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Ed Sheeran Is Christmas Number One

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Music Week's Artist Of The Year was named the official Christmas No.1 with sales of 85,000 for ideal - 45,000 of those from downloads and the remainder based on six million streams. Wham's "Last Christmas" follows at #3, while Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" claims #4. Big Shaq's Man's Not Hot managed to boost sales and its chart position, moving 8-6, in a big chart week. Read More »

U.S. recognizes disputed Honduras election results

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The Organization of American States, which monitored the election, said it was so flawed that only a new round of voting could establish a "fair and transparent" outcome. The crisis arose over the claims of fraud by Nasralla, which on November 29 led to violent demonstrations, including significant vandalism, that resulted in 20 deaths and heavy material and economic losses. Read More »

The Hype Behind Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)

Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX) rating on Friday, December 15. Among 21 analysts covering Ecolab ( NYSE:ECL ), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. The stock of W.W. 810.94 million shares or 0.66% less from 816.36 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kings Point Capital Management now owns 687 shares of the healthcare conglomerate's stock valued at $113,000 after acquiring an additional 150 shares during the period. Read More »

Devils top Rangers: 8 observations | Brian Boyle keeps producing; Strong play rewarded

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Lundqvist knew above everything else these types of performances will get them buried in the Metropolitan Division faster than, well, a Brian Boyle wrist shot. a team with a winning record and over is 4-0 in Devils last 4 home games. "Last year is in the past, but it's not like we don't remember", said Taylor Hall, New Jersey's top scorer this season with 31 points. Read More »

$0.67 EPS Expected for Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG)

About 4.10M shares traded. Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPTH) has declined 82.37% since December 22, 2016 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 19.67% the S&P500. PPL price is down almost -28.89% from its 52-week high price of $40.2 a share but is up about -1.09% from its 52-week low price of $31.53 a share. At recent closing price of $42.6, CFG has a chance to give up $-1.17 or -2.75% in 52 weeks, based on mean target price ($41.43) placed by analysts.The analyst consensus opinion ... Read More »

U.S. court rejects Trump's bid to stop transgender military enlistment

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal appeals court in Virginia on Thursday denied a Trump administration request to delay a requirement that it begin allowing transgender people to enlist in the military on January 1. The official signaled that the administration was returning to the military's pre-2016 policy under which no transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly in the armed forces, but said Trump was giving the secretaries of defense and homeland security leeway to determine the ... Read More »

Steve Bannon Blames "Javanka" For Every Bad Decision Trump Has Made

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A blowhard. And in fact, at one point in the piece Sherman calls him just that. Bannon has not hidden his contempt for Kushner. On election night, all three of them disagreed on the content of Trump's victory speech, with Bannon keen for the victor to keep up his combative language, while Kushner and Ivanka preferred a speech that called for unity. Read More »

Philippine rebels declare own Christmas truce

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed the President's directive on December 20, followed by the Defense Department the next day. The Communist Party of the Philippines on Wednesday called on its armed guerrilla wing, the New People's Army, to launch more offensives but did not indicate whether it would call for a holiday cease-fire. Read More »

Property tax prepayment? Here are the answers | Biz Brain

If President Trump signs the bill as expected, changes are on the way. One of the new provisions will allow households to deduct no more than $10,000 in combined state income taxes and property taxes on their federal tax returns, a cap that will likely hit high-tax states like NY harder than others. Read More »

Despite Trump's Efforts To Undermine Obamacare, Nearly 9 Million Signed Up

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Roughly 8.8 million selected coverage on Obamacare's main portal during the 2018 enrollment period that ended last Friday, a slight decline from the prior year, the Trump administration said. For weeks, consumers have been confused about whether they would be subject to penalties for going without insurance. Sign-ups for those states could rise, since a deadline extension is available for people in hurricane-affected areas. Read More »

Coroner: Vegas gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Stephen Paddock's demise was ruled a suicide, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg disclosed to The Associated Press. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Many have hoped that his autopsy would help provide a motive or some answers in the mysterious tragedy. A month into the investigation, Aaron Rouse, FBI Las Vegas' special agent in charge, maintained that there was "absolutely" no indication Paddock was ... Read More »

GOP Tax Bill Is the Wrong Use for $1.5 Trillion New Debt

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Under the finalized bill , families can deduct up to a total of $10,000 in local property and state and local income taxes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver for American families by reducing the rates of the individual tax brackets and almost doubling the standard deduction while keeping in place the most important deductions; for example, education tuition waivers will remain tax-exempt. Read More »

Year-old killed by deputy's stray bullet in Texas

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The boy was inside the home. Salazar said the woman had indicated to officers that she was armed and said "I'm going to shoot you", before running away. As officers approached the woman on the porch of the boy's home, the sheriff said she made them fear for their lives. The woman, sought for offenses including vehicle theft who was being chased by Bexar County deputies, was attempting to break in to the trailer Thursday afternoon when the shooting happened, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. Read More »

