Daily Archives: December 14, 2016

Syria rebels, civilians to start leaving Aleppo within hours

The media arm of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group says overnight negotiations have reinforced a cease-fire deal to allow Syrian rebels and tens of thousands of civilians to leave the besieged eastern city of Aleppo. Continue reading

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Russian leader Putin heading to Japan for territorial talks

Vladimir Putin’s first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea is starting in somewhat customary fashion: He is arriving late. Continue reading

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Revolutionary Guard faces new foe in Iran’s opening economy

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard faces a new enemy: the gradual opening of the country’s economy after the nuclear deal with world powers. Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, rape accuser settle civil lawsuit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him. Continue reading

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Colorado school district decides to allow teachers to arm themselves on campus

A rural Colorado school district decided Wednesday night to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students. Continue reading

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Rubber farmer shot dead in Muslim-majority Thai south

Police say a rubber farmer has been shot dead in the southern Thai province of Sonkhla, in the latest attack in a region that has been in the grip of an ethnic Malay Muslim insurgency for over a decade. Continue reading

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Spark causes fire at New York City hospital building under construction

Officials say a fire at a New York City hospital building under construction was caused by a spark from metal being cut. Continue reading

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Rebels kill 2 Indian policemen near border with Myanmar

Police say heavily armed rebels have killed two Indian police officers in an ambush on a highway they were guarding hours before the visit of the top elected official of an insurgency-wracked northeastern state. Continue reading

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Burger robots: Labor nod revives image but reality’s complex

It’s a scenario often invoked by critics of minimum wage increases: Fast-food workers replaced with burger-flipping robots. Continue reading

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For Guantanamo prisoners, questions loom as Trump era begins

As journalists passed along a darkened corridor at the Guantanamo Bay lockup, a detainee displayed a hand-painted sign through the one-way glass of his cellblock: A white question mark against a blue background, the dot in the shape of a padlock. Continue reading

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Weekends at last: Taiwan workers to get 2 days off a week

Since Taiwan industrialized in the 1960s, its workers have strived to do whatever their employers asked, including putting in free overtime, out of fear of being replaced. Continue reading

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US report says China adds weapons to South China Sea islands

A U.S. think tank says recent images appear to show that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the South China Sea. Continue reading

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Russian leader Putin, due for talks in Japan, is late again

Vladimir Putin is living up to a reputation for being late. Continue reading

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Indonesia minister says government not swayed by radicals

A senior Indonesian cabinet minister says the government is not losing the fight against radicalism despite the success of hardline Islamic groups in attracting hundreds of thousands of people to protests against the capital’s Christian governor. Continue reading

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Amber Heard set to return to Australia to star in Aquaman

U.S. actress Amber Heard appears set to return to Australia’s Gold Coast to star in the movie “Aquaman” a year after she was convicted in the same tourist town of smuggling her pet Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into the country. Continue reading

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Jury decides shooting of Mexican man by police justified

The jury in a coroner’s inquest ruled Wednesday that three police officers were justified in the shooting death of a Mexican man in 2015 that sparked protests in the agricultural community. Continue reading

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Attorneys want charges against Minnesota officer dismissed

Attorneys for a Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July are asking that charges against him be dismissed, saying Castile was negligent in his own death and claiming he was high on marijuana while driving and d… Continue reading

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Mexican townsfolk release drug boss’ mom

One of the stranger chapters of Mexico’s drug war has had a relative happy ending, with residents of a southern town freeing the mother of a drug gang leader and the criminals releasing a kidnapped engineer. Continue reading

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Winter storm snarls traffic in Oregon, stranding thousands

A rare snow storm brought Oregon’s largest city to a halt, with thousands of vehicles barely able to move on Portland streets and on one of its main highways. Continue reading

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NYPD arrests Muslim girl who claimed attack by Trump supporters

New York City college student Yasmin Seweid who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime by Trump supporters is under arrest and charged with filing a false report, a police source told The New York Daily News. Continue reading

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Northeast awaits bitter cold blanketing the Midwest

As the season’s first bitter cold spell gripped the Upper Midwest on Wednesday, schools and officials farther east braced for the icy blast to spread their way as early as Thursday. Continue reading

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Police: NYC Muslim woman’s bias report is false

A Muslim woman who reported that three men taunted her aboard a New York City subway train, yelling “Donald Trump” and calling her a terrorist, has apparently made it all up. Continue reading

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Live Nativity ends after camel handler charged with cruelty

An eastern Kentucky hospital has canceled its live Nativity display after a camel handler was accused of animal cruelty. Continue reading

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44 Port Authority officers accused of skipping patrols

Dozens of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers have been accused of missing patrols and staying in break rooms while on duty. Continue reading

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DNA discovery reignites long-dormant serial killer case on New York’s Long Island

