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Christians mark Christmas with due religious fervour Christians mark Christmas with due religious fervour
- December 26, 2017

Father Prasanna Kumar Pradhan in his message said Christmas celebration symbolises culmination of all ill-feelings towards fellow beings. In Goa, which has around 27 per cent Christian population, the peal of the midnight bells in churches and the carols in praise of Lord Jesus ushered in the Christmas festivities. (more...)
Three escape Christmas Eve house fire in Northwest Knox Three escape Christmas Eve house fire in Northwest Knox
- December 26, 2017

At least four people were home at the time, they all made it safely with no injuries. Fire Marshall, Brad Hall says, people had to jump from top floor windows to escape the smoke and fire, before crews arrived. Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn estimated the damage to be around $150,000. A family of eight will be displaced Sunday afternoon after an electrical fire started in the kitchen. (more...)
Wikileaks boss Julian Assange 'deletes Twitter account on Christmas Day Wikileaks boss Julian Assange 'deletes Twitter account on Christmas Day
- December 26, 2017

Assange's last tweet on December 22 was, "A knowledgeable public, is an empowered public, is a free public". Another account claiming to be Assange's alternate handle said Twitter deleted the official account ahead of a blockbuster story he's preparing to break. (more...)
CHP officer killed in Hayward freeway crash CHP officer killed in Hayward freeway crash
- December 26, 2017

Officer Hannah Walcott said the other officer, Trooper Jonathan Velasquez suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The CHP confirmed Monday morning that an officer had died of his injuries. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement about the loss of the officer. Officer Camilleri is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons along with his parents, brother and sister. (more...)
Jordan Feldstein, manager of Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke, dies at 40 Jordan Feldstein, manager of Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke, dies at 40
- December 26, 2017

The family of the divorced father-of-two told Variety on Saturday that they plan on announcing a charity in the coming weeks where memorial donations can be made in his memory. Jordan's actor brother Jonah Hill has yet to make a comment on the tragedy but the family has asked for privacy at this hard time. The founder and chief executive of Career Artist Management Feldstein managed several bands including Miguel , The B-52s, Elle King and Rick Springfield . (more...)
North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an "act of war"
- December 25, 2017

The latest penalties seek to halt almost 90 percent of the country's refined petroleum imports and limit crude oil supplies to 4 million barrels a year. North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea said those who voted for the sanctions would face Pyongyang's wrath. (more...)
Papa John's Founder Quits After NFL Remarks Papa John's Founder Quits After NFL Remarks
- December 25, 2017

Company shares are down 13 percent since the National Football League announcement was made. He has previously waded into political issues, such as slamming Obamacare. In an interview on Thursday evening, a spokesman for Papa John's did not directly answer whether Mr. Schnatter's comments about the N.F.L. played a role in his decision to step down. (more...)
London Zoo closed 'until further notice' after early morning fire London Zoo closed 'until further notice' after early morning fire
- December 25, 2017

The tweet added that one aardvark had died and that four meerkats were missing. Eight zoo workers were treated for smoke inhalation and shock as they desperately tried to save the animals. London Fire Brigade's Clive Robinson explained: "The fire mainly affected the café and shop". We'd like to reassure you that the fire is now under control. (more...)
TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit
- December 25, 2017

The margin of 35,175 votes between the two candidates took Dhinakaran closer to victory, brightening his prospects of making his debut in the Tamil Nadu assembly. The death of Jayalalithaa was followed by a split in the AIADMK party which she had headed, and her aide V K Sasikala was sent to jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case. (more...)
Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem
- December 25, 2017

In a post on his official Facebook account, Mr Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he made a decision to instruct Guatemala's Foreign Ministry to move the embassy. This despite the United Nations declaring the U.S. action as " null and void " by a margin of 128-9. "We insist on continuing the struggle against the occupation and till we have Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine ". (more...)
Multiple victims reported in twin-engine Florida plane crash Multiple victims reported in twin-engine Florida plane crash
- December 25, 2017

