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Trump rallies and comparable gatherings are a bad sign for the Republican Party, an anti-Trump senator said Sunday. Asked if he's open to running for president in 2020, Flake said, "I don't rule anything out, but it's not in my plans". Sitting presidents are typically considered shoo-ins as the nominee for their party at the end of the first term, although an intra-party challenge is not unheard of.
  • Gunman Targeted Police in Pa. Shooting Spree

    Gunman Targeted Police in Pa. Shooting Spree

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    Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city. Authorities say he was armed with two handguns. A state trooper was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injures in relation to the incidents, but investigators have not said how the trooper was hurt.
  • UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea

    UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea

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    On Friday, the UN Security Council agreed new sanctions, responding to missile tests carried out by North Korea . That represents a reduction from the 4.5 million barrels North Korea imported in 2016, and a cap of 2 million barrels in September's resolutions.
  • 'Several deaths' reported in Polk County plane crash, authorities say

    'Several deaths' reported in Polk County plane crash, authorities say

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    Emergency operators received a call about the crash at 7:20 a.m. The number of fatalities or identities of the dead have not yet been released, but Judd said he knew at least one of the victims on the plane personally. The weather data is from the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) which is located at the airport. PCSO and NTSB are investigating the deaths and the crash.
  • Lorde considers cancelling Tel Aviv concert over Jerusalem recognition

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    The organizers of worldwide pop star Lorde's planned concert in Israel have announced that her performance scheduled for June has been canceled. Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. "Such an effect can not be undone by even the best intention and the best music". Lorde is considering pulling out of a concert in Israel after a backlash from fans who support a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.
  • We believe vehicle that rammed into crowd was a deliberate act

    We believe vehicle that rammed into crowd was a deliberate act

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    Many were from overseas including citizens of South Korea, China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand. A young child is among the injured. 14 people were injured in the incident. It would have been crowded with commuters and shoppers making their final purchases in the days before Christmas.
  • Let it snow: Will Vancouver Island have a white Christmas?

    Let it snow: Will Vancouver Island have a white Christmas?

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    Snow is expected for Christmas morning, changing to ice pellets and then rain in the afternoon. "An additional 1 to 2" of snow will accumulate for many Christmas morning making for a slick and sloppy ride to families during the morning hours.
  • Bomb blast kills 3 soldiers in Pakistan

    Bomb blast kills 3 soldiers in Pakistan

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    The DG ISPR said that Afghanistan's war will not be fought again on Pakistani soil. "Frustrations on diplomatic front in [the] UN & war in Afghanistan are reflected in statements of U.S. The US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Afghanistan on Friday reiterated Washington's stance regarding the terror safe havens in Pakistan.
  • A €5.4 million Lotto ticket was sold in Dublin Airport this week

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    National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin appealed to the public to check their numbers, and described Friday's bonanza as a "life-changing" amount of money. "It has been a really busy period here with a lot of traffic through the store, and we have no idea who the lucky victor might be". We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice.
  • Aardvark and four meerkats perish in London zoo blaze

    Aardvark and four meerkats perish in London zoo blaze

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    More than 70 firefighters attended the incident, which was brought under control almost three hours after the fire broke out. He said no other animals were affected. London Fire Brigade station manager David George said it is not now known what caused the fire. The zoo said on its website Sunday it will operate normally, including visits with Santa.
  • Army Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC

    Army Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC

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    The Indian Army on Sunday clarified that the bodies of its personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were not mutilated and the injury marks were due to splinters and gunshots. Though there had been stray incidents of firing from Pakistani troops on forward Indian positions along the LoC in adjoining Nowshera sector, the latest ceasefire at such a scale has come after almost a month.
  • Turkey dismisses over 2700 officials with new decree

    Turkey dismisses over 2700 officials with new decree

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    The decree published in the gazette also ordered 17 institutions to be shut down across Turkey including two newspapers and seven associations. The uniform will also apply to those accused of attempting to abolish the Turkish government and will come into force next month.
  • Calm Christmas Eve Before More Winter Weather

    Calm Christmas Eve Before More Winter Weather

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    Ahead of this front, a low deck of stratus clouds will linger through most of the day limiting temperatures through the afternoon. With a very cold and dry air mass in place, the coldest air of the winter season will arrive overnight. The northerly winds will provide us with a chilly Christmas Day; although, there will be more sunshine than we have seen in several days. Wind will initially be from the northeast at 20 to 30 miles per hour, then as the low-pressure system intensifies rapidly ...
  • McConnell Blames Bannon for Losing Alabama

    McConnell Blames Bannon for Losing Alabama

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    Mr. Moore denied these claims, but amid the national conversation on sexual harassment, the story persisted. McConnell and Bannon have been sparring partners dating back to before the 2016 election, and each man blames the other for numerous problems Republicans face today.
  • Winter weather advisory issued for parts of Northeast Ohio

