Life in prison looms for neo-Nazi in Virginia protest killing

A self-described neo-Nazi who killed a woman by ramming his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia last year should spend the rest of his life in prison, a jury said on Tuesday.

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11.Dec.2018


Trump administration proposes weakening U.S. waterway protections

The Trump administration proposed on Tuesday reducing federal protections for U.S. waterways, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists.

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11.Dec.2018


Trump administration official defends tear gas use at Mexico border

The firing of tear gas canisters by U.S. border agents toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing last month followed regulations, a senior Trump administration official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

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11.Dec.2018


Texas ready to execute man convicted of 1993 murder, assault

Texas is scheduled on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of murdering a man and sexually assaulting his wife at a Dallas-area community college more than two decades ago.

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11.Dec.2018


U.S. missile defense system succeeds in significant test: military

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it successfully tested a key missile defense system, a milestone that demonstrated U.S. capability to knock down an incoming, intermediate-range missile from countries like North Korea.

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11.Dec.2018


U.S. lawmakers agree on Farm Bill, aiming for vote this week

U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers.

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11.Dec.2018


Dylann Roof admirer charged with Ohio bomb plot

An Ohio woman who corresponded with Charleston, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof was charged on Monday with planning to bomb a Toledo, Ohio, bar, prosecutors said.

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11.Dec.2018


U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest

Kneeling in front of riot police, 32 religious leaders and activists were arrested at the U.S. border fence in San Diego on Monday during a protest to support the Central American migrant caravan.

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11.Dec.2018


Number of people believed missing in California wildfire drops to three

The number of people unaccounted for in California's deadliest wildfire dropped to just three, down from a high of more than 1,200, officials said late on Monday.

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11.Dec.2018


Thousands without power in U.S. southeast after snow storm

At least three people had died and thousands of homes were left without power in the Carolinas and Virginia early on Tuesday after a storm dumped up to two feet of snow in parts of the southeastern United States.

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11.Dec.2018


Los Angeles Fire Dept. reports natgas pipeline rupture at Woodland Hills

An underground natural gas pipeline ruptured due to an overturned vehicle causing a leak in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, the city's fire department reported on its website on Monday.

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10.Dec.2018


Heavy snow kills three, snarls travel in U.S. Southeast

An intense snowstorm headed out to sea on Monday after dumping up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on parts of the Southeastern United States, leaving three people dead in North Carolina and some 138,000 customers in the region still without power.

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10.Dec.2018


Indiana boy, 16, charged with murder of pregnant classmate

A 16-year-old Indiana boy, who police say confessed to killing a classmate who was carrying his baby, was charged on Monday with murder and feticide, prosecutors said.

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10.Dec.2018


Accused Russian agent Butina poised to plead guilty: U.S. court papers

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors, according to court filings on Monday.

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10.Dec.2018


U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women's healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump's appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states.

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10.Dec.2018


Trump calls hush money payments a 'simple private transaction'

Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer, responding a day after Democratic lawmakers said the U.S. president could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to violate campaign finance laws.

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10.Dec.2018


Accused Russian agent Butina to cooperate with prosecutors: ABC News

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, who is suspected of trying to influence U.S. policy toward Russia, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with U.S. federal, state and local authorities, ABC News reported on Monday.

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10.Dec.2018


U.S. has arrested 170 immigrants who tried to claim migrant children

U.S. immigration authorities arrested 170 people between early July and late November who came forward to claim migrant children in government custody, according to official data released on Monday, a crackdown advocates say is discouraging relatives from volunteering to take in some of the 14,000 detained children.

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10.Dec.2018


Ohio man arrested for plotting synagogue attack: law enforcement

An Ohio man who said he admired the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October has been arrested and charged with planning an attack on another Jewish house of worship, federal authorities said on Monday.

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10.Dec.2018


Five children dead in Ohio house fire: local media

Five children ranging in age from one to nine have died following an overnight house fire in Youngstown, Ohio, local media reported on Monday.

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10.Dec.2018


U.S. National News

  • Life in prison looms for neo-Nazi in Virginia protest killing

    A self-described neo-Nazi who killed a woman by ramming his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia last year should spend the rest of his life in prison, a jury said on Tuesday. The Charlottesville, Virginia, jury made that recommendation four days after finding James Fields, 21, guilty of first-degree murder and nine other crimes for killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 people after the "Unite the Right" gathering on Aug. 12, 2017. The trial judge, Richard Moore, said he will decide whether to accept the jury's recommendation at a March 29 hearing.


  • Trump administration official defends tear gas use at Mexico border

    The firing of tear gas canisters by U.S. border agents toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing last month followed regulations, a senior Trump administration official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday. On Nov. 25, U.S. border agents fired tear gas to disperse a group of migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border crossing separating Tijuana from San Diego when some rushed through fencing into the United States. A day after the incident, Mexico's foreign ministry presented a diplomatic note to the U.S. government calling for "a full investigation" into what it described as non-lethal weapons directed toward Mexican territory.


