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Television is still the most dominant media, but more young adults are connecting via Internet

Middle-age Americans spend the most time consuming video, online content and other media, but younger adults are more likely to be digitally-focused using internet-connected TV devices, apps and the web, a new Nielsen survey finds.

Consumers, on average, spent about 10 hours and 24 minutes interacting with media each day during the April-June 2018 period, according to Nielsen's Q2 2018 Total Audience Report, published Wednesday.


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Belgium reckons with its 'brutal' colonial past — by upending the institution that glorified it

>Election of first black mayor and revamping of the colonial museum are signs of change

Pierre Kompany's grandfather worked for a diamond company in the Kasai region of the former Belgian Congo in the early 1900s, collecting money from local villages in a job that would give the family its name.

"He would collect payments from all the shops in the village that sold European products," Kompany said.

"At the end of the month, people were saying, 'Company is coming.' And … the name stuck. He was Mr. Company."


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Boy Scouts of America Mulls Filing for Bankruptcy Due to Sex Abuse Lawsuits


They may not be prepared or ready for this but the Boy Scouts of America is considering declaring bankruptcy. The organization has been hobbled by shrinking membership and the spate of expensive sex abuse allegations.

So serious are the plans for such that sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the leaders within the organization have already hired Chicago law firm Sidley Austin to draft a potential Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.

Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city.

They didn’t have to wait long Tuesday for someone to take the bait.

“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken,” said police Capt. James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission. “We thought it was a mistake at first.”


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Anti-White Bullies Cause 9-Year-Old Black Girl To Hang Herself


"Why you riding with white people? You're black, you're ugly. You should just die." Those are the words that 9-year-old McKenzie Adams had to…

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Theresa May Survives Vote Of No Confidence By The Tories


May said shortly after the results of the vote were announced that she would be fighting for changes to her Brexit deal at an EU summit Thursday. "I am pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight's ballot," May said. "Whilst I am grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me and I have listened to what they said."

May also added that a "renewed mission - delivering the Brexit people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that really works for everyone".

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Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite

Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games services suite free for all developers and open to all engines, platforms, and stores.

As explained in a press release, developers are free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as they wish, and all services will be operated in a privacy-friendly, GDPR-compliant manner.

The service launch will begin with a SDK encapsulating Epic's online services, together with Unreal Engine and Unity integrations. From there, it will start with a core set of features and expand over time.

Some specific features outlined are cross-platform login, friends, presence, profiles, and entitlements (slated for release within the first six months of 2019 to PC and other platforms throughout 2019).

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CA - Burglar Trapped for 2 Days In Grimy Vent of Chinese Restaurant Rescued


First responders amazingly managed to rescue someone who got perilously trapped for about two days in a grimy vent at a vacant Chinese restaurant in San Lorenzo. How the man ended up there is another interesting story on its own. He is suspected of being a trespasser, and possibly a burglar. But of course, everyone needs to be rescued and the responders rose up to the challenge of fulfilling their duty no matter the circumstances.

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New Jersey - Six Charged With Beating, Burning 3-Year-Old Boy


Police in Newark arrested six people in connection with what the local media has dubbed a "house of horrors" for a 3-year-old boy who was repeatedly beaten and even scaled with boiling water at the residence. According to police, the 3-year-old boy's mother is one Natacha Smith, 43, she and five other people were arrested for the alleged ring of abuse surrounding the boy.

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How to stop Apple and Google from tracking you

Apple and Google can track your every move. But there are ways to mitigate this or shut it down.

The tracking and snooping that Apple and Google do isn’t necessarily a nefarious plot to spy on you. It can make apps more useful. For example, data used by Google Maps can be helpful in getting directions.

That said, it’s not always clear how app providers harvest and use this data. There's no telling, for example, how a shopping or dating app may use your data.


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Firefox 64 Brings Improved Tab Management, Native Sharing on Windows 10

Mozilla today released Firefox 64 to all users. The update brings a bunch of new features, though most of them aren’t anything major.

The big new change here is the new tab management features. You can now select multiple tabs (CTRL+Shift+click) from the tab bar and move them around, close, bookmark, or pin very quickly. The feature is a bit confusing to use at first, though once you get used to it, things do get much better and quicker.

The update brings improved performance for those on Mac and Linux, thanks to the new link-time optimization tech that landed on Windows with Firefox 63. The update also introduces a new Task Manager feature, accessible from about:performance that details exactly how much energy is used by each of the tabs you have open.

And on Windows 10, the update brings support for the native sharing experience — so when you now share a webpage from Firefox, it will now open the native share sheet in Windows 10, letting you use features like Nearby Share, for example.



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Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Getting a Chilly Reception

When Apple Inc. introduced the iPad eight years ago, media executives rejoiced.

“Sit down once a day and pray to thank Steve Jobs that he is saving the publishing industry,” the head of German publisher Axel Springer said about the tablet in 2010.