A new DNA analysis has given more clues to detectives investigating a suspected string of serial killings on Long Island. Continue reading

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Police: Boyfriend cut in birthday fight over hair, nails

Authorities arrested a Florida woman they say cut her boyfriend because he wouldn’t pay for her to have her hair and nails done for her birthday. Continue reading

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Sparks fly on eve of EU summit seeking bloc unity on Brexit

Discord has surfaced on the eve of a European Union summit where 27 of the bloc’s leaders are seeking a united front in exit negotiations with Britain. Continue reading

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Inflatable love doll gift to minister sparks furor in Chile

Chileans are in an uproar over a Cabinet minister being given an inflatable sex doll with a note saying “to stimulate the economy” taped over its mouth. Continue reading

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US citizen surrenders to face cyberattack charges in NYC

A U.S. citizen living in Moscow has been arrested in New York City on charges he stole contact information for over 100 million customers of U.S. financial institutions. Continue reading

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Ex-assistant coach seeks $1.7M in legal fees from Penn State

A former assistant football coach who won verdicts of more than $12 million from Penn State over his treatment after Jerry Sandusky was arrested for child molestation is asking for another $1.7 million in legal fees. Continue reading

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How US Special Ops are helping the Iraqi military battle ISIS

With the over-saturation of media coverage regarding the United States presidential elections, and now the President-elect Trump transition, it is appropriate for OpsLens to re-focus and update its readership regarding American troops deployed to Iraq. Continue reading

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Colorado school district decides whether to arm teachers

A rural Colorado school district is deciding whether to arm its teachers and other school staff to protect its students. Continue reading

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Why it’s better to give than receive

A Christmas tradition spanned four generations — and changed a mom’s life forever. Continue reading

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How prayer can help your career

For many employees, flatlining in one’s career — being kept in the same job too long — can be worse than being fired. Continue reading

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How open-door hospitality changed one mom

A good friend teaches a mother of two to give to others. Continue reading

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Suspended Venezuela tries to crash Mercosur trade bloc talks

Venezuela’s foreign minister threatened to enter Argentina’s foreign ministry through a window if necessary, but she still didn’t get into a meeting of South American countries that suspended her nation from the Mercosur trade bloc. Continue reading

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Comparing the US Federal Reserve’s views on rate hike

A comparison of the Federal Reserve’s statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting Nov. 1-2: RATE HIKE: Now: “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the (Fed) decided to raise the target rang… Continue reading

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Man charged with spraying fire extinguisher at Boyne guard

Authorities say a man ran from a security guard and sprayed a fire extinguisher at him during a major fire at a northern Michigan ski resort. Continue reading

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Facebook friends reach out to homeless vet living in Walmart parking lot

Iraqi war veteran David Brown was a combat soldier with the 82nd Airborne, 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11 Bravo. Continue reading

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Report of terminally ill boy who died in Santa’s arms called into question

It’s the one story everyone wants to be a hoax. A Tennessee newspaper that reported a boy died on Santa’s lap — complete with a heart-wrenching account of his final words — said Wednesday it can no longer vouch for the veracity of the depressingly Di… Continue reading

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Thief dimes out co-workers who stole nickel from steel plant

A nickel here, a nickel there, and pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. Continue reading

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Mass resignations leave Indiana town without any police

It might be a bit easier to avoid a traffic ticket in Bunker Hill, Indiana these days. Continue reading

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Uproar in Chile after economy minister poses with inflatable doll at dinner party

Social media lit up Wednesday after a business leader presented an inflatable doll to Chilean Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes at a formal dinner. Continue reading

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Is a costly UN computer mega-project turning around?

The biggest high-tech fiasco in United Nations history — the creation of a computerized management system known as Umoja — is likely to cost another $104 million beyond its current $439 million budget before it is finished at the end of 2018 — a ful… Continue reading

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Atlanta couple donates entire wedding registry to charity

An Atlanta radio personality is using her wedding to give back to a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. Continue reading

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Fugitive who ran from traffic stop is caught showing signs of hypothermia

A man that ran from a vehicle during a traffic stop by deputies with the Washington County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office had to be rescued by the deputies after he tried hiding in thick brush after wading through a creek. Continue reading

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Judge says Iraqi refugee’s life sentence should stand

A federal judge has denied an Iraqi refugee’s request to have his life sentence on terrorism-related charges vacated. Continue reading

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UN seeks protection for ancient Nimrud site wrecked by IS

The U.N. Continue reading

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Woman rollerblading 600 miles without cash says strangers rallying around her

A woman who wants to show that there is good in the world says strangers from Georgia and Florida are rallying around her to help her complete a 600-mile journey from Savannah to Miami. Continue reading

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Suspended sentence for man accused of assault at Trump rally

A man accused of hitting a protester at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina has received a 30-day suspended sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation. Continue reading

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