This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve. She was also the mother of an 18-month-old and 3-year-old, Sheriff Judd said. PCSO is continuing to conduct the death investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board with assistance from the FAA is now investigating the cause of the crash. (more...)
Kulbhushan Jadhav's kin to meet him today Kulbhushan Jadhav's kin to meet him today
- December 25, 2017

Jailed former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother will arrive in Islamabad on Monday for a meeting with him, the Pakistan foreign office said amid indications from Islamabad that it is in no hurry to hang the prisoner convicted on charges of "espionage and terrorism". (more...)
Bihar fodder scam: Tejashwi alleges 'conspiracy' against Lalu Prasad Yadav Bihar fodder scam: Tejashwi alleges 'conspiracy' against Lalu Prasad Yadav
- December 24, 2017

Another former chief minister of Bihar , Jagannath Mishra was acquitted in the case. CBI judge Shivapal Singh pronounced the verdict in court. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed to their crime and were convicted in 2006-07, said a media report quoting a CBI official. (more...)
UPS Looks to Tesla to Meet Emissions Goal UPS Looks to Tesla to Meet Emissions Goal
- December 24, 2017

The autonomous features that will be incorporated into the Tesla semi could also help improve route safety and improve delivery times. The order comes from the company operating one of the largest private alternative-fuel fleets in the U.S., Kallanish Energy learns. (more...)
Stunning SpaceX Rocket Launch as Seen From Around Southern California Stunning SpaceX Rocket Launch as Seen From Around Southern California
- December 24, 2017

SpaceX blasted off a reused Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites into orbit, its fourth launch towards a US$3 billion (S$4 billion) upgrade to Virginia-based Iridium's mobile, voice and data network. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed the flash of light was from the rocket launch, as SpaceX has the event livestream on Facebook . According to SpaceX, the satellite array will offer a "next-generation communications platform" known as Certus. (more...)
Trump wins at least one wall battle Trump wins at least one wall battle
- December 24, 2017

Clare County Council in Ireland has officially permitted Trump to build the wall around the first, ninth and 18th holes of the golf course covering about 1968 feet at the south end and 820 feet at the north end of Doughmore Bay. "Building a barrier in the middle of the beach is going to change the whole way the dune system works", Ryan said in a statement . The new plan provides for a less visible sheet metal piling and rock armor at two points above the high water mark. (more...)
State's jobless rate 4.5% State's jobless rate 4.5%
- December 24, 2017

The state and local unemployment rates continued to be well below the national unemployment rate, which was 4.1 percent in November. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and any reading below 300,000 is low by historical standards. Since September, the number of people unemployed in the First State has fallen by 12 hundred - but the number jobs statewide has also dropped by 900. (more...)
27 killed after bus falls into river in Rajasthan 27 killed after bus falls into river in Rajasthan
- December 24, 2017

Modi said on his Twitter account . More than 111,000 thousand people die in road accidents each year in India , the highest toll in the world. The bus had picked up passengers from the Sawai Madhopur railroad station. A bus in India has plunged into a river, killing at least 33 people. "Their post-mortem was conducted and the bodies were handed over to respective families". (more...)
Interpreter at No 10 'was a Russian spy' Interpreter at No 10 'was a Russian spy'
- December 23, 2017

The Security Service of Ukraine had detained the official, named in reports as Stanislav Yezhov, for acting "in the interests" of the "aggressor" after being recruited by Russian intelligence agencies. A press release from the SBU did not name Yezhov as the suspect arrested but said it had detained a Ukrainian official secretly working for the Russian government. (more...)
Air tests positive for alcohol after police shutdown frat party Air tests positive for alcohol after police shutdown frat party
- December 23, 2017

Neighbors called the cops to complain about the loud music pouring from the house. That's what police say happened to some Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers from American University , according to ABC6. Police observed insulation and trash bags on the windows. The basement floor was sticky, coated with alcohol. The six tenants, all 20 years old and students at American University, face 126 criminal accusations, including underage possession of alcohol and providing alcohol to minors. (more...)
Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts
- December 23, 2017

