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China's December trade with North Korea falls 50 percent

In comments to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he "probaby [has] a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", the North Korean leader. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said. "We will be discussing maritime interdiction", Hook said, raising the idea of an naval embargo to help enforce the already draconian United Nations sanctions on Kim's regime. Read More »

Rex Ryan (Of Course) Thinks Patriots Are On Upset Alert Vs. Titans

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Still, if there is one thing the Patriots have done better than most under Belichick , it is quieting the noise. But Brady says he's never doubted his team's ability to compartmentalize potential distractions. Bill Belichick's team doesn't turn the ball over very often, but the Titans will need to force a few turnovers at key times if they hope to come away with the upset. Read More »

Renacci urged by Trump White House to run for Senate

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Renacci, a Republican from Wadsworth running for governor, has been one of the most discussed names for the Senate race after Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he was dropping out last Friday, shocking OH political observers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke with Vance, according to Politico , and told associates he would prioritize the race if the former venture capitalist jumps in. Read More »

Song of Norway To Trump: Fight Climate Change

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Trump is joining with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at a news conference following their meeting at the White House. "It wasn't a major topic, I must tell you, we talked about other things, including mostly trade", said Trump, who boasted that the United States had a trade surplus with Norway. Read More »

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas gets bail in stalking case

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Despite the growing calls for Subhash Barala's ouster from the party, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar maintained that Haryana's BJP president will not punished for his son's wrongdoing. Her father, Virender Kundu, is a senior officer with the Haryana government. File image of Vikas Barala. Pointing out various technical errors in the call detail records, Varnika had trashed the defence's theory which said there were contradictions in Varnika's statement given to the police. Read More »

'Terrifying': False ballistic missile threat sends Hawaii into panic

But officials minutes later tweeted that it was a false alarm. Thankfully it was a false alarm, with Hawaii Emergency Management Agency soon tweeting to confirm that no missile was heading towards them. A flurry of tweets, often with screenshots of the message, appeared to pop up on cellphones shortly after 8 a.m. local time. The whole state was terrified. Read More »

Immigrati, Trump: ''Basta gente da posti di m...''

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Dai suoi piu' stretti collaboratori invece zero commenti. La Casa Bianca difende Trump sulle intenzioni ma non smentisce le parole che hanno fatto gelare i presenti. "L'anniversario del devastante terremoto di otto anni fa e' un giorno da ricordare come una tragedia e per affermare l'impegno dell'America ad aiutare i paesi vicini". Read More »

China says will continue to bat for Iran nuclear deal

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The 2015 nuclear accord, reached after months of painstaking negotiations with the US, Britain, France , Germany , China and Russian Federation, lifted global sanctions in exchange for Iran limiting its nuclear program. In case the decision is implemented, it will "affect greatly the global situation, the regional affairs, and will affect the system of multilateral agreements and further strengthening of the worldwide regime of non-proliferation", the deputy foreign minister said. Read More »

Gov. Rauner showered, drank water at veterans home plagued by Legionnaires'

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The roughly a dozen Quincy residents (veterans and their spouses) surrounding the governor during his press conference (his first since December 20) frequently applauded; he started the event complimenting "George" on his shirt, saying hello to "Louise" and warning the audience not to play "Henry" in the game "Connect Four". Read More »

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)

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The Associated Press , however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment , arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward". Earlier, the government of Botswana had announced that it had summoned the USA ambassador to explain Trump's comments , reportedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting on immigration. Read More »

A Record Number of House Republicans Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018

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Royce's announcement punctuated an accelerating trend that leaves his party on treacherous footing in its effort to maintain control of Congress. Royce, in a statement released by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, said: "It's truly an honor to represent the people of California's 39th Congressional District ". Read More »

Remembering the Victims of the Montecito Flood

People in Montecito had counted themselves lucky last month after the biggest wildfire in California history spared the town. The Thomas fire forced DeGeneres to evacuate . Up to, Santa Barbara County officials said Thursday after scouring social media accounts and message boards for details on missing persons, according to the Los Angeles Times . Read More »

Trump officials say states can impose Medicaid work requirements

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So are the more than 10 million people on Medicaid because they have a disability. Many patient advocates note that only a fraction of the people covered by Medicaid are of working age, nondisabled and now unemployed. She said she would attempt to get answers from HSD officials, but did not respond before press time . Only 6% of Medicaid recipients not working surveyed said they were unemployed because they could not find a job, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation , a ... Read More »

