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Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has investors worrying about the global economy again. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impeding departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.


California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. The move away from diesel buses will be a boon to companies such as Chinese automaker BYD , backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Silicon Valley startup Proterra Inc, which have bet that zero-emissions buses will eventually catch on.


Brazil take first step in program to join nuclear-powered sub club

Brazil take first step in program to join nuclear-powered sub club President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull. The submarines being built by the Brazilian Navy in partnership with France's defense company Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, are a modified version of the Scorpene class diesel-powered submarine.


ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency

ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency said on Friday. The 158,851 people arrested in the 2018 fiscal year by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations division, the branch that carries out immigration arrests and deportations, represented an 11 percent increase over 2017, according to agency data. ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal history but who are in the country illegally increased by nearly one-third compared to 2017, to reach 20,464.


Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre

Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and educators were killed in 2012, received a threatening phone call around 9 a.m. EST, said police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde. "It was a bomb threat over the phone," Bahamonde said. Bahamonde said the threat was unrelated to a Thursday incident in which hundreds of schools, businesses and buildings across the United States and Canada receive email bomb threats demanding payment in cryptocurrency.


First new Mustang Shelby GT500 to be sold by Barrett-Jackson

First new Mustang Shelby GT500 to be sold by Barrett-Jackson The buyer gets to pick the color and the options for their special muscle car


U.S. sues YRC Worldwide freight units, alleges overcharging

U.S. sues YRC Worldwide freight units, alleges overcharging U.S. officials have filed a lawsuit against several units of freight company YRC Worldwide Inc alleging that they systematically overcharged the federal government for services and lied to hide their misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The YRC units named in the lawsuit are YRC Freight Inc, Roadway Express Inc and Yellow Transportation Inc.


Republican U.S. Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31: Arizona governor

Republican U.S. Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31: Arizona governor Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late John McCain, will step down from office on Dec. 31, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement on Friday. Kyl was only expected to serve as a short-term placeholder to occupy the seat until after the November 2018 election. "Arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running from day one and represent our state with experience and confidence – and that’s exactly what Senator Kyl has done," Ducey said in a statement.


DHS chief confirms death of girl detained by U.S. Border Patrol

DHS chief confirms death of girl detained by U.S. Border Patrol The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Friday that a 7-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala had died hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody. The girl's death was first reported on Thursday by the Washington Post, which said she died last week after crossing into New Mexico. DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen said the girl had been part of a large group that crossed the border from Mexico about 90 miles from the nearest immigration processing facility.


Special report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder

Special report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder An examination shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, products sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.


J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research

J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research “Our current posture with respect to the sponsorship of talc safety studies has been to initiate studies only as dictated by confrontation,” the memo said. “This philosophy, so far, has allowed us to neutralize or hold in check data already generated by investigators who question the safety of talc.” Also, the memo said, “we minimize the risk of possible self-generation of scientific data which may be politically or scientifically embarrassing.” J&J’s effort to protect its iconic Baby Powder franchise by shaping research was led by physician and scientist executives. An early 1970s study of 1,992 Italian talc miners shows how it worked: J&J commissioned and paid for the study, told the researchers the results it wanted, and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal.


PHOTOS: French police kill suspect in Strasbourg Christmas market attack

PHOTOS: French police kill suspect in Strasbourg Christmas market attack The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its “soldiers”.


Police probe wave of hoax bitcoin bomb threats in U.S., Canada

Police probe wave of hoax bitcoin bomb threats in U.S., Canada U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were probing a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand a day earlier. Hundreds of businesses, government offices and schools received the awkwardly-worded letters, threatening to set off explosives if payments of $20,000 in cryptocurrency were not received, sparking scattered evacuations of schools and transit facilities before the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies dismissed the threats as lacking credibility. Hoax threats were received on Thursday in cities including Washington, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Grand Rapids, Iowa, Denver, Ottawa and Calgary, Alberta.


Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think

Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britain’s departure date?


Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released. "Tonight, a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County," James Conroy, the DeKalb County chief of police, said in a statement on the Internet.


Man who sexually assaulted woman on flight while she slept is jailed for nine years

Man who sexually assaulted woman on flight while she slept is jailed for nine years Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 34, was also sitting next to his wife on the overnight flight in January. Ramamoorthy had molested the victim while unbuttoning her blouse and unzipping her trousers as she slept. US attorney Matthew Schneider said: “Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on aeroplanes.


Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA

Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA The 30-year-old gun enthusiast operated as a Kremlin agent as she befriended National Rifle Association leaders and influential U.S. conservatives, she admitted Thursday in federal court in Washington. “Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” prosecutor Erik Kenerson said at the hearing, reading from the government’s statement of facts.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest American elected into Congress, is a rising star among the left and has even been suggested as a viable Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday in response to a Vox article, written by co-founder Matthew Yglesias, that argued the incoming congresswoman should be able to run for the 2020 election despite her young age. Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies.


Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies

Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. "Given the widespread nature of these malicious emails, we have reason to believe this to be a scam," the Australian Cyber Security Centre said in an email to Reuters. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.


Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report

Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Information Center reported on Friday. Fewer than 2,500 inmates are awaiting execution as 2018 draws to an end after 25 executions, making this the third consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions, the DPIC, a non-profit organization that collects data on the death penalty in the United States, said in its annual report. "Public appetite for the death penalty has declined dramatically since the 1990s," Robert Dunham, executive director of the DPIC, said in a phone interview.


Death penalty sentences, executions remained at near-record lows in 2018

Death penalty sentences, executions remained at near-record lows in 2018 The numbers of prisoners on death row, new death sentences and executions remained low by historical standards in 2018.


U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported. Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and again during an interview with Fox News Channel, NBC News said.


Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary

Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections. Manderfield said Jimenez made no final statement. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary in 1994, stemming from the beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, two years earlier.


No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several motorists abandoned their cars to chase the money. Videos posted on social media showed a Brinks armored truck with its hazard lights flashing on Route 3, about 10 miles (16 km) outside New York City, as people ran after bills blowing between cars and trucks on the busy roadway. A person in uniform chasing the money appeared to be the truck's driver.


Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post

Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.


No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-managed McMurdo Station, the agency said. While the science foundation, a U.S. government agency, said an official inquiry into the deaths was just getting under way, spokesman Peter West told Reuters that investigators had turned up no evidence of foul play. NSF also declined to disclose any personal information about the two workers, except to say they were employed by a Virginia-based company, PAE, which in turn was hired by the U.S. Antarctica Program's logistics contractor, Leidos, headquartered in Colorado.


NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels

NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled. Authorities also are asking the three companies to take steps to prevent dangerous toys from reaching store shelves.


U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules

U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The appeals court said, however, the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.


Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be

Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be (Reuters) - Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Authorities said none of the threats - emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools - appeared credible. Frankly, the perpetrators would have been better off asking for Turkish lira. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a favorite ransom tender for cyber criminals thanks to the currencies' anonymous nature. U.S. ...


New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency

New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency Police in New Zealand are investigating email threats received by some residents that claim explosive devices were hidden in their offices, the cyber security agency CERT NZ said on Friday after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible. CERT NZ said the emails received by New Zealanders appeared to be very similar to those in the United States and Canada.


New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys

New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10 times higher than the federal limit. The kits were supplied by LaRose and sold at Walmart and Target stores.


Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said. Two weeks previously, a married couple inspired by Islamic State had killed 14 people at a California county office building in a shooting rampage.


Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited Curry to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told science publication Inverse on Thursday the Golden State guard said he would be willing to make the trip. The controversy started on Monday when Curry said on a podcast that he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon. NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972.


Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.


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On criminal justice reform, policy prevails over politics

On criminal justice reform, policy prevails over politics The First Step Act is expected to be passed by the Senate soon and then to be signed by President Trump, reversing more than two decades of tough-on-crime policies.


Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy

Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent at a hearing in Washington. Butina admitted to conspiring with a Russian official and two Americans from 2015 until her July arrest to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, a group closely aligned with U.S. conservatives and Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and create unofficial lines of communication to try to make Washington's policy toward Moscow more friendly. Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank, has been identified by Butina's lawyers as the Russian official.


The Latest: Sheriff vows thorough probe after mine rescue

The Latest: Sheriff vows thorough probe after mine rescue CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of three adults at an inactive coal mine in West Virginia (all times local):


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Andrew Napolitano Repeatedly Shreds 'Fox & Friends' Defense Of Trump

Andrew Napolitano Repeatedly Shreds 'Fox & Friends' Defense Of Trump President Donald Trump's legal woes are likely just beginning, and his


U.S. appeals court narrows Trump birth control ruling

U.S. appeals court narrows Trump birth control ruling Last year two federal judges, one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California, had blocked the government from enforcing rules allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Thursday the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.


In farewell speeches, senators bemoan downfall of the 'world's greatest deliberative body'

In farewell speeches, senators bemoan downfall of the 'world's greatest deliberative body' In their farewell addresses on the Senate floor, senators call out the hyperpartisan atmosphere that has taken hold of the U.S. Capitol.


Jury convicts ex-employees of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Jury convicts ex-employees of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak A co-owner and four ex-employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were convicted on Thursday of committing frauds and other illegal activities that helped boost its business before a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to drugs it made. The verdict by a federal jury in Boston came in the latest criminal trial involving former executives and employees of New England Compounding Center, which produced mold-tainted steroids that prosecutors said sickened hundreds of people and killed more than 100. Jurors found pharmacist Gene Svirskiy guilty of racketeering and pharmacist Christopher Leary guilty of mail fraud over what prosecutors said was their role in misleading NECC's hospital customers about the quality of the drugs it produced.


Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall

Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he made the decision after Carr admitted the presence of potential conflicts and biases between him and other parties in the case. "While I have no reason to believe that you are actually biased or compromised, I agree that other fair-minded persons might question your neutrality based on the information that you provided in the letter and during our private conversations," Marshall said in the letter, which was posted on the website of the attorney general. On Thanksgiving night during Black Friday sales, a police officer in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover shot and killed Emantic "EJ" Bradford, 21, at the Riverchase Galleria, believing him to be the gunman in a shooting at the mall that wounded two people.


Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four." The dice roll broke a 223-223 tie in a Dec. 4 runoff election, according to the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, which oversaw the game of chance that ultimately decided the winner. The runoff was scheduled after none of three candidates for alderman in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock. "I early voted because I was afraid something might happen and I might not be able to make it to the election." Her opponent, Cliff Farmer, 33, had a different approach.


Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to die in 1994. Jimenez was accused of beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, after he broke into her North Miami apartment on Oct. 2, 1992.


Jared Kushner Calls U.S. Criminal Justice System The 'Best In The World.' It's Not.

Jared Kushner Calls U.S. Criminal Justice System The 'Best In The World.' It's Not. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made a rare television


Know These 6 Federal Tax Changes to Avoid a Surprise in 2019

Know These 6 Federal Tax Changes to Avoid a Surprise in 2019 "The big change for individuals is with deductions," says Craig Richards, managing director and director of tax services at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York. Although the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly, key deductions like state and local taxes and mortgage interest were capped at $10,000.


Due to fly WOW Air next year? Your trip might be canceled

Due to fly WOW Air next year? Your trip might be canceled The struggling budget carrier says holiday flights will not be affected. Flight cuts will begin in January. Affected passengers will be notified.