  • Texas ready to execute man convicted of 1993 murder, assault

    Alvin Braziel, 43, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001.


  • Trump administration proposes weakening U.S. waterway protections

    The Trump administration proposed on Tuesday reducing federal protections for U.S. waterways, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists. The Environmental Protection Agency proposal would narrow the extent of protections in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that President Barack Obama's administration expanded in 2015 to cover a wide range of water bodies. President Donald Trump, who has accused Obama of over-reaching on regulations, made rolling back WOTUS one of his top policy priorities.


  • Number of people believed missing in California wildfire drops to three

    The death toll from the so-called Camp Fire, remains at 85, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said. No human remains have been found since early December, but the search will continue, officials said.


  • Thousands without power in U.S. southeast after snow storm

    At least three people had died and thousands of homes were left without power in the Carolinas and Virginia early on Tuesday after a storm dumped up to two feet of snow in parts of the southeastern United States. One person died from a heart condition while en route to a shelter and a terminally ill woman died when her oxygen device stopped working, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's office said in a statement. A motorist also died in southwestern North Carolina on Sunday when a tree fell on the vehicle, police said.


  • U.S. lawmakers agree on Farm Bill, aiming for vote this week

    U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers. The agreement between Republicans and Democrats on the crucial piece of legislation caps a months-long bitter debate, and offers a spot of financial certainty to farmers suffering from the impact of the U.S. trade war with China. Programs covered by the bill include crop subsidies and support to growers seeking access to export markets.


  • U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest

    More than 400 demonstrators, many leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, sought a halt to detention and deportation of migrants and for the United States to welcome the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico in November. Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing T-shirts reading, "Love Knows No Borders." They were handcuffed and led away by federal agents upon entering a restricted area in front of the fence. "As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity...We’re calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants," said Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, which has run a week of actions to back migrants.


Health News

Emergency allergy shots less effective after heat exposure

(Reuters Health) - - The medicine in emergency allergy shots like the EpiPen can deteriorate when exposed to heat, so don't leave them in the car on a hot day, researchers warn.

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11.Dec.2018


McDonald's to curb antibiotic use in beef supply chain

McDonald's Corp on Tuesday released guidelines for suppliers of beef in its top 10 sourcing countries to curb the use of antibiotics as the fast-food giant joins a broad effort to battle dangerous superbugs.

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11.Dec.2018


Hospital discharge during December holidays tied to more readmissions, deaths

(Reuters Health) - - Patients sent home from the hospital around Christmas time are more likely to have bad outcomes compared to those discharged at other times, a Canadian study suggests.

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11.Dec.2018


Olympus unit pleads guilty to resolve U.S. duodenoscope probe

An Olympus Corp subsidiary pleaded guilty on Monday and agreed to pay $85 million to resolve charges that it failed to file reports with U.S. regulators regarding infections connected to its duodenoscopes while continuing to sell the medical devices used to view the gastrointestinal tract.

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10.Dec.2018


U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women's healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump's appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states.

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10.Dec.2018


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Entertainment

Beauty meets despair in racial injustice movie 'Beale Street'

Some films about race in America are angry, many are passionate, or terrifying or heartbreaking, and a few are funny.

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11.Dec.2018


U.S. auctioneer withdraws 'Star Wars' lightsaber on authenticity issue

A California auction house on Monday withdrew from sale a lightsaber described as having been used by Luke Skywalker in the first "Star Wars" movie after fans raised concerns about its authenticity.

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11.Dec.2018


Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' puts new spin on racial injustice

Almost 60 years after it was first published as a book, "To Kill a Mockingbird" opens this week in a first Broadway theater adaptation whose themes of racial injustice are just as relevant today.

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11.Dec.2018


'Bohemian Rhapsody' now most-streamed 20th century song

They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.

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11.Dec.2018


Meghan Markle presents wedding dress designer with fashion award

Meghan Markle presented the designer of her wedding dress with a prize at the Fashion Awards in London on Monday, joining fashionistas at the ceremony where supermodel Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber was also named Model of the Year.

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10.Dec.2018


Box Office: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Narrowly Defeats 'Grinch' in Sleepy Pre-Holiday Weekend

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.

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09.Dec.2018


Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Buckingham says his lawsuit is settled

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates have settled a lawsuit he filed after he was axed from a tour, the musician said in a television interview that aired on Saturday.

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08.Dec.2018


Drake and Lamar lead but women shine through in Grammy nods

Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year's top prizes in the music industry.

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07.Dec.2018


NY judge orders rapper Cardi B to stay away from victims in brawl

A New York judge on Friday ordered rapper Cardi B to have no contact with two bartenders she allegedly attacked in a strip-club brawl, but allowed her to remain free after she skipped a court appearance earlier in the week.

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07.Dec.2018


Factbox: Key nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards

The nominations for the Grammy Awards, the highest awards in the music industry, were announced on Friday.

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07.Dec.2018