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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:35:17 -0500

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Large crowds to celebrate S. Korean president's impeachment

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:35:17 -0500

(image) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Large crowds were expected to gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to celebrate the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in previous weeks.

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Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite: transition official

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:35:07 -0500

(image) By Steve Holland GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week.

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Vote puts S. Korea impeachment ball in Constitutional Court

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:34:25 -0500

(image) After the South Korean parliament's impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, the spotlight now shifts to the nine judges of the Constitutional Court who could yet slam the door on those seeking to remove her from office. The lawmakers' vote on Friday suspended Park's sweeping executive powers, but it requires final approval by a two-thirds majority of the court -- a lengthy and uncertain process that could take up to six months.

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Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:34:02 -0500

(image) (This story published on Dec. 8 corrects paragraph 3 and 27 to remove the "neighbor" reference as Danielle Boudreaux was not a neighbor) By Heather Somerville, Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine (Reuters) - In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions. The Oakland Police Department received dozens of complaints about the warehouse, and went inside at least half a dozen times, according to police reports and accounts from former tenants and visitors. A former friend and tenant also say city fire officials were in the building at least twice.

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Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:30:50 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware.

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U.S. condemns Gambian President Jammeh's rejection of election results

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:28:31 -0500

The United States on Friday condemned a statement from Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh rejecting the result of a Dec. 1 election that spelled the end of his 22-year rule. Jammeh had initially accepted the result and called his opponent Adama Barrow to concede defeat on state television. "This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesman at the U.S. Department of State.

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:25:49 -0500

(image) CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online.

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Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:24:00 -0500

(image) ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday.

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John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:18:09 -0500

(image) John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space. The public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse ...

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Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:05:03 -0500

(image) HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday.

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Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:01:43 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.

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Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:00:41 -0500

(image) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years announced late Friday that he no longer accepts defeat in the country's presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival.

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Trump packs trade team with veterans of steel wars with China

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:00:26 -0500

(image) By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump is stacking his trade transition team with veterans of the U.S. steel industry's battles with China, signaling a potentially more aggressive approach to U.S. complaints of unfair Chinese subsidies for its exports and barriers to imports. Led by Wilbur Ross, a billionaire steel investor and Trump's nominee for commerce secretary, Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of steelmaker Nucor Corp, and three veteran steel trade lawyers, the team is expected to help shift the U.S. trade focus more heavily toward enforcement actions aimed at bringing down a chronic U.S. trade deficit, Washington trade experts said.

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Senegal calls for U.N. Security Council meeting over Gambia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:50:38 -0500

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegal on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council after Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh announced he was rejecting the results of a Dec. 1 election which he lost to President-elect Adama Barrow. Senegal's Foreign Minister, Mankeur Ndiaye, speaking on television station TFM, also asked Jammeh to respect the election verdict and "solemnly" warned him not to harm Senegal's interests or its citizens in the West African country. Senegal is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council. ...

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:50:03 -0500

(image) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

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Reaction to McLaren report into Russian doping

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:42:45 -0500

The second and final part of an independent commission report, led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, was published on Friday and provided more details of an elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme operated by Russia. "It is alarming to read that 1,000 Russian athletes - competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport - can be identified as being involved in, or benefiting from, manipulations to conceal positive doping tests." ALL-RUSSIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION PRESIDENT DMITRY SHLYAKHTIN “We agree that Russian athletics has problems and don’t hide it... but these problems did not start yesterday. Today we are able to fully prove that the demands presented to the Russian Athletics Federation have been met.

Biden urges Canada to fight climate change despite Trump

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:42:01 -0500

(image) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Canadian leaders Friday to continue to treat efforts to combat climate change urgently despite the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

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Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:38:38 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post.

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Shutdown threat eases as Dems signal retreat on miners' aid

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:34:02 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners.

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Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:30:00 -0500

(image) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade ...

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AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:21:57 -0500

(image) President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus ...

