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Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:47:40 -0500

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Merkel launches election bid with tough line on immigration

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:47:11 -0500

(image) Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday lashed populists seeking to exploit Germany's refugee influx, but set down a tough line on integration -- including a ban on the full-face veil -- as she launched into election campaign mode. "The full veil must be banned wherever it is legally possible," she told the annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), urging them to back her bid for a fourth term.

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Benoit, Phillies finalize $7.5 million, 1-year contract

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:44:59 -0500

(image) OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $7.5 million, one-year contract.

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Brexit case sees starkly different views of UK constitution

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:38:37 -0500

(image) LONDON (AP) — U.K. Supreme Court judges were presented with starkly contrasting views of Britain's largely unwritten constitution Tuesday, as they considered whether government or Parliament has the power to lead the country out of the European Union.

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Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:33:15 -0500

(image) MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi army on Tuesday pushed into another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group on the southeastern edge of Mosul, according to a military statement and Iraqi commanders on the ground.

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Manager of California warehouse gutted by fire apologizes

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:30:32 -0500

(image) San Francisco (AFP) - The manager of a California warehouse where 36 people died in a horrific fire last week apologized Tuesday but declined to accept blame for what he called a "mass grave."

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NATO, EU make show of unity amid uncertainty posed by Trump

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:29:50 -0500

(image) BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union made a public show of unity Tuesday in the face of criticism from Donald Trump, hailing their deepening cooperation as the U.S. president-elect insists European allies start pulling their own military weight.

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Baylor names Temple's Matt Rhule as new football coach

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:29:39 -0500

(image) Baylor hired Matt Rhule on Tuesday, hoping the highly successful Temple coach can rebuild the Big 12 Conference program hit hard by scandal and suddenly struggling on the field.

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Pence to talk to conservative group at Trump's new DC hotel

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:29:13 -0500

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is delivering a speech to a conservative group at Donald Trump's new hotel in Washington D.C. The Heritage Foundation says Pence will talk Tuesday night about areas of focus ...

Filing: As guard lay dying, inmate stole gum from his pocket

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:23:33 -0500

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying during which the suspect inmate paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket, federal prosecutors said in court papers.

Samsung wins over Apple in $399 mn patent appeal

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:22:03 -0500

(image) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $399 million penalty imposed on Samsung for copying Apple's iPhone design, in a case watched closely for patent infringement in the digital era. The justices ruled 8-0 that Samsung should not be required to forfeit the entire profits from its smartphones for infringement on design components, sending the case back to a lower court. "The parties ask us to go further and resolve whether, for each of the design patents at issue here, the relevant article of manufacture is the smartphone, or a particular smartphone component," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the opinion.

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SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:21:16 -0500

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.

US stocks are mixed on Wall Street as oil price slumps

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:19:14 -0500

(image) Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses in midday trading on Wall Street Tuesday. Energy companies slumped as the price of crude oil turned lower after a four-day rally. The Dow Jones industrial ...

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Brazil anti-trust body says bids rigged for 2014 World Cup

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:18:00 -0500

(image) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Several construction companies rigged their bids for 2014 World Cup stadiums, driving up costs by overcharging for the work, according to Brazil's anti-trust body.

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Supreme Court upholds broad power to curb insider trading

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:17:25 -0500

(image) A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the government in a legal clash over the nation's insider trading laws, a victory for prosecutors seeking to curb corruption on Wall Street. The justices ...

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Trump says new Air Force One too costly: 'Cancel order!'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:16:36 -0500

(image) "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Converting a pair of 747-8 jumbo jets to state-of-the-art luxury command centers by 2024 had been estimated to cost $3 billion when Boeing was picked for the job in January 2015. The legendary light blue and white liveried jets -- "United States of America" emblazoned on the fuselage and an American flag on the tail -- are a powerful symbol of US might.

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Wall Street flat as telecom gains fail to counter oil drop

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:16:11 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday, as gains in telecom services were offset by losses in energy stocks following a drop in oil prices.

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Iraqi army launches fresh assault towards Mosul center

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:12:19 -0500

(image) By Ahmed Rasheed and Patrick Markey BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army units surged towards the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold. Campaign commander Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah was quoted by Iraqi television as saying troops had entered Salam Hospital, less than a mile (1.5 km) from the Tigris river running through the city center. If confirmed, that would mark a significant advance by the Ninth Armoured Division, which had been tied up for more than a month in close-quarter combat with Islamic State on the southeastern fringes of the city.

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Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:11:35 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's end.

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Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:10:46 -0500

ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

Trump adviser's family donated to Israeli settlement groups

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:09:47 -0500

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. tax records show that President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law co-directs a family foundation that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jewish settlement organizations in the West Bank.

UK government accepts call to publish Brexit plan, asks parliament to respect timetable

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:08:26 -0500

The British government has accepted the opposition Labour Party's call for it to set out its plan for leaving the European Union before formal talks begin, but has asked parliament to respect its Brexit timetable. It is not clear how much detail the government will give of its plan beyond its mantra that it wants "the best deal to trade with and operate within" the EU's single market, alongside some curbs on freedom of movement. Prime Minister Theresa May had faced a rebellion among her own lawmakers when parliament debates on Wednesday whether she should set out her plans before triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin the exit process.

