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Buy a gift card, get a freebie at these restaurants, businesses This holiday season, when you purchase gift cards at many popular restaurant chains including Applebee's and the Cheesecake Factory, get a bonus.


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.


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.


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.


Strasbourg attack: fourth victim dies as Christmas market re-opens after gunman killed in police raid

Strasbourg attack: fourth victim dies as Christmas market re-opens after gunman killed in police raid A fourth victim of the Strasbourg Christmas market attack died from his wounds yesterday as investigators searched for possible accomplices of the gunman slain after two days of terror. The prime suspect, Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed on Thursday after he opened fire on three officers who crossed his path by chance while on patrol. Authorities had received two tip-offs about his general whereabouts.  The fourth victim of the knife and gun attack in central Strasbourg, eastern France, was 28-year old Italian radio journalist Antonio Megalizzi. He had been shot in the head and had been in a coma. Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, said the whole country was united by “sadness and pain”. French interior minister Christophe Castaner was in Strasbourg to reopen the Christmas market Credit: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP Yesterday, Christophe Castaner, France’s interior minister, attended the reopening of Strasbourg's Christmas market, which welcomes two million people every year and had been shut since Tuesday night’s attack. To reopen swiftly, he said, was vital "for the honour of Strasbourg, for the honour of France”. President Emmanuel Macron was due to attend later in the evening. Islamic State claimed Chekatt as one of its “soldiers” but Mr Castaner dismissed the claim as “totally opportunistic". Chekatt had 27 previous convictions for theft and violence and his Islamic beliefs were radicalised during previous periods in prison.  Police were still holding seven people yesterday for questing, including his parents, in a bid to establish whether he was helped by accomplices while on the run. “We want to reconstruct the past 48 hours in order to find out whether he got some support," said Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz. Three police officers on patrol shot dead prime suspect Cherif Chekatt in a suburb of Strasbourg on Tuesday night after he opened fire Credit: UGC Relief in Strasbourg came as France braces for a fifth straight Saturday of violent protests linked to the “yellow vest” movement against high taxes and low purchasing power. Mr Castaner urged protesters not to test exhausted security forces with the type of riots seen in Paris and Bordeaux over the last two weekends. "I can't stand the idea that today people applaud police forces and that tomorrow some people will think it makes sense to throw stones at us," he said after meeting officers. With the movement apparently losing steam after concessions by Emmanuel Macron, the French president said France needed “calm, order and to return to a normal way of working". Michel Delpuech, Paris’ police chief, said some 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles would be deployed in Paris as last week with the focus on preventing vandals from wreaking fresh destruction. In an act of defiance, attractions such as the Louvre museum and Opera Garnier will be open this weekend, unlike last Saturday. The protests have hit the economy, with output in the last quarter of the year set to be half initial projections, while Macron's concessions are likely to push the budget deficit above an EU agreed limit.


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”.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of emailed bomb threats

Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of emailed bomb threats Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.


Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy

Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy Six adults are facing charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a three-year-old child, Newark police announced Wednesday.


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May to EU leaders: Brexit deal can pass with your help

May to EU leaders: Brexit deal can pass with your help Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders Thursday that she could get her Brexit deal through parliament if they gave her the right assurances that it would not "trap" Britain in an indefinite customs union. The Conservative leader this week postponed a parliamentary vote on the deal in the face of huge opposition among MPs, including in her own party, who promptly launched a confidence vote against her. Addressing the other 27 European leaders at Brussels summit, May said the agreement struck with the bloc last month could still pass when MPs vote again in January.


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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


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.


Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman DENVER (AP) — Kelsey Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, captured on surveillance video entering a grocery store with what appears to be her 1-year-old daughter in a baby carrier. Weeks later, investigators don't know what happened to the 29-year-old Colorado mother.


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.


China's Early Gestures Alone Won't Settle Trade War, Ross Says

China's Early Gestures Alone Won't Settle Trade War, Ross Says Markets have jumped on signs that China may offer some of the concessions that the U.S. is seeking in trade negotiations, such as removing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. autos and considering plans to scale back its strategy for technology domination. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping during a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina agreed on a 90-day delay in imposing news tariffs while they try and work out a deal. “They’ve started to make some very early stage, very preliminary, but very welcome moves,” Ross said in an interview on Bloomberg TV on Thursday.


20 Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2019

20 Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2019 Nearly one-third of Americans plan to make a money resolution for 2019, according to a Fidelity Investments survey, with 48 percent of them planning to save more, 29 percent aiming to pay down debt and 15 percent aspiring to spend less. Identify financial goals. Before you can make progress toward any financial goals, identify what they are.


Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA

Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA A disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn’t going to


Plot Thickens for Carlos Ghosn: Financial Charges Filed in Japan, But Renault Declares He Did Nothing Wrong in France

Plot Thickens for Carlos Ghosn: Financial Charges Filed in Japan, But Renault Declares He Did Nothing Wrong in France In Japan, the former Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi chief faces as much as 10 years in prison, while Renault keeps him on as chairman and CEO after finding he did not break French finance laws.


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Cadillac's 3-row XT6 SUV loses camouflage for Detroit Auto Show

Cadillac's 3-row XT6 SUV loses camouflage for Detroit Auto Show Cadillac confirmed this week that the forthcoming XT6 crossover SUV will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The Caddy that we got a camouflaged sneak peek at a couple months ago has been confirmed for the Detroit Auto Show in January according to Automotive News. The XT6 SUV is expected to fill the vacancy in the Cadillac portfolio between the midsize XT5 crossover and the full-size Escalade, featuring three-rows of sets like its bigger sibling.


Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested

Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China.


Melania Trump interview: First lady says 'I don’t agree with Donald's tone sometimes'

Melania Trump interview: First lady says 'I don’t agree with Donald's tone sometimes' Melania Trump has told her combative husband to soften his tone, the first lady has revealed in a new interview. Ms Trump said she follows the day to day news of Mr Trump’s turbulent presidency and often gives him advice. Mr Hannity suggested the 48-year-old had a “different style” to her pugnacious husband.


VW teases Detroit-bound 2020 Passat with sketches

VW teases Detroit-bound 2020 Passat with sketches The collection of teaser sketches of the upcoming 2020 VW Passat show that the model is just getting some upgrades rather than a complete redesign. Volkswagen shared some sketches this week of the next Passat ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut in January. Car publication Auto Blog, who saw the car in the flesh but wasn't allowed to take pictures, said that the teased images accurately portray the real deal which is basically a "bigger, taller Jetta." VW stated that every body panel has been upgraded for the new model, despite its resemblance to the last generation.


Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campus

Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campus Jacob Anderson, accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student, has been banned from University of Texas at Dallas, but will receive a degree.


Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solution

Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solution The automaker Porsche has presented a prototype charging station in Germany with an output of up to 450kW. It can be used by electric models of all brands compatible with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS). Increasing the available charge capacity to up to 450kW considerably reduces the charging time, in turn increasing the number of vehicles able to use the technology in a given space of time.


Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance.

Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance. The Affordable Care Act is down but not out under Trump, and sorely needed given new realities of more chronic conditions and less employer insurance.


Pelosi’s Dealmaking Brings Her to Brink of Second Speakership

Pelosi’s Dealmaking Brings Her to Brink of Second Speakership The agreement to limit her time in the top job is a concession to a faction of House Democrats who’ve been agitating for a new generation of leaders to replace Pelosi and her top lieutenants to better reflect the party’s younger and more diverse base. “I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the deal. After Democrats won a House majority in the November election, Pelosi used a combination of pressure, persuasion and perks to whittle down her opponents.


Woman slams social media firms for baby ads after stillbirth

Woman slams social media firms for baby ads after stillbirth A woman whose child was stillborn has slammed the targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she returned home from the hospital and kept getting baby-related sales pitches. Gillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have figured out she'd lost the baby. "I know you knew I was pregnant," Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted Wednesday on The Washington Post and Twitter.


Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants

Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday. Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinising the dominant role played by the world's largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Despite bringing benefits, tech giants "tend to monopolise the market through their features such as... low costs and economies of scale," the report said.


Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless Bullying

Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless Bullying A middle school student in Delaware has been allowed to change his surname


Three Missing People Have Been Found Alive in an Abandoned West Virginia Coal Mine

Three Missing People Have Been Found Alive in an Abandoned West Virginia Coal Mine Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.


Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei exec

Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei exec SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada should distance itself from U.S. "hegemonism" and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China's Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington's request, state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial. Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions. The United States needs to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of her arrest, which a Canadian judge will weigh to determine whether the case against Meng is strong enough.


Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter.


Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.


Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody

Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.


4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student

4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.


Correction: California Wildfires-Cleanup story

Correction: California Wildfires-Cleanup story SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about California wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that insurance carriers paid $11.8 billion to 2017 Northern California wine country wildfire victims. Insurance companies paid $10 billion.


Nancy Pelosi Secures Votes of Rebel Lawmakers by Agreeing to Support Term Limits

Nancy Pelosi Secures Votes of Rebel Lawmakers by Agreeing to Support Term Limits It effectively gives Pelosi the backing she needs from her caucus for speaker’s gavel


Chinese Arrest and Trump’s Boast Drag Trudeau Into Huawei Feud

Chinese Arrest and Trump’s Boast Drag Trudeau Into Huawei Feud State security officers seized Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service, in Beijing on Monday, in relation to a national security investigation. The arrest comes nine days after Canada’s capture of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng was granted bail Tuesday, and while the timing of Kovrig’s arrest has analysts suggesting a possible tit-for-tat motivation, neither China nor Canada has yet linked the two cases.


Protesters oppose Republican moves to hobble next Michigan governor

Protesters oppose Republican moves to hobble next Michigan governor More than 100 protesters took to Michigan's state capitol on Wednesday to oppose efforts by the US state's Republican-led legislature to limit the powers of its incoming Democratic governor. Similar scenes played out last week in nearby Wisconsin, where state Republicans passed measures to significantly curb the authority of the Democrat who beat the incumbent Republican governor in the November midterm elections. Critics say the legislative maneuvers are a concerted effort by Republicans to deny power to Democrats who will be taking office in January in states where Republicans control the legislature but have lost executive offices.


The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran

The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local):


In Iceland, 13 'Yule Lads' come to town to herald Christmas

In Iceland, 13 'Yule Lads' come to town to herald Christmas MYVATN, Iceland (AP) — The people of northern Iceland have had their travel plans disrupted with a record high snowfall this December. Roads have been shut, flights cancelled and school suspended.


Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.