December 13th, 2017

World News

Mom who posted video of bullied son denies being racist

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee woman who posted a video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at school has appeared on national media outlets to deflect accusations of racism. Kimberly Jones told Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Tuesday that a photo of her family with a Confederate flag posted on social ... Read More »

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NTSB cites weak safety culture by owner of sunken El Faro

By Jason Dearen, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

The owner of the sunken cargo ship El Faro had a weak corporate safety culture that contributed to the vessel’s demise and the deaths of 33 mariners, federal accident investigators said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said that as a company, TOTE Maritime, Inc. suffered from a lack of “critical” aspects of safety ... Read More »

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Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighbourhoods

By Christopher Weber, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighbourhoods amid fears of renewed winds. Firefighters protected foothill homes northwest of Los Angeles, making progress in residential areas while much of the fire’s growth occurred ... Read More »

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Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

By Tom Hays And Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

NEW YORK – The Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway mocked President Donald Trump on Facebook on his way to carry out the attack, writing “Trump you failed to protect your nation,” authorities said Tuesday as they brought federal charges against him. Akayed Ullah, 27, was accused of ... Read More »

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee oversaw explosive growth

By Janie Har, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee’s office said the city’s first Asian-American mayor died at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco ... Read More »

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Moore’s wife cites Jewish attorney to rebut bias claims

By Kim Chandler, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. – The wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore drew ridicule online after she declared that “one of our attorneys is a Jew,” and said some of their close friends are “Jewish and rabbis” while defending him against accusations that he doesn’t care for blacks or Jews, Speaking at a campaign ... Read More »

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Chunk of ice falls on San Bernardino home, tears roof

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – San Bernardino homeowners say a block of ice fell out of the sky, tore through their roof and landed in their bedroom. The Press-Enterprise reports Claudell Curry and Odell Marie Curry say their home shook violently as a chunk of ice the size of a car engine fell into their home Sunday ... Read More »

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Police: Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee. WIVB-TV reports the man flashed a fake badge and gun at a Starbucks in Buffalo around 11 p.m. Friday. Police say the man claimed he was a detective and ... Read More »

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After bitter campaign, Alabama Senate race goes to voters

By Bill Barrow And Kim Chandler, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP’s lock on the state and uphold “decency.” Roy Moore, the 70-year-old GOP nominee who was twice ousted ... Read More »

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Follow the money: investors lead charge on climate change

By Frank Jordans, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

BERLIN – An international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement has drawn world leaders, celebrities, companies and environmental groups to the French capital, all aiming to keep up momentum on efforts to curb global warming. Financial institutions are using the meeting to highlight the need to ensure that their ... Read More »

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