North Korea reportedly testing anthrax-loaded ICBMs

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Washington hopes that it would show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the US determination to halt further nuclear development and trigger negotiations with Pyongyang. The council imposed an annual cap of two million barrels in September, and the new resolution calls for a further reduction to 500-thousand barrels for next year. Read More »

Sbanda e si schianta contro i cassonetti: morto 54enne

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Martedì 19 dicembre è morto in un incidente stradale Claudio Rapisarda di 18 anni. Sarà celebrato domani mattina, nella chiesa di San Giacomo di Corte, a Santa Margherita, il funerale di Vincenzo Anselmi, l'uomo rimasto vittima del terribile incidente di sabato scorso al largo del porto di Lavagna. Read More »

U.S. planning to separate families of undocumented migrants

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has previously considered some of these proposals, but there is renewed urgency within the administration to address an abrupt reversal of what had been a sharp decline in illegal immigration since Trump took office in January. Read More »

Trump's ambassador to Netherlands in 'fake news' blunder

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He served as a GOP House Representative for MI from 1993 until 2011. "And yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands", Hoekstra said two years ago. Hoekstra then denied having ever made such comments. After playing the clip, Zwart confronted Hoekstra with his falsehoods. "No", Hoekstra responds. "I don't think I did." he adds, with a slight hint of self-doubt. Read More »

USA imposes sanctions on Myanmar general, others

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Kyaw Min, chairman of the Democracy and Human Rights Rohingya party, said the USA appeared to be careful in not imposing general sanctions against Myanmar, which could affect the relationship between Suu Kyi's government and the military. "The key thing is for the country's leaders, such as government and the military, to have a willingness to tackle the Rohingya issue", Kyaw Min told ucanews.com. Read More »

UN Security Council to vote on new North Korea sanctions

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The last sanctions resolution was adopted September 11 in response to North Korea's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion eight days earlier. It would ban exports to North Korea of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals. Read More »

Elderly couple said 60 pounds of pot were Christmas gifts

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The York County Sheriff's Department said it discovered 60 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop, and the elderly couple carrying it told deputies it was for Christmas gifts. The couple said they were heading to Vermont. In California, it is legal to possess up to 28 1/2 grams of marijuana for recreational use. The deputies launched a search that turned up almost 60 pounds of marijuana, stored in boxes inside the car's pickup topper, with a street value of around $336,000. Read More »

President Trump signs bill to keep government running

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Unlike the tax bill that Republicans passed through Congress this week, any infrastructure package would require 60 votes to clear the Senate, meaning the White House will need Democratic support. A new CNN poll showed that the party was leading by 18 points over the GOP, and several others, including a Fox News poll, have shown double-digit leads. Read More »

Two in Five Americans Favor Trump Impeachment Hearings

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CNN's poll contacted 1,001 participants, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%. 'And we'll keep you guys posted on that once that's finalised'. Just 34 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of the GOP, while 59 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of the party. And on that change voters were seeking in 2016, most say Trump did bring it: 77% say his presidency has created significant changes in the country, but more say they're for the worse (43%) than for the better (30%). Read More »

China Boundary talks on December 22

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During the meet both New Delhi and Beijing agreed that early settlement of boundary question serves the fundamental interests of both the countries, the Ministry of External Affairs informed. Wang in his meeting with Indian counterpart also touched about the Doklam issue, Hua said. The two sides so far held 19 rounds of special representatives talks to resolve the dispute. Read More »

Israel rejects Jerusalem vote at United Nations 'house of lies', says Netanyahu

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The UN General Assembly is set to meet on Thursday for an emergency discussion on the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that the USA and Israel were making "immense efforts" to block the resolution. "It won't be forgotten", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the vote. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi to chair first CWC meet as Congress chief today

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Sonia Gandhi , Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh during the CWC meeting at AICC in Delhi. Acquittal of all including A. Raja and Kanimozhi, accused in the 2g scam, giving a "moral high ground" to the Congress, on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi is all set to chair a meeting of the Congress working committee(CWC) on Friday, his first as the party president. Read More »

Maxine Waters Rips Republican Efforts to Undermine the Mueller Investigation

Maxine Waters, D-California, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, argued Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election should be allowed to continue. "For five months or more , the White House has persistently and emphatically stated there is no consideration of firing the special counsel, and the White House willingly affirms yet again, as it has every day this week, there is no consideration being given to the termination of the special ... Read More »

Salah: I'm sure Liverpool will win a trophy this season

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Rushden said: "Mo Salah is a good attacking player isn't he?" The Egypt global is the first player to reach that landmark for Liverpool since Luis Suarez in 2013-14, when they went agonisingly close to denying Manchester City the Premier League title. Read More »