However, police say 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron won't be filling stockings with holiday cheer this year. The couple, from northern California, told authorities they were en route to Vermont, and that "the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Sheriff's Lt. (more...)
Snow forecast upped for tonight, tomorrow
- December 22, 2017

Rain or drizzle will be off and on for much of the day. After that true Arctic air will descend upon the Great Lakes including WNY bringing frigid temperatures and lake effect snows mainly east and southeast of the lakes Tuesday through the rest of the week. (more...)
President Trump commutes sentence of Iowa meatpacking executive President Trump commutes sentence of Iowa meatpacking executive
- December 22, 2017

Sholom Rubashkin ran the Iowa headquarters of Agriprocessors, the country's largest kosher meat-processing company; in 2009 he was convicted for submitting fake invoices as he sought to loan money from a bank. Trump's decision came after a review of Rubashkin's case and "expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community", the White House said in a statement . (more...)
Quake of 5.2 magnitude in southeastern Iran injures at least 23 Quake of 5.2 magnitude in southeastern Iran injures at least 23
- December 22, 2017

The epicenter of the tremor was 3 kilometers from Malard, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital. The quake was felt in the capital as well as Alborz, Qazvin, Ghilan and Qom provinces. Iran sits atop several fault lines, and yesterday's quake is the latest in a series to have hit the country in little more than a week. In November, a 7.2 magnitude quake hit western Iran, killing more than 600 people. (more...)
Mike Pence Delaying Trip to Middle East Because of Tax Vote Mike Pence Delaying Trip to Middle East Because of Tax Vote
- December 21, 2017

The schedule shift follows President Donald Trump's December 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital that prompted Palestinian officials and leading Muslim and Christian clerics in Egypt to refuse to meet with Pence, forcing him to adjust his schedule. (more...)
Some key quotes after ethics watchdog's ruling that Trudeau broke conflict rules Some key quotes after ethics watchdog's ruling that Trudeau broke conflict rules
- December 21, 2017

There is an exception in the act for gifts or "other advantages" from friends or relatives, but Dawson ruled it didn't apply because "Trudeau and the Aga Khan can not be characterized as friends". It is important that as we move forward, we learn from this mistake. "Mr. Trudeau's relationship with the Aga Khan was based on a family connection rooted in a friendship between the Aga Khan and Mr. (more...)
One vote ends GOP majority in Va. state house One vote ends GOP majority in Va. state house
- December 21, 2017

After an election recount that appears to give them a tying vote in their chamber, Virginia House Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to select a would-be speaker. Shelly Simonds beat three-term incumbent Republican Del. Manoli Loupassi on Election Day Nov. 7. The recounted votes still must be certified by a court on Wednesday. (more...)
Trump rips WaPo report on Gorsuch as 'fake news' Trump rips WaPo report on Gorsuch as 'fake news'
- December 20, 2017

For instance, no one gave Trump credit for opting not to withdraw his Supreme Court pick's nomination after the judge mildly criticized his attacks on the judiciary. He's new to government, and so he probably wasn't steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Justice Department], FBI and White House. (more...)
Thomas Fire now third-most destructive in state history
- December 19, 2017

There are now 8,452 personnel battling the blaze, which is expected to be contained by January 7. The National Weather Service forecasts moderate to strong sundowner winds during that period, with winds ranging from 15 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 60 miles per hour, along with low relative humidity. (more...)
Former US Ambassador to Russia 'Shocked' by Trump's Phone Call to Putin Former US Ambassador to Russia 'Shocked' by Trump's Phone Call to Putin
- December 18, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at an end-of-the-year press conference in Moscow on Thursday that the sweeping investigation into possible collusion between his government and the Trump campaign is a "delirium" cooked up by Trump's critics. (more...)
Exit poll results give Sensex a 358-point lift Exit poll results give Sensex a 358-point lift
- December 18, 2017