But the idea of paging through a magazine on an iPad never really caught on. Newspapers and magazines have continued to struggle. Subscriptions have dwindled for many publications, and ad revenue has shifted to the likes of Google and Facebook Inc.

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Lieu: ‘I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech’ but First Amendment Stops Me

Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) said he would "love to be able to regulate the content of speech" during an interview Wednesday, noting he was prevented from doing that by the First Amendment.

Lieu got attention a day earlier when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, assailing conservative claims of the tech giant's bias against them by reading positive and negative stories about Republican Reps. Steve Scalise (La.) and Steve King (Iowa), the latter of whom has repeatedly courted controversy with racially charged remarks.

After CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for the "clever" stunt, she wondered if Democrats should have used more of their time to question the Google leader about how it and other tech companies can work to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and other online trolling.

"It's a very good point you make," Lieu said. "I would love if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I don't get that opportunity. However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that's simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it's better the government does not regulate the content of speech."

He added he would urge private companies to regulate their platforms more themselves but repeated the government shouldn't play that role.

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Company Offers $100K To Someone Who Can Last a Year Sans Smartphone


Can any modern person living in this technology-obsessed world ever survive without a smartphone, not just for a day but for an entire year?…

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Fire Rages at Google Offices in Beijing


Google has come under heavy fire as of late - this time by way of a burning inferno at the Beijing, China offices in the Zhongguancun tech…

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Caravan ‘Migrants’ Demand Trump Pay $50,000 Each to Leave


The Caravan invasion of migrants towards the United States has been believed since day one to be a controlled and heavily-financed globalist…

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I don't know who started 'rumor' about travel warning for China

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday dismissed reports that the U.S. is considering warning its citizens against travel to China.

“I’m not so sure what provoked the rumor about the travel advisory,” he told CNBC, according to Reuters.

“We haven’t made any announcement and, as far as I know, haven’t made any decision," Ross added.

Reuters and the Financial Times on Wednesday each reported that the U.S. was weighing whether to warn citizens not to travel to China over fears that Beijing may retaliate in response to the arrest of a top executive at the technology giant Huawei.


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US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

He also urged the council to prevent Iran from circumventing existing arms restrictions by authorizing the inspection of ships in ports and stopping them on the high seas.

"Iran's ballistic missile activity is out of control," Pompeo said. "Iran has been on a testing spree and a proliferation spree that must come to an end."


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'Sesame Street' Team Takes on Child Homelessness

>A muppet named Lily will be featured in a Sesame Street in Communities initiative aimed at helping kids cope with homelessness.

WITH RED BRAIDS, PINK skin and no home, Lily is returning to the "Sesame Street" world to help children experiencing homelessness know they're not alone.

The 7-year-old muppet first appeared on a "Sesame Street" special in 2011 when her family was struggling with hunger. She'll now be back in town as her family stays with friends after losing their home, according to a release Wednesday by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the popular television series.

Through "videos, storybooks and interactive activities for families with children ages 2 to 6," Lily is the face of a new initiative that aims to "help mitigate the impact of the trauma and stigma that result from homelessness."


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France issues wanted poster for shooting suspect

French authorities have issued a wanted poster and are calling for witnesses amid a massive manhunt for the suspected shooter nearly 24 hours after a deadly attack at the Strasbourg Christmas market.

A photo of Cherif Chekatt, 29, who was born in Strasbourg, was distributed publicly Wednesday evening.

The poster warns: "Dangerous individual, above all do not intervene." It asks anyone with information that could help locate him to contact authorities.


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Countries detail plans after adopting UN migration accord

Government envoys and advocacy groups worked Tuesday to flesh out and refine a migration policy blueprint adopted by most United Nations countries, while one of the supporting states said it wanted to "clarify" its position because of perceived ambiguities in the pact opposed by several member nations.

The Global Compact for Migration is aimed at making mass migration safer, more orderly and more humane. The first international accord of its kind, it was approved Monday by 164 U.N. members at a conference in Marrakech, Morocco. At least 16 countries have rebuffed or hesitated to become signatories.


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Fentanyl now America's deadliest drug, federal health officials say

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced Wednesday, with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

It's the first time the synthetic opioid has been the nation's deadliest drug. From 2012 to 2015, heroin topped the list.

On average, in each year from 2013 to 2016, the rate of overdose deaths from Fentanyl increased by about 113 percent a year. The report said fentanyl was responsible for 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, up from just 4 percent in 2011.


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Missing Colorado mother seen in newly released video the day she vanished

>Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen on Thanksgiving and reported missing by her mother on Dec. 2.

Police in Colorado hope newly released surveillance video of Kelsey Berreth, missing since Thanksgiving, will lead to tips as they continue to investigate her disappearance.

Berreth, 29, was last seen in public on Nov. 22 at a Safeway grocery store in her hometown of Woodland Park. In the footage, posted Tuesday on the Woodland Park Police Department's Facebook page, Berreth is seen walking into the store holding her infant daughter's car seat.


