California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

Recovery teams with cadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in a flame-ravaged northern California town on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of more than 1,000 people reported missing in the deadliest wildfire in state history.

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16.Nov.2018


Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted defeat in her effort to become the first black female U.S. governor on Friday, but said she planned to sue the state over voting problems and "gross mismanagement" of the election.

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16.Nov.2018


U.S. prosecutors talking with accused Russian agent to resolve case

U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for accused Russian agent Maria Butina are engaging in negotiations, both sides said in a court filing on Friday, raising the possibility the case could be resolved with a plea deal.

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16.Nov.2018


U.S. judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Acosta

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered the White House to temporarily restore CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass, which was revoked after a contentious news conference last week with President Donald Trump.

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16.Nov.2018


'I brace myself': anxious search for the missing in California fire

Rose Farrell was an independent-minded 99-year-old determined to live by herself in Paradise, California. A caregiver checked on her daily and she relied on a walker, but still had her car in her driveway.

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16.Nov.2018


Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600

A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

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16.Nov.2018


PG&E shares surge 40 percent on report regulator wants to avoid bankruptcy from wildfire

PG&E Corp shares soared 40 percent in after-hours trade on Thursday following a report that a regulatory official told investors the agency does not want the utility to go into bankruptcy should it be found responsible for this month's deadly wildfire in northern California.

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16.Nov.2018


Judge eases Reagan shooter Hinckley's release conditions

A federal judge on Friday eased travel and other restrictions on the activities of John Hinckley, who shot former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt.

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16.Nov.2018


Grim fiscal forecast awaits Illinois' new governor

Illinois' new governor faces a budget deficit that could triple in size, as well as a backlog of unpaid bills that could surpass the state's record high, according to a new five-year fiscal forecast from outgoing Governor Bruce Rauner.

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16.Nov.2018


Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

An 11th child has died in less than four weeks at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, one of 34 young patients with compromised immune systems to have been infected by a viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.

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16.Nov.2018


California state senator says 'too soon' to speculate about utility legislation

California state Senator Bill Dodd said on Friday it was "too soon" to speculate about future legislation affecting utility PG&E's ability to recover costs related to potential liabilities from wildfires.

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16.Nov.2018


Louisiana can enforce ban on strippers under 21: U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court said Louisiana can enforce a law banning nude dancing in strip clubs by people under age 21, overturning an injunction against the ban and reversing its own ruling that the law might be unconstitutional.

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16.Nov.2018


Top Kentucky court upholds state's 'right-to-work' law

The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state's so-called “right-to-work” law, which makes it illegal to require workers to join unions and bars the collection of fees from private-sector workers who choose not to become union members.

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16.Nov.2018


Still counting: Uncalled U.S. federal and state elections

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate, but 11 federal and two state gubernatorial races remain undecided more than a week later.

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16.Nov.2018


Trump threatens to return to court if journalists do not follow rules

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to return to court if journalists do not follow White House rules, after a judge ordered the White House to restore a CNN reporter's access.

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16.Nov.2018


White House will temporarily reinstate CNN reporter's access

The White House said on Friday it will temporarily reinstate access for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, after a U.S. judge restored Acosta's press credentials for the time being, saying they had been revoked without due process.

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16.Nov.2018


Kentucky supermarket murder suspect charged with federal hate crimes

A white man from Kentucky suspected of killing a black man and woman in a racially motivated shooting attack at a supermarket last month has been charged with federal hate crimes and firearm charges, according to federal officials.

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16.Nov.2018


Hand recount ordered in Florida's divisive U.S. Senate race

Florida election officials on Thursday ordered a hand recount of ballots in the closely fought U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger, Governor Rick Scott, after a machine recount showed them divided by a razor-thin margin.

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16.Nov.2018


Forced out, Bolton aide Ricardel expresses admiration for Trump, Melania

Forced out of the White House in a feud with first lady Melania Trump, Mira Ricardel on Friday expressed admiration for U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife as a tumultuous week ended for the former deputy national security adviser.

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16.Nov.2018


Labor unions file pension lawsuit against Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico violated a law meant to safeguard the pensions of its public-sector workers who have been unable to invest the more than $300 million they contributed to a new retirement plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the U.S. commonwealth's government and others by two labor unions on Thursday.

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16.Nov.2018


U.S. National News

  • California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

    Recovery teams with cadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in a flame-ravaged northern California town on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of more than 1,000 people reported missing in the deadliest wildfire in state history. Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered so far in and around the Sierra foothills hamlet of Paradise, which was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8.


  • U.S. prosecutors talking with accused Russian agent to resolve case

    U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for accused Russian agent Maria Butina are engaging in negotiations, both sides said in a court filing on Friday, raising the possibility the case could be resolved with a plea deal. Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who has publicly advocated for gun rights, was charged in July with acting as an agent of the Russian government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Russia.


  • California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars

    Remains of at least 63 people have been recovered so far in and around the Sierra foothills hamlet of Paradise, which was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8. More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 45 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from 35 percent a day earlier, even as the burned landscape grew slightly to 142,000 acres (57,000 hectares). More than 11,000 evacuees were being housed in 14 emergency shelters set up in churches, schools and community centers around the region, American Red Cross spokeswoman Greta Gustafson said.


  • Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race

    Abrams' announcement effectively hands victory to Republican Brian Kemp in a bitter race that has drawn national attention both for her historic campaign and for Kemp's role as the state's top election administrator. Abrams accused Kemp of using his position as Georgia Secretary of State to interfere with the vote - an allegation he has strongly denied. "To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling," Abrams told supporters in Atlanta.


  • 'I brace myself': anxious search for the missing in California fire

    Since the "Camp Fire" swept rapidly into Paradise, which sits atop a ridge 1,700 feet above a canyon cut by the Feather River, Farrell's family has been unable to reach her. "The hardest part is just waiting to know what happened," said Tom Perez, 58, the husband of Farrell's granddaughter. California's deadliest wildfire roared into the town of 27,000 last week, speeding seven miles in 90 minutes and leaving residents little time to flee.


  • PG&E shares surge 40 percent on report regulator wants to avoid bankruptcy from wildfire

    SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - PG&E Corp shares soared 40 percent in after-hours trade on Thursday following a report that a regulatory official told investors the agency does not want the utility to go into bankruptcy should it be found responsible for this month's deadly wildfire in northern California. Bloomberg reported the comment by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) official on a call hosted by Bank of America Corp, citing a person familiar with the matter. A CPUC spokesman said he could not confirm the remarks and Bank of America declined to comment.


  • Judge eases Reagan shooter Hinckley's release conditions

    Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother, who is in her 90s, in Williamsburg, Virginia since his September 2016 release from a Washington psychiatric hospital. The judge also said reports from Hinckley's doctors show that Hinckley has "remained mentally stable" and complied with all his release conditions.


  • Grim fiscal forecast awaits Illinois' new governor

    Illinois' new governor faces a budget deficit that could triple in size, as well as a backlog of unpaid bills that could surpass the state's record high, according to a new five-year fiscal forecast from outgoing Governor Bruce Rauner. The Republican governor lost his bid for a second term in office to Democrat J.B. Pritzker in the Nov. 6 general election in what was the most expensive governor's race in U.S. history. In January, Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, will inherit a state with credit ratings just a notch or two above junk due to chronic unbalanced budgets and a $129 billion unfunded pension liability.


Health News

FDA declines to approve Aquestive's Viagra rival

Aquestive Therapeutics Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its erectile dysfunction treatment and sought additional data.

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16.Nov.2018


Novartis' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use

Novartis AG said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of its low platelets drug to treat patients with a rare, genetic blood disorder.

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16.Nov.2018


Pfizer to raise U.S. drug prices in January after previously backing down

Pfizer Inc said on Friday that it plans to hike U.S. prices on 41 of its medicines in January, after walking back its previous planned price increases this summer under pressure from President Donald Trump.

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16.Nov.2018


Make-a-Wish program tied to lower hospital costs for sick kids

(Reuters Health) - Kids with life-threatening illnesses who receive a special gift from the Make-a-Wish Foundation may have lower hospital costs than sick children who don't get these gifts, a U.S. study suggests.

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16.Nov.2018


Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

An 11th child has died in less than four weeks at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, one of 34 young patients with compromised immune systems to have been infected by a viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.

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16.Nov.2018


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'Eighth Grade,' 'Beale Street' land Indie Spirit nominations

Coming-of-age movie "Eighth Grade" and family drama "If Beale Street Could Talk" scored best feature nominations on Friday for the Independent Spirit Awards, the annual honors given to Hollywood's lower-budget movies.

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16.Nov.2018


Oh boy - vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

Seven rare vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are expected to fetch thousands of dollars at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character's first film appearance.

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16.Nov.2018


Viacom signs multi-picture film deal with Netflix

Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos said on Friday it has signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix Inc.

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16.Nov.2018


Grime star Stormzy announced as Glastonbury's first headline act

British grime star Stormzy has been confirmed as the first headline act at Glastonbury next year, organizers have said, as the green-field music festival returns from a year off.

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16.Nov.2018


Actor Rebel Wilson loses appeal on Australian defamation case

Australian actor Rebel Wilson has lost an appeal against a court decision that cut a record payout against Germany's Bauer Media, which was found to have defamed her in a series of articles, Australian media reported on Friday.

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16.Nov.2018


Apple partners with Oscar-winning movie studio A24 for feature films

Apple Inc has inked a multi-year deal with A24, the studio behind Oscar-winning projects "Moonlight" and "Amy", a source familiar with the plans told Reuters, as the iPhone maker pushes deeper into original content and movies.

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15.Nov.2018


Dark, new 'Fantastic Beasts' movie grounded in real world

Albus Dumbeldore is a young professor at Hogwarts School; the charismatic but evil Gellert Grindelwald is determined to manipulate the world for his own ends; and Newt Scamander, with his magical suitcase of strange creatures, is trying to stop him.

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15.Nov.2018


Beyoncé buys out clothing venture from UK's Philip Green

U.S. singer Beyoncé has bought the Ivy Park fitness clothing brand launched two years ago with British retail tycoon Philip Green, who has faced allegations of sexual harassment.

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15.Nov.2018


Carrie, Chris and Keith steal the show at the Country Music Awards

Chris Stapleton was the big winner but Carrie Underwood and her unborn baby stole the limelight at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards on Wednesday.

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14.Nov.2018


'Spinal Tap' creators, Vivendi to mediate $400 million U.S. fraud lawsuit

The creators of "This Is Spinal Tap" have agreed to put their fraud lawsuit against Vivendi SA on hold while a mediator tries to resolve their $400 million case over the 1984 cult film.

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14.Nov.2018