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US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:19:16 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Homeland Security Department moved closer Friday to solving the mystery about why the state of Georgia believed the federal government was trying to hack its election systems.

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Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:18:04 -0500

(image) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others.

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France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:17:20 -0500

(image) PARIS (AP) — A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."

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4 more Zika cases, likely homegrown, found in Texas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:16:32 -0500

DALLAS (AP) — Four more cases of Zika that were likely transmitted by mosquito bites in Texas have been found in the same neighborhood where the state's first such case was discovered, state health officials said Friday.

AP Sources: FAU pursuing Lane Kiffin to coach

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:14:54 -0500

(image) BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls' next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night.

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Bomb blasts kill 30 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:13:46 -0500

(image) YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town on Friday morning, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.

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Kansas forward Bragg charged with misdemeanor battery

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:11:43 -0500

(image) LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was suspended indefinitely Friday after he was accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs and charged with one count of battery.

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Gambia's President Jammeh says rejects outcome of Dec. 1 election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:08:00 -0500

(image) Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections. The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after an unexpected election result that ended Jammeh's 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope. Jammeh's announcement presents an unexpected and severe challenge to the incoming Barrow administration, which was already grappling with how to take the reins of power and deal with the army that for two decades was loyal to the president.

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US lethal injection debate revived after long execution

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:05:37 -0500

(image) A death row inmate in Alabama coughed and gasped for 13 minutes during his execution, witnesses say -- an incident that has revived concerns about the effectiveness of lethal injection as a means of capital punishment. Ronald Smith, 45, was put to death for the 1994 murder of a convenience store clerk. All told, the execution Thursday night took 34 minutes, during which Smith was apparently struggling for breath, according to Kent Faulk, a journalist from, one of the media witnesses.

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Longtime Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh reverses course, now refuses to step aside after officials said he lost election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:03:34 -0500

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Longtime Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh reverses course, now refuses to step aside after officials said he lost election.

Wisconsin recount goes ahead, judge mulls Pennsylvania case

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:58:28 -0500

(image) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking.

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Missing plane likely crashed into Alaska lake, officials say

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:53:32 -0500

(image) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane ferrying a father and his two teenage children to Anchorage presumably plunged into an expansive Alaska lake shortly after taking off from a nearby rural community, officials said Friday.

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Wasteland revealed after battle for Aleppo's Old City

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:49:27 -0500

By Laila Bassam ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - At the side of the road sat a woman in her late 20s, veiled, dressed in black, and weeping as she cradled her baby. "My milk is dry from fear and panic." After the Syrian army fought rebels in Aleppo's Old City, hungry and terrified civilians have emerged from their cellars into a wasteland of ruins. The rubble and shrapnel on the streets around Bab al-Hadeed district on Friday revealed the ferocity of the battle this week that gave Syria's army control of the historic area, bringing it close to its biggest victory after nearly six years of war.

Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:49:27 -0500

(image) By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian army and its allies had recaptured 32 of east Aleppo's 40 neighborhoods, about 85 percent of the area, he said. There were no reports the Syrian army had made significant gains.

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Hibbing struggles with how it should honor Bob Dylan

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:26 -0500

(image) HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The city of Hibbing has long struggled with how it should honor its most famous son, Bob Dylan. There is a street sign, a small exhibit in the public library, but little more.

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School boss changes ruling, bans Confederate flag clothes

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:14 -0500

PLUM, Pa. (AP) — A school district where a black student was upset that a classmate was allowed to wear a sweatshirt depicting the Confederate flag said on Friday that after more students went to class wearing Confederate flag clothing it must be banned.

Ghana TV: President concedes defeat to opposition leader

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:41:23 -0500

(image) ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's longtime opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidency late Friday on his third run for the office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy in this long stable democracy.

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Gambia's President Jammeh says rejects outcome of December 1 election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:31:44 -0500

(image) Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections. The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after an unexpected election result that ended Jammeh's 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope. Human rights groups said Jammeh's government detained, tortured and killed opponents during his rule and his defeat sparked wild celebrations.

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