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Florida's US Senate race is too close to call


Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum , who is narrowly trailing his GOP rival in the polls after the election, also questioned the basis of Scott's lawsuits on Thursday night. Nelson has not publicly conceded. "I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said . "On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count". Read More »

Michelle Obama slams Trump in new book


Obama says she would "never forgive" Trump for the rumors he spread questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's American birth certificate , which she said threatened her family's safety. A portion of Michelle Obama's book sales will go to charity. "But it was also risky, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks", Michelle wrote. Read More »

Day After Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality is 11 Times the Permissible Limit


People wear pollution masks while bursting firecrackers on Wednesday. Patiala, Khanna and Rupnagar, had recorded 150, 186, and 83 AQI on Diwali day respectively which had gone upto, 264, 208 and 146 on Diwali night. India's Supreme Court last month ruled that only firecrackers that emit less smoke and soot could be sold in the city, in an effort to limit pollution over the festival period. Read More »

Russian Federation brings together India and the Taliban at the negotiating table


Citing anonymous Russian diplomats, AA notes, "The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan , Mr. [Ashraf] Ghani, made a decision to send a delegation of the country's High Peace Council to the meeting". USA officials have held two meetings with the Qatar-based Taliban negotiators since July. Its representatives won't meet directly with the Taliban officials, he said. Read More »

Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package


Few leaders have reclaimed the House speaker's office after losing it and, as the first woman to wield the gavel, Pelosi's ascent would be a milestone. For Trump , "while Tuesday's results may have been bruising, in historical terms they are far from a re-election death sentence", says Politico . Read More »

Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation


The Associated Press reported that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of office Wednesday, based on a letter from Sessions that mentions Trump's request that he resign. 'We have confidence in the Mueller investigation. No one is arguing Trump doesn't have the "power" to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director or direct the Justice Department. Read More »

Mandatory evacuations ordered due to Woolsey Fire

The 101 Freeway is closed in both directions as more than 165 firefighters battle the flames. Video showed some drivers still traveling on the freeway although fire trucks were blocking most of the lanes. "This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it". The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" In Northern California's Butte County, a huge brush fire ... Read More »

WaPo: Michelle Obama says she'll 'never forgive' Trump for endangering her


It was "deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks", Obama said . "What if that person went looking for our girls?", she wrote, according to the Post , which obtained an early copy of the book. Obama launches her promotional tour Tuesday not at a bookstore, but at Chicago's United Center, where tens of thousands of people have purchased tickets - from just under $30 to thousands of dollars - to attend the event moderated by Oprah Winfrey. Read More »

Bound plane with dozens of Canadians on board crashes shortly after takeoff


The pilot reportedly claimed he started to experience technical issues with the hydraulics about 20 minutes into their flight and it forced him to turn around to its departure airport, according to Mr Patterson. Boeing delivered the final 757 in 2005 after more than two decades of production that saw the longest-ever single-aisle airliner become a mainstay of trans-Atlantic routes and cross-continental flights in the U.S. Read More »

Talks on Afghanistan, never said with Taliban, MEA spokesperson clarifies

The talks, known as the "Moscow format" will include a "high-level" delegation from the Taliban as well as a delegation of Afghanistan's "High Peace Council", along with twelve countries, and will mark the first time an Indian delegation has been present at the table in talks with the Taliban representatives based in Doha. Read More »

'Terrorist' on stabbing rampage shot dead in Melbourne


Australian police said one person died at the scene and another two others were being treated for their injuries. "We don't believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident", Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said later Friday. Read More »

Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California


Evacuation orders are in place for the town of Paradise, home to around 26,000 people, as well as Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley areas. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", California fire captain Scott McLean said. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said. Read More »

Man Crashes Car Before Stabbing People in Melbourne; 1 Dead


Witnesses reported a loud explosion from a vehicle on a busy city center street. The attacker has since died from his gun wound while under police guard in hospital. He stabbed three people before being confronted by armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest. One video showed the man repeatedly lunging at police officers with what looked to be a knife. Read More »

Reports of active shooter turn out to be malfunctioning water heater


Collins told Starnewsonline.com that popping noises heard at Topsail High School early Friday were from a "malfunctioning water heater". Brown said he felt the police response was appropriate. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff's Office was quoted as saying in local reports that deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired. Read More »

Thousand Oaks Bar Shooter Ian Long Posted on Instagram During Killings

Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI, told a news conference that it was too early to speculate on the gunman's motives but that he appeared to have acted alone. He also ordered American flags flown at half-staff in honor of the victims. The bar was hosting a "College Country Night" on the night of the shooting and, according to the Times , hundreds of people were in attendance. Read More »