Ellen Degeneres forced to leave home after mudslides

Hundreds of homes were either damaged or destroyed and several people remain missing. "Auto and pedestrian traffic in the exclusionary zone has reached a point that it is seriously impacting the ability of search and rescue, public works, other first responders and fix crews to clear roadways and to engage in search and rescue, fix and damage-assessment operations", he said. Read More »

Two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli troops

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In addition, six young Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the village of Allaban, southern Nablus, as a journalist was injured by a sound bomb in Al-Khali, or Hebron. Another 16-year-old, Omar Qadous, also died from a gunshot injury Friday during protests near the villages of Iraq Burin and Til. Israeli forces have always been criticized for their use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters who did not pose a grave threat to soldiers at their time of death, and who could ... Read More »

FL: Woman kidnapped, killed in murder-for-hire mistake

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Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said they eventually realized Zengotita-Torres was the wrong woman, but they killed her anyway. "The victim was not the actual target of the murder for hire that was actually killed". The sheriff's office says the "murder-for-hire" became a case of "mistaken identity" and that the victim was not the intended target. He described Zengotita-Torres as a truly innocent victim who had no involvement with the three suspects. Read More »

Tehran vows retaliation over Trump sanctions

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US and other officials have complained that Iran's ballistic-missile program can easily be converted for nuclear use. Trump wants the bans to be permanent. Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. "My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon - not just for 10 years, but forever". Read More »

Here's How Some Places Trump Called "Shitholes" Are Reacting To His Comments

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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the only Democrat at the meeting with Trump, confirmed the vulgar comments, telling reporters the president said "things that were hate-filled, vile and racist". On Friday he denied using that language. "These insulting and reprehensible statements in no way reflect the virtues of wisdom, restraint and discernment that must be cultivated by any high political authority", the statement said, adding that Trump's remark "reflects a totally erroneous and racist view ... Read More »

Donald Trump gives the Iran nuclear deal a "final chance"

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President Donald Trump is about to make a decision on u.s. sanctions against Iran that could put the nuclear deal in question. "I am expecting new sanctions on Iran", Mnuchin told reporters. Trump in October chose not to certify compliance and warned he might ultimately terminate the accord. MARTIN: The deadline for reimposing these sanctions on Iran is tomorrow. Read More »

Kim Jong-un loves tell-all Donald Trump book

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Anastasia Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Global Strike Command, which manages ICBMs and long-range bombers. Indeed, NATO did carry out an exercise for a nuclear exchange - "Able Archer 83" - which included planes taxiing onto runways with realistic dummy nuclear warheads. Read More »

De Minaur books spot in Sydney final

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The 18-year-old is Sydney's youngest finalist since Lleyton Hewitt won in 2000 at the same age, and this latest display showcased a prodigious tenacity and persistence not unlike that of his mentor. Medvedev, the 21-year-old Russian, upset Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-4 6-1 in his semi-final, and recalled playing de Minaur during a sponsor's camp years ago. Read More »

USA welcomes reduced China-N.Korea trade

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China's trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons program. Mr Vorontsov, Head of Department of Korean and Mongolian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, visited North Korea in mid-November past year. A Japanese foreign ministry official, meanwhile, was quoted by Bloomberg News on Wednesday raising questions about the involvement of countries such as Colombia and Greece, which are ... Read More »

Under pressure Bannon steps down from site

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The statement declined to offer a reason for Bannon's departure. Instead, he went on the attack against Bannon, dubbing him " Sloppy Steve " and releasing a statement insisting that " Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency" and that "when he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind". Read More »

Chelsea Manning Files for Maryland US Senate Seat

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President Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence to time served as one of his final acts in office. Manning was released from prison in May. Manning was convicted of leaking classified information and spent more than six years behind bars. Read More »

Republicans, Democrats Bicker Over Budget Due to Tax Cuts, Defense Spending

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Just before Christmas, Donald Trump optimistically predicted that Democrats and Republicans would unite in short order. "People are not going to come back singing the Sound of Music together". If the two sides can't find a compromise, and if Democrats really push the issue, expect a shutdown. But another way to slash the budget deficit is by raising revenues through stronger economic growth, and I predict this week's tax cuts will bring in a great deal more revenue than CBO is ... Read More »

Catholic school founder among mudslides' fatalities in California

Debris and mudflow blocked the railway for the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad through Montecito . In its lobby is a life-sized statue of Chaplin. A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 linking Ventura and Santa Barbara was still covered in heavy debris and not expected to reopen until Monday. Read More »

Iran rejects Trump's call for changes to nuclear deal

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Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending USA legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal. At the same time the USA imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged rights abuses. The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the USA ... Read More »