    Winter weather advisory issued for parts of Northeast Ohio

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    About an inch of snow is expected in most areas of the metro. Chicago's northern suburbs are expected to get between one to three inches of snow. It will remain all snow into tonight , with 1-3 inches already on the ground. Gusts of 40-to-50-mph may cause power outages in those areas sometime in the afternoon on Christmas. A National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m.
  • Fire hits Philippine mall; 2 dozen employees feared trapped

    Fire hits Philippine mall; 2 dozen employees feared trapped

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    The fire struck as the Philippines was reeling from a storm that killed dozens and caused flooding and landslides. With low wages but strong English language skills, the Philippines is a popular destination for worldwide companies to set up customer call centres.
  • Police investigate suspicious package sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

    Police investigate suspicious package sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

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    Someone in the neighborhood reportedly received a suspicious package addressed to Mnuchin, according to the LAPD. The Secret Service is now investigating. The package was cleared by officials by 8 p.m. They did disclose that the package was labelled as coming from "the American people". He has had a career in banking and finance, and previously worked for Goldman Sachs.
  • Jai Ram Thakur elected new Himachal CM

    Jai Ram Thakur elected new Himachal CM

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    A five-time legislator, Thakur emerged as a key contestant in the race for CM after the party won the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections od December 18. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh. A member from the state's Bilaspur parliamentary seat, Mr Nadda had moved out of the state unit to join the BJP in Delhi as its secretary after he fell out with Mr Dhumal.
  • Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'

    Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'

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    The couple told police they were on their way from their home state of California to Vermont and that they meant to give the marijuana away as Christmas gifts. Vermont is among 29 states that have legalised marijuana for medical use. Barbara Jiron was cited and released due to medical issues, York County Sheriff Lt.
  • Analysts' Activity: Oasis Petroleum Inc (OAS)

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    The stock of Oasis Petroleum Inc. The stock has Return on Assets (ROA) of -0.9 percent. Its up 6.1% from 273,900 shares previously. EVERTEC, Inc. (NYSE:EVTC) has a beta of 1.13, compared to a beta of 1 for the market, which implies that the stock's price movements are more extreme than the market as a whole.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav Wife, Mother To Visit Islamabad Tomorrow

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Wife, Mother To Visit Islamabad Tomorrow

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    India had earlier stated that Jadhav's father and mother expressed the desire to meet their son, however, the prisoner had requested authorities to allow his wife to visit him. Pakistan had initially offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on "humanitarian grounds". However, India approached the International Court of Justice over the matter earlier this year which then stayed Jadhav's death sentence until proceedings are completed in the world court.
  • Cavs announces status of Tyronn Lue, JR Smith for Christmas Day game

    Cavs announces status of Tyronn Lue, JR Smith for Christmas Day game

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    The Warriors and Cavs has faced off in the past three NBA Finals, with the Warriors triumphing in 2015 and 2017. The Warriors have announced that Curry is "healing well" but likely will not play in the team's Christmas Day game against the Cavaliers given the timeline they provided.
  • RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran leads in early trend

    RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran leads in early trend

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    In the second round of counting, Dinakaran was leading by 3,342 votes from his rivals. Chennai's noted college Queen Mary's College has been converted into a counting centre. While Dinakaran has contested as an Independent candidate, the EPS-OPS faction had fielded E Madhusudhanan. Key candidates in the fray are E Madhusudhanan from AIADMK, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran , who is contesting as an independent, N Maruthu Ganesh from DMK, and Karu Nagarajan from BJP.
  • Nicky Hilton and husband welcome second child

    Nicky Hilton and husband welcome second child

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    Alongside a shot of Paris and Nicky as children, she wrote: "Feel like a kid on Christmas morning!" Nicky Hilton is ringing in the holiday season with the best gift. She said: "She's unbelievable". Fans were quick to congratulate her on the happy news. "They always wanted to give Lily-Grace a sibling close in age, like they both have".
  • Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in Bethlehem

    Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in Bethlehem

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    Nine protesters have died in clashes with Israeli troops, two of them on Friday. One man dressed as Santa Claus holding a Palestinian flag was shot in the leg east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, eyewitnesses said. "It is because of this USA decision to support illegality and the blatant violations of our rights that we will not accept the U.S.as the mediator in the peace process nor are we going to accept any plan from the USA side".
  • At least 37 feared dead after shopping mall fire in Philippines

    At least 37 feared dead after shopping mall fire in Philippines

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    Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles also met with the anxious families. Duterte served as Davao mayor for many years before being elected to the presidency last year. NCCC Mall said in its Facebook page families and relatives of those missing in the fire may proceed to Aposento Restaurant in front of the Alorica building around 200 meters from the mall.
  • Dozens feared dead in Davao City mall fire

    Dozens feared dead in Davao City mall fire

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    Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles also met with the anxious families. NCCC Mall said in its Facebook page that the mayor's and social services offices are ready to assist families of those missing at a restaurant about 200 meters from the mall.
  • Trump Signs GOP Tax Bill Into Law

