction on Friday temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law required most ... Read More »

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Austrian conservatives, nationalists reach government deal

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

BERLIN – Conservative and nationalist parties in Austria say they have reached a deal on creating a new coalition government that will make 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz the new chancellor and Europe’s youngest leader. Kurz’s conservative Austrian People’s Party finished first in the country’s Oct. 15 election. It then embarked on coalition talks with the right-wing ... Read More »

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Wynn Resorts to purchase site of former New Frontier casino

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

LAS VEGAS – Wynn Resorts is buying the site once occupied by the New Frontier casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The company this week announced it will pay $336 million for 38 acres. The site is across from the company’s Wynn Las Vegas and Encore casino-hotels and is near the Trump hotel and Fashion ... Read More »

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Trump touts loyalty to police but delivers attack on FBI

By Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

QUANTICO, Va. – Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau’s leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it “really ... Read More »

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Pete Rose defamation lawsuit dismissed after agreement

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball has been dismissed. Federal court documents show Rose’s suit against John Dowd was dismissed Friday. Statements issued by Rose’s lawyer and Dowd’s lawyer say both parties agreed “based on mutual consideration, to the dismissal ... Read More »

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Peter Jackson’s Weinstein story opens old wounds for Sorvino

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

NEW YORK – Director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein’s advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses. Jackson tells Stuff that he was told by Miramax in the late 1990s that they were “a nightmare” to work ... Read More »

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Man with knife at Amsterdam airport is not terror case

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A man was shot in the leg at Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport on Friday after he walked into a military police office and threatened staff with a knife, a spokesman for the military police said. The incident, which sparked a brief evacuation of parts of the airport, was not being treated ... Read More »

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