Daily Archives: December 30, 2016

Taiwan leader urges China for ‘calm’ talks as pressure grows

Taiwan’s president has urged China to engage in “calm and rational” dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing’s recent moves to “threaten and intimidate” the self-ruled island. Continue reading

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18 people stuck on California amusement ride

Firefighters were slowly lowering 18 people from an amusement park ride stuck 100 feet in the air for more than five hours Friday night at Southern California’s Knott’s Berry Farm, officials said. Continue reading

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Thick fog shrouds Dubai ahead of New Year’s Eve fireworks

A thick fog has shrouded downtown Dubai ahead of a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the world’s tallest building. Continue reading

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UN Security Council to vote on Syria cease-fire agreement

The U.N. Continue reading

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Ban Ki-moon buoyed by climate accord but laments conflicts

Ban Ki-moon ends 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the “fires still burning” from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat climate change and new U.N. Continue reading

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List: Ban ‘echo chamber,’ ‘post-truth,’ ‘bigly’ and ‘dadbod’

You, sir, (or ma’am): Focus, if you will, on a historic, on fleek listicle containing words nominated for bigly banishment. Continue reading

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State trooper shot dead in remote area; manhunt for killer

A Pennsylvania state trooper has been fatally shot. Continue reading

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US university’s 42nd list of words it would like to banish

Lake Superior State University’s 42nd annual list of words nominated for banishment by members of the public: — Bête noire — Bigly — Dadbod — Disruption — Echo chamber — 831 — Focus — Frankenfruit — Get your dandruff up — Ghost — Guesstimate — Historic — Listicle — Manicured — On fleek — Post-truth — Selfie drone — Town hall meeting — You, sir Continue reading

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Manhunt underway for suspect in shooting death of Pennsylvania state trooper

Police are searching for a suspect after a Pennsylvania state trooper was shot and killed on Friday. Continue reading

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Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault

Impeached President Park Geun-hye’s surname is “Park,” right? Nope. Continue reading

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S. Koreans demand president’s removal on New Year’s Eve

Even on New Year’s Eve, large crowds of South Koreans were expected to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who’s determined to restore her powers through a court trial. Continue reading

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60 injured in crowd crush at Australian music festival

Sixty people were injured at an Australian music festival in the crush of a crowd trying to leave a performance, police said Saturday. Continue reading

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The Latest: Volcano in Alaska Aleutian islands settling down

The Latest on the eruption of a volcano in Alaska (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Continue reading

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Merkel tells Germans their country is stronger than terror

Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling Germans in her New Year message that their country is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure “security in freedom.” Merkel said in her annual televised address being broadcast Saturda… Continue reading

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The Latest: Sen. Reid backs Mormon choir singer who quit

The Latest on a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who resigned over the choir’s upcoming performance at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Continue reading

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Donations for 3 starved children pour into welfare agency

Officials in Pennsylvania say they’ve been overwhelmed with donations for three children who police say were starved and locked inside a room like caged animals. Continue reading

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Rio cop reportedly confesses to love triangle killing of Greek ambassador to Brazil

A Rio de Janeiro police officer has admitted killing Greece’s ambassador to Brazil possibly at the behest of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife with whom he was having an affair, Reuters reported Friday, citing a Brazilian TV station. Continue reading

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Connecticut’s top court reinstates Kennedy cousin murder conviction

Connecticut’s highest court has reinstated murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. Continue reading

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Mexican charged with rape in Kansas had 19 deportations, removals

A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003, records obtained by The Associated Press show. Continue reading

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Man charged with false unemployment claims in 3 states

A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to students to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers. Continue reading

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Wreckage of small plane found in Washington woods; 4 killed

Authorities say four people died in a small plane crash Thursday night in Jefferson County, Wash. Continue reading

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Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday. Continue reading

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

Ban Ki-moon has joked to hundreds of diplomats and U.N. Continue reading

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Aleppo’s orphans replay their trauma with war games in the rubble

Since the fall of Aleppo to Syrian government forces last week, the outskirts of the battered city have become a mass of displacement camps where tiny children don’t play hide and seek — they play hide and shoot. Continue reading

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Loose bulls charging through Arizona neighborhood caught on video

A FOX 10 viewer captured video of three bulls on the loose in one Phoenix-area neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Continue reading

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Partiers ring in the new year with giant bear costumes

People in the streets of a central Romanian town performed a traditional New Year’s bear dance on Friday. Continue reading