Head-on crash leaves New Jersey trooper, another man dead

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:07:50 -0500

(image) MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.

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Trump seeks to ground costs of new Air Force One with Boeing

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:07:42 -0500

(image) By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the government to cancel an order with Boeing Co to develop a revamped Air Force One - one of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. presidency - saying costs were out of control. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, pledged during his unconventional campaign for the White House that he would put his skills as a businessman to work for taxpayers, and had griped about the cost of President Barack Obama's use of the presidential aircraft. It was not immediately clear what prompted his complaint about Boeing on Tuesday, but a spokesman said that Trump was sending a message that he intends to save taxpayers' money.

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Libyan forces clear last Islamic State holdout in Sirte: spokesman

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:06:43 -0500

(image) Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes have finished clearing the final district of the former Islamic State stronghold of Sirte in which the jihadist group had been holding out, a spokesman for the forces said on Tuesday. A Reuters witness said fighting had ended in Sirte's Ghiza Bahriya area, where Islamic State had been dug in for weeks at the end of a battle for the city that began in May. Spokesman Rida Issa said forces led by brigades from Misrata had "secured all the buildings and the streets" in Ghiza Bahriya, though this did not mean the end of the Misrata-led operation. "We still need to secure the area around Sirte," he said.

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Government accepts call to publish Brexit plan, asks parliament to respect timetable

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:06:29 -0500

(image) The government has accepted the opposition Labour Party's call for it to set out its plan for leaving the European Union before formal talks begin, but has asked parliament to respect its Brexit timetable. It is not clear how much detail the government will give of its plan beyond its mantra that it wants "the best deal to trade with and operate within" the EU's single market, alongside some curbs on freedom of movement. Prime Minister Theresa May had faced a rebellion among her own MPs when parliament debates on Wednesday whether she should set out her plans before triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin the exit process.

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Cazeneuve is France's new prime minister as Valls steps down

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:02:16 -0500

(image) PARIS (AP) — Bernard Cazeneuve became France's new prime minister on Tuesday, shifting over from his job as interior minister after Manuel Valls stepped down as prime minister to focus on running for the presidency.

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Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election in February

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:59:54 -0500

(image) By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday after speaking with the prime minister, but a Constitutional Court intervention suggested a vote was further off. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano's comments may heighten support for a quick vote as the only way to avoid protracted political limbo in the euro zone's third largest economy in the wake of Sunday's "No" vote on Renzi's constitutional reforms. Renzi announced he would step down after his resounding referendum defeat.

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Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:57:59 -0500

(image) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As crews searched the Oakland warehouse for more bodies, the founder of the arts collective stood near the gutted building Tuesday morning and said he was "incredibly sorry" and that everything he did was to bring people together.

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The Latest: Sheriff defends probe of slain ex-NFL player

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:57:26 -0500

HARVEY, La. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight, who was killed during a road rage dispute (all times local):

Cops find robbery suspect after sending him Facebook warning

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:56:12 -0500

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police have helped cops in a Pennsylvania town keep a Facebook promise they made to an armed robbery suspect: "We WILL find you."

US productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:55:29 -0500

(image) The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring. Productivity increased in the third quarter ...

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Greek court agrees to extradite members of Turkish military

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:54:57 -0500

(image) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court agreed Tuesday to extradite three Turkish servicemen who were part of an eight-person helicopter crew that fled to Greece after a failed military coup, a decision that came a day after it refused to send three others back to Turkey.

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War crimes court told of LRA warlord's reign of terror

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:52:48 -0500

(image) War crimes prosecutors Tuesday unveiled a campaign of terror led by 'ferocious' Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen, including showing shocking images of an aftermath of an attack on a refugee camp. The former LRA commander became the first-ever member of the notorious rebel group to go on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, where he faces a litany of charges for his role in terrorising parts of northern Uganda. Warning she was about to show "extremely disturbing images", ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda played gruesome videos of the scene after an LRA attack on Lukodi refugee camp, showing disemboweled children, and the charred bodies of babies in shallow graves.

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Merkel is last of Obama's key European allies still standing

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:52:12 -0500

(image) Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together the leaders of the U.S., Britain, France and Italy to discuss the world's crises, a moment captured in a photo of the five seated ...

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Bolivian aviation agent requests help in Brazil after crash

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:55 -0500

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Bolivian woman who pointed out irregularities in the flight plan of a plane that crashed and killed 71 people has traveled to Brazil to seek assistance from prosecutors.

Cazeneuve becomes French PM as Valls aims for president

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:33 -0500

(image) Former interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve took over as French prime minister on Tuesday, replacing Manuel Valls who has resigned to fight for the Socialist party nomination in presidential elections next year. "I understand what I have to do before the French people," he said at the prime minister's residence in central Paris where Cazeneuve was sworn in for what is expected to be a short stint in office. Cazeneuve, 53, will essentially be a caretaker for the final six months of President Francois Hollande's troubled term in office which will end after elections in May.

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