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Congress OKs defense bill, scrambles to pass stopgap measure

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:53:33 GMT

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled on Thursday to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure. The Senate passed the defense legislation by a wide margin, 92-7, a week after the House overwhelmingly approved the measure, 375-34.

Donald Trump picks fight with Carrier steelworkers' union

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:14:39 GMT

Donald Trump 's itchy Twitter finger aimed at a new target yesterday: Chuck Jones , president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 , which represents workers at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis. Trump, along with Indiana Gov. and Vice-President elect Mike Pence , was involved in a deal with Carrier that gave them $7 million in state tax credits to reduce the number of jobs they were offshoring to Mexico.

Alabama scheduled to execute man for clerk's 1994 killing

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:50:23 GMT

Forty-five-year-old Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday. Smith's attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution, saying a January ruling raises legal questions about Alabama's allowance of judicial override.

Now a New York pizzeria faces a Pizzagatea threats

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:31:19 GMT

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:16:37 GMT

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner. But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

Democrats: Congress stiffing city on Donald Trump's security

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:04:47 GMT

The mayor and other Democratic officials said on Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, a fifth of what the city requested. "New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill" to protect Republican President-elect Donald Trump and his family, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

Democratic states wary as Trump embarks on victory tour

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:32:16 GMT

In this photo taken Monday California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, third from left, flanked by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, right, and other Democratic lawmakers, discusses a pair of proposed measures to protect immigrants, during a news conference in Sacramento California is among the states that voted for Hillary Clinton and that could find themselves at odds with President-elect Donald Trump on such issues as immigration, health care and climate change. Rendon said the intent of the legislation is to put a "firewall" around Californians.

Biden stokes 2020 buzz on Colbert: 'Never say never'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:07 GMT

Vice President Joe Biden continued to tease a presidential bid in 2020 during an appearance on "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, saying he's learned to "never say never." "I'm a great respecter of fate.

Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:01:22 GMT

Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a clear replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Republicans say that won't happen because they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign.

Michigan recount now in doubt; Pennsylvania sets hearing

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:54:00 GMT

Stein is spearheading recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. . Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, arrives for a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York.

The Latest: Official: Refrigerator potential source of fire

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:48:47 GMT

Almena is an operator of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, in which dozens of people died in a fire t... . This photo provided by the City of Oakland shows inside the burned warehouse after the deadly fire that broke out on Dec. 2, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.

Poll: Racial vulnerability linked to youth vote choice

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:24:35 GMT

Among the youngest white adult Americans, feelings of racial and economic vulnerability appear to be closely connected to their support for Donald Trump in last month's election. That's according to an analysis of a new GenForward poll of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30. Other surveys of white adults of all ages have found a similar pattern.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:56:35 GMT

Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence. William Sallie should be granted a new trial because of the alleged juror bias, but courts haven't properly considered that evidence because he missed a filing deadline by eight days at a time when he didn't have a lawyer, his lawyers said in court filings.

Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict againsta

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:56:34 GMT

A unanimous Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:43:55 GMT

Dec 6 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. NEW YORK, Dec 6 U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday costs for a new Air Force One - one of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. presidency - were out of control, and urged the government to cancel a contract with Boeing Co for the jet.

Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs 'out of control'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:43:54 GMT

Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024.

French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:33:33 GMT

By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press For college administrators, extreme weather is yet another hazard to prepare and practice for. That list of concerns includes infectious disease outbreaks,... By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press When Jefferson Community College was making plans to build its first residence hall, there was one must-have for President Carole McCoy: generators for backup if the... Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.