Singh said he visited every nook and corner of the state during the election campaign and has no doubt the Congress was in a strong position."The Congress would certainly for the government". Since BJP was ruling the nation, adequate funds would flow to the state for the development and other related fields. Gujarat recorded an average 68.41% polling in the two-phase assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) said on Friday. (more...)
Mnuchin says he has no reason to think Trump will fire Mueller Mnuchin says he has no reason to think Trump will fire Mueller
- December 18, 2017

Langhofer claimed that Lenny Loewentritt , deputy counsel for the GSA, was present for Beckler's conversations with the Trump transition's legal representation, and accused Loewentritt of "working with" the GSA staffers who gave Mueller the materials. (more...)
SNL Presents 'A Special Christmas Message from the White House' SNL Presents 'A Special Christmas Message from the White House'
- December 18, 2017

Bryant's White House press secretary said she picked them because they were the "mangled corpses" she had to step over to get her job. Sessions' ornament was Robert Mueller's face because "he's next", he said. "Nobody kicks Omarosa out the White House". "He's packing a go bag before the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrives", she said. "I'll always love you, Don Don". (more...)
Putin thanked Trump for intelligence that prevented terror attack Putin thanked Trump for intelligence that prevented terror attack
- December 18, 2017

According to Russian media, Putin also reassured Trump that Russia's intelligence service would transmit any information pertaining to the attacks on the U.S. The conversation is the second phone call between the two leaders since Thursday. The suspect was later shown confessing that he was told to make homemade bombs filled with shrapnel. (more...)
Woman mauled to death by own dogs Woman mauled to death by own dogs
- December 18, 2017

Cops said the 22-year-old suffered horrendous head and throat injuries in the attack that happened in the U.S. state of Virginia. "It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims' dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dogs", James Agnew, the local sheriff in Goochland County, told Fox2. (more...)
Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea
- December 17, 2017

North Korea accused the US of being "terrified" of the alleged impending completion of its nuclear arsenal in a rare appearance at the UN Security Council on Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres warned the council. This AFP photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at a forum at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington on December 12, 2017. (more...)
5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia: USGS 5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia: USGS
- December 17, 2017

A strong quake hit off the southern coast of Indonesia's Java Island just before midnight Friday, forcing the country's Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics issued a tsunami warning. The quake struck at 11:47pm (local time) and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometres away in the capital Jakarta , where office towers and apartment buildings swayed. (more...)
"Sheep" in Nativity scene steals Baby Jesus in cute Christmas play
- December 17, 2017

Benson wrote, "My little sheep took the baby Jesus, breaking all the rules leaving poor little Mary no choice but to take action!" "When I went up to take Teegan's hand and walk her off the stage, the little girl playing Mary said, 'She touched the baby Jesus!" "Actually everything on my Facebook has been really private, and it was private, and then a lady asked if she could share it", Benson said. (more...)
Net neutrality repeal: 5 things to know Net neutrality repeal: 5 things to know
- December 17, 2017

Vinh said internet providers "will now have even greater power to shape the online experiences of internet users, at the expense of consumers and small companies". And restoring a favorable climate for network investment is key to closing the digital divide, spurring competition and innovation that benefits consumers. (more...)
Sonia Gandhi says 'time to retire'; 'not from politics,' clarifies Congress Sonia Gandhi says 'time to retire'; 'not from politics,' clarifies Congress
- December 16, 2017

However, the certificate of victory is yet to be formally handed over to him, he was stationed in Gujarat for the last phase of campaigning. But in the meantime Sonia Gandhi gave a big statement. Veteran Congress leader and out-going president Sonia Gandhi will also continue to provide guidance to the party. Rahul will the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the Congress. (more...)
93-Year-Old Woman Evicted, Arrested for Not Leaving Home 93-Year-Old Woman Evicted, Arrested for Not Leaving Home
- December 16, 2017

According to a police report seen by the station, Ms Fitzgerald told officers: " Unless you carry me out of here, I'm not going anywhere ". When the agents tried to get the woman out of the building , she intentionally slid off the chair to fall on the ground and resisted when the agents tried to pick her up. (more...)
Menorah lightings mark beginning of Hanukkah Menorah lightings mark beginning of Hanukkah
- December 15, 2017