Imelda Marcos arrest warrant issued after failing to appear in court


This was the common sentiment of opposition senators and other officials who lauded the Sandiganbayan's decision sentencing Marcos to a maximum of 77 years in jail for committing seven counts of graft. Pangiliinan said the long road to conviction shows "how long and therefore frustrating the Philippine judicial system is, and especially in relation to how powerful and powerfully entrenched the accused are". Read More »

China doesn't reveal if it offered loans to Pakistan


I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms that we do not have any balance of payments crisis now", said Umar, who accompanied Khan to China. China has invested tens of billions of dollars in Pakistan in recent years as part of its Belt and Road Initiative - which aims to link the economies of Asia, Africa and Europe via huge infrastructural projects. Read More »

Norwegian submarine-hunting frigate rammed by Maltese oil tanker


Although the tanker was undamaged, the £465 million frigate took on large quantities of water and was in danger of sinking when the captain took her into shallower water before running her aground. According to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a 10-cubic metre helicopter fuel tank on the frigate was ruptured. "The frigate moved to an inshore location and was listing heavily at 11:30am, amidst emergency efforts to prevent the vessel from sinking". Read More »

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar


Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI, told a news conference that it was too early to speculate on the gunman's motives but that he appeared to have acted alone. Among the victims was Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus , who was killed after responding to the scene of the attack. Trump ordered US flags to be flown at half-staff at public buildings and grounds. Read More »

Democrats have a plan if Trump fires Mueller in 'Saturday Night Massacre'


Democrats also made significant headway with attorney general positions. "If the Democrats think they are going to waste taxpayer money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of classified information, and much else, at the Senate level", Trump tweeted . Read More »

Hundreds Line Up To Donate Blood For Those Wounded In California Shooting

The bloodshed was the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of mass shootings that are happening with terrifying frequency across the United States. A reporter then pointed to blood on his sleeve, which he said "isn't mine" and came from a man with a chest wound who they helped drag over to paramedics. Read More »

'Will you murder anybody?': Texas judge releases juveniles after election loss


A Texas judge ousted in Tuesday's midterm elections spent Wednesday morning releasing almost all of the juvenile defendants who came before him. Judge Devlin was not at work on Thursday. Devlin was elected to Houston's 313th district court in 2010, according to the court's website . A Chronicle investigation found that Devlin and another judge were responsible for more than one-fifth of children sent to the state's juvenile prisons past year. Read More »

New Fast-Track Measures to Deny Asylum to Illegal Immigrants


Trump plans to issue the proclamation on Friday, an administration official who asked not to be identified told reporters in a briefing. The American Civil Liberties Union said that right of asylum must be granted to anyone entering the country, regardless of where they were. Read More »

This news anchor is actually an AI-powered robot


At first glance, the "anchor" appears to be an ordinary looking man, with the voice, facial expressions and movements of a real person. Xinhua's first English AI anchor introduces himself as what he is and what his capabilities are. A more immediately worrying aspect is that virtual news readers could be yet another step down the route of delivering fake news and propaganda. I prefer real human presenters, ' another said. Read More »

These Are the Victims in the Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting


Each moment was captured by TV cameras and broadcast live on cable networks as Americans grappled with another mass shooting. Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was on the dance floor with her friends nearby when she saw the gunman shooting and heard screams to "get down". Read More »

Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise


Hospital officials have not returned calls from The Associated Press about the evacuation. Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California. 'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said. Multiple motorists have abandoned their vehicles. Read More »

Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions


The marches formed a day after Trump fired Sessions, who had recused himself of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government agents. Sessions felt that Mueller's investigation had gone on too long, but also believed it was important that he stay in the attorney general job as a means of protecting the special counsel's work so that, when it was concluded, the public would have confidence it had not been manipulated, according to a person ... Read More »

White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta


Shapiro says that when Acosta's hand touches the intern's arm as she reaches for his microphone, the action speeds up in the apparently altered video to accentuate his movement. Joy Behar said she seconded a theory saying Trump set up the altercation to distract from more pressing matters, like the co-called caravan and Democrats taking over the House of Representatives. Read More »

Sheriff Vet Killed Responding to Calif Shooting - Police Depts Pay Tribute


He said Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus , a 29-year veteran of the department, later died after being taken to a hospital. The gunman also died at the scene, though it was not immediately clear how. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. In yet another odd coincidence, one of the victims to be named in the Vegas shooting was Susan Smith from Simi Valley which is only miles from the site of the ... Read More »

Trump firing Sessions is a 'break the glass moment — Richard Blumenthal


Chris Christie, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi , who is leaving due to term limits, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Lamar Alexander, Republican senator for Tennessee, also issued a warning from the Republican side, saying that the Senate will not confirm a successor to Sessions who would stop the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general


Mueller's team and Democrats in Congress can fight back. He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe. Trump's relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first USA senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact his crime-fighting agenda and priorities, particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies, largely mirrored the president's. Read More »