    Trump Signs GOP Tax Bill Into Law

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    In sealing Trump's first major legislative victory, Republicans steamrolled opposition from Democrats to pass a bill that slashes taxes for corporations and the wealthy while giving mixed, temporary tax relief to middle-class Americans. At that point the independent Tax Policy Centre estimates that more than 80 per cent of the tax money will go to the top 1 per cent. The estate tax on inheritances is changed so far fewer people will pay.
  • Pence Warns Pakistan Against Harboring Terrorists

    Pence Warns Pakistan Against Harboring Terrorists

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    The United States Vice President Mike Pence who arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit on Thursday night, warned Pakistan against offering safe havens to terrorist groups on its soil. Bush first visited troops in Iraq eight months into the war there while President Barack Obama visited USA troops in Afghanistan three months into office.
  • Trump era brings changes to presidential coin

    Trump era brings changes to presidential coin

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    And instead of the presidential seal , Trump's coin uniquely features the White House with an eagle's head facing right, not left (get it?). Presidential challenge coins, tokens typically given out by USA presidents as personal mementos to military members they meet, got a Trumpian makeover in late 2017.
  • Zuma must 'personally pay' if #StateCapture appeal fails, says union

    Zuma must 'personally pay' if #StateCapture appeal fails, says union

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    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has sought leave to appeal a court ruling ordering him to set up a judicial inquiry into influence-peddling in his government, local television channel eNCA reported on Friday. In its ruling last week, the court also reprimanded the president for being "seriously reckless" by defying the recommendations of the country's graft watchdog which proposed the judicial inquiry.
  • Cooler Weather For Christmas

    Cooler Weather For Christmas

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    Snow flurries or light snow showers are possible late Saturday night into Sunday morning, ending by noon Sunday with a dusting possible. During the day Friday until about midnight, expect winds from 10-14 miles per hour. Temperatures Christmas Eve night will cool to the upper 30s, so don't forget the coats if you're heading out to a church service. Some brighter spells may break through the cloud during the day.
  • Stop panic buying, fuel queue will end this week - NNPC

    Stop panic buying, fuel queue will end this week - NNPC

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    Its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu said in a statement in Abuja that six major marketers -Total, Forte Oil, Oando Plc, MRS, 11 Plc and Nipco Plc, are now loading products round the clock from their various depots in Lagos for onward trucking to all parts of the country.
  • Palestine to call for emergency United Nations meeting after U.S. veto

    Palestine to call for emergency United Nations meeting after U.S. veto

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    The text of the draft "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void, and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".
  • More Than 100 Dead In Philippine Mudslides, Flooding

    More Than 100 Dead In Philippine Mudslides, Flooding

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    The rest of the deaths were reported in Lanao del Norte, where floodwaters from a mountain also swept away several riverside houses and villagers, and Lanao del Sur, police and officials said. It was forecast to smash into the tip of the western island of Palawan late Saturday, state weather bureau Pagasa said. Earlier in the week, a tropical storm left more than 50 people dead and 31 others missing, mostly due to landslides, and damaged more than 10,000 houses in the central Philippines ...
  • Man struck by sandbag thrown from overpass has died

    Man struck by sandbag thrown from overpass has died

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    Police say four teenagers intentionally threw the sandbag of the Indiana Avenue overpass onto I-75. Police responded to an emergency call at about 10:10 p.m. He was transported to St. Vincent Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. The sandbag shattered the windshield and struck Byrd in the head .
  • Modi to launch Delhi Metro's Magenta Line on Dec 25

    Modi to launch Delhi Metro's Magenta Line on Dec 25

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    It is part of the Botanical Garden (Noida)-Janakpuri West (Delhi) corridor. "This is the third Metro line to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in 2017". The official, however, confirmed that the Delhi government had not received any invite as of Saturday night. The statement also said that a high-level inquiry had been ordered into the incident.
  • Tributes pour in for supermarket worker stabbed to death in Aldi aisle

    Tributes pour in for supermarket worker stabbed to death in Aldi aisle

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    Police yesterday credited "brave members of staff and public" who detained the attacker before they arrived. Mr Hord will appear at York Magistrates' Court later, North Yorkshire Police said. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is now being questioned by police. Last night the supermarket remained cordoned off. Willsher was married with a young daughter.
  • Raccoon reportedly assaults child inside North Philadelphia dwelling

    Raccoon reportedly assaults child inside North Philadelphia dwelling

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    Family says little Journi was in bed at their first-floor apartment Wednesday night when she was attacked by a raccoon, leaving her hospitalized and facing a year of recovery, CBS Philly reports. Officers "were out again throughout yesterday to fully assess the building and monitor the traps", Amir said in an email Friday. The child is recovering, and doctors say her eyesight wasn't affected.