Tradition holds that when the Maccabees restored the temple in Jerusalem, they were saddened to see there was only enough ritual olive oil left to burn for a day, but it burned for eight days, the amount of time it took them to prepare a new batch of oil. (more...)
Weather Statement: Light Snow Overnight continuing into Thursday morning commute Weather Statement: Light Snow Overnight continuing into Thursday morning commute
- December 15, 2017

Little or no snow accumulation expected. Snow showers are expected to arrive around 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday , we keep a chance at rain and snow showers with highs in the low to mid 30s. AccuWeather forecasts 1 to 3 inches of snow for the State College area, with a 15 percent possibility of up to 6 inches and a 22 percent possibility of less than 1 inch. (more...)
Estranged husband kills wife, self on Penn State satellite campus Estranged husband kills wife, self on Penn State satellite campus
- December 14, 2017

The Penn State Beaver campus in Monaca was placed on lockdown after the man shot his ex near her vehicle just before 4 p.m., State Troopers told KDKA . The shooting happened in a parking lot. "Our entire Penn State community is profoundly saddened by the tragedy at the Beaver campus". WKBN is monitoring this story for the latest developments. (more...)
Schoolboy Injured After Window Falls Off US Military Helicopter Schoolboy Injured After Window Falls Off US Military Helicopter
- December 14, 2017

At 10:09 am today, a CH-53E window fell onto the sports field of Daini Futenma Elementary School outside of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The latest incidents are likely to further fuel opposition to the US military presence on Okinawa, where about half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan are stationed and where local residents have expressed concerns about military crime and safety. (more...)
NYC Bomber a Beneficiary of Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Program NYC Bomber a Beneficiary of Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Program
- December 14, 2017

In November, the State Department released data revealing that since 2007, the visa lottery has been responsible for the U.S. admitting almost 30,000 foreign nationals from the terror-sponsoring nations of Sudan, Syria, and Iran. Dhingra says that immigrants can bring their extended family to the USA to help get small businesses off the ground, providing them with jobs while saving on labor expenses. (more...)
Geminid meteor shower to appear in a sky near you Geminid meteor shower to appear in a sky near you
- December 14, 2017

But a full moon could outshine the celestial show this time around. Wednesday and Thursday night, the universe will put on a light show that you don't want to miss - it is the annual Geminid meteor shower . According to Sky and Telescope , the Geminids are only behind August's Perseids when it comes to fireballs. The meteors are usually bright and easy to spot, so you won't need telescopes or binoculars to witness the show . (more...)
Israel hits Gaza after rocket fire; 3 injured Israel hits Gaza after rocket fire; 3 injured
- December 14, 2017

Undercover Israeli border police arrested three Palestinian protesters on Wednesday during what the military said was a violent disturbance between Ramallah and the Israeli settlement of Beit El. Later Tuesday night, a "projectile" was sacked from Gaza towards southern Israel, the army said in a statement, without further details. In late October, Israel blew up one of its tunnels stretching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, killing at least 12 militants. (more...)
Giroud earns Arsenal a point in draw at Southampton Giroud earns Arsenal a point in draw at Southampton
- December 13, 2017

It's all a big contrast to sumo wrestling, the sport Wenger grew to appreciate from his time as a manager in Japan before he came to London in 1996. However, competition for a place in the Didier Deschamps' squad is fierce and the manager has already stated that Giroud would need to be getting more minutes than he now is if he was to be selected. (more...)
As Trump's accusers step up, Democrats call on him to resign As Trump's accusers step up, Democrats call on him to resign
- December 13, 2017

Just hours later, at a press conference at the Lexington Hotel in New York, Holvey said that lawmakers should extend the same scrutiny to Trump they did to Al Franken, the Minnesota senator who faced an ethics investigation before he resigned his seat over claims of unwanted kissing and groping. (more...)