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Feds: Jury should hear UN bribe suspect being called ‘boss’

Federal prosecutors want jurors to hear evidence they say shows a man at the center of a United Nations bribery case was referred to as the “boss” by co-conspirators. Continue reading

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Prospective buyer discovers rotting body in Detroit home for sale

Police say a prospective home buyer made a gruesome discovery Thursday afternoon when a mummified and badly decomposed body was found inside a car in the home. Continue reading

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LA police official gets restraining order against Black Lives Matter activist over ‘threats’

A prominent Black Lives Matter member has been hit with a temporary restraining order requiring him to stay away from the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. Continue reading

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Missouri to loosen requirements for concealed carry, triggering debate

On New Year’s Day, Missouri will several other states that have eliminated the requirement for a concealed carry license. Continue reading

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Former President Carter helps release rehabbed sea turtle

Former President Jimmy Carter; his wife, Rosalynn; and about 40 other family members have helped release a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle off the Florida Keys. Continue reading

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Arkansas lethal injection drug set to expire, no replacement

One of three drugs Arkansas uses for lethal injections is set to expire when the new year begins, and a prison system spokesman says the state does not yet have a replacement. Continue reading

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Police pursuit of stolen U-Haul truck ends in shooting

Phoenix police say a 20-year veteran officer shot and wounded a suspected robber who officers pursued Thursday as he drove a small U-Haul box truck through heavy traffic and a posh neighborhood. Continue reading

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Israel warns citizens of New Year travel to India

Israel is alerting citizens visiting India over the New Year’s holiday to stay away from large gatherings amid intelligence warnings of imminent militant attacks. Continue reading

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UN humanitarian chief urges Syria to let UN deliver aid

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Arrest made after boy killed in rash of Florida shootings

Authorities have made an arrest in a spate of shootings in South Florida that left an 8-year-old boy dead. Continue reading

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Tennis, sailing or spying? Luxury Russian compounds in US shut down

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in retaliation for Moscow’s cyber-meddling in the presidential election. Continue reading

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Man who helped launch Kinder candy with surprise inside dies

An Italian foundation for children says that William Salice, credited with launching Kinder Sorpresa, a hollow chocolate egg with a surprise tiny toy inside, has died. Continue reading

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No US carrier at sea leaves gap in Middle East

For the next week, not only will there be no US Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East, but there will also be no American aircraft carriers deployed anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States. Continue reading

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3 Miami cops fired for jokes about using black neighborhoods as shooting ranges

Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were let go two days before Christmas despite asserting to investigators that their comments were meant as a joke and that they didn’t mean to offend anyone. Continue reading

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93 journalists killed in 2016; 29 more die in accidents

The International Federation of Journalists says that 93 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted attacks, by bombs or by crossfire in 2016 while a further 29 died in two plane crashes. Continue reading

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Two Russian criminals hit with US sanctions are on FBI Most Wanted list

Among the dozens of Russians punished by the Obama administration over election-related hacking this week, the FBI has pegged two cybercriminals among the most wanted on the planet. Continue reading

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Sacramento Uber driver saves teen girl from sex trafficking

A Sacramento Uber driver is being credited for helping save a 16-year-old girl from child sex trafficking. Continue reading

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Suspect sought after DNA links man to 1999 rape of teen girl

Police are searching for a 44-year-old man after a DNA test linked him to the 1999 rape of a teenage girl. Continue reading

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Globalization took hits in 2016; Will 2017 lead to more?

Globalization, the path that the world economy has largely followed for decades, took some hefty blows in 2016. Continue reading

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Turkey arrests investigative journalist on terror charges

Turkey’s state-run news agency says a prominent investigative journalist has been formally arrested on charges of engaging in terrorist propaganda for a series of social media postings and articles. Continue reading

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Police: No clues from search of house for twins feared dead

Police say they came up empty in their search of a house near Pittsburgh for twins who were last seen as children more than a decade ago. Continue reading

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Firefighters rescue dog that fell through ice into lake

Three Michigan firefighters used rope and their wits to rescue a 90-pound retriever that fell through the ice about 100 yards from shore on a western Michigan lake. Continue reading

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China says it will shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

China says it will shut down its ivory trade at the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. Continue reading

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Burundi says will pull 5,500 troops from Somalia over money

Burundi’s president has threatened to pull out almost 5,500 troops contributing to African Union forces in Somalia over unpaid allowances. Continue reading

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