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Son, grandsons find human bones in New York basement ID'd as father missing for decades

>George Carroll's wife never gave her four children a straight answer about what happened to their father who went missing in 1961, police said.

Human bones discovered in the basement of a New York home have been identified as those of a man who had been missing for nearly six decades, authorities said Wednesday. His death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Police say George Carroll's son and two grandsons found his remains on Oct. 30 while excavating the basement of the home in Lake Grove, New York.


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Five Marines identified after being declared dead in air crash near Japan

>The Marines said that circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.

Five U.S. Marines who were missing and declared dead after a collision involving a fighter jet and another military plane off the coast of Japan last week were identified Wednesday. The Marines said that circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines," Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury said in a statement. Maury is the commander of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, to which the five Marines were assigned.


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California "text tax" would add fee to phone bills for text messages

Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on text messaging to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents.

A texting surcharge could help sustain the Public Purpose Program budget, which has risen to $998 million in 2017 from $670 million in 2011, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the telecom industry that funds the program has declined to $11.3 billion last year from $16.5 billion in 2011, the CPUC report stated.


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US diplomats showed inner ear damage after mysterious 'health attacks' in Cuba

American diplomats showed inner ear damage after mysterious "health attacks" at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, according to research released by the University of Miami on Wednesday.

“Objective testing showed evidence of a balance disorder that affects the inner ear and a unique pattern of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction,” Dr. Michael E. Hoffer said.

“What caused it, who did it, why it was done - we don’t know any of those things.”


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Facebook no longer the top place to work in America

A year ago, Facebook touted its ranking as the top employer in the U.S. by employment site Glassdoor. How things have changed in 2018.

A year later, Facebook has slid to No. 7 on Glassdoor's annual ranking of employers, which is based on thousands of employee reviews of senior management, compensation and other workplace concerns. Several employers including In-And-Out Burger pulled ahead of the social media giant, Glassdoor said.

The tumble comes as Facebook has struggled with a series of scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica allegations and new revelations that Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg asked employees to look into billionaire George Soros' finances after he criticized the company.


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Canadian government 'deeply concerned' as China detains ex-diplomat

>International Crisis Group says it's 'doing everything possible' to find its employee and secure his release

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig has been arrested and detained in China without explanation, the Canadian government confirmed Tuesday.

"Obviously we are aware of the situation of a Canadian detained in China," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his way into question period Tuesday. "We have been in direct contact with the Chinese diplomats and representatives. We are engaged on the file, which we take very seriously, and we are providing consular assistance to the family."


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Putin defends jailing of 77-year-old activist

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday defended the jailing of an elderly rights activist over calls to protest, stressing he wants to prevent events like France's "yellow vest" revolt.

The Russian leader was responding to an appeal to free 77-year-old Sergei Ponomaryov, a prominent rights activist who is serving 16 days in police cells for urging people to take part in an unauthorised rally.

As a result, Ponomaryov was unable to attend the funeral Tuesday of a longtime comrade, veteran rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, while Putin attended the memorial ceremony.

Putin told the presidential rights council, an advisory body, that he would ask Russia's Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika "to look more carefully" at Ponomaryov's case but added that it was "very difficult" for him to question the fairness of court decisions.


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Duck.com now points to DuckDuckGo, not Google

Non-tracking search engine, DuckDuckGo, is now a little easier to find online after the company acquired the premium generic domain name duck.com — thereby shaving a few letters off its usual URL.

This means browsing to duck.com now automatically redirects to DuckDuckGo .com.

The twist in this tale is that duck.com’s prior owner was Google. And DDG had accused the search giant of anti-competitive behavior — by pointing duck.com to its own search engine, Google.com, and thus “consistently” confusing DDG users (duck.co having long pointed to the DDG community page.)…

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Baby-faced yobs, aged 13 to 15, named and shamed after terrorising town

>Jayden Burdern, aged 13, Riley Gaffney, aged 14, and 15-year-old Reigan Gaffney, of Crewe, wreaked havoc in Congleton, Cheshire

Three baby-faced thugs who terrorised a town have been named and shamed by police.

Jayden Burdern, aged 13, Riley Gaffney, aged 14, and 15-year-old Reigan Gaffney ‘wreaked havoc’ on Congleton, in Cheshire.

But the trio, who are all from Crewe, have now been handed two-year criminal behaviour orders (CBOs).

They are banned from hanging around with a number of other youths in the Crewe area

They are also not allowed to travel on public transport without an adult.


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Gamer charged by Australia police after 'livestreaming assault'

A Sydney gamer heard on a livestream allegedly hitting a woman was charged with assault by Australian police Monday, after the incident went viral on social media.

The 26-year-old was using the Twitch video platform to broadcast himself playing the popular shoot-'em-up survival game Fortnite when the alleged assault happened on Sunday night.

Footage shared on Twitter showed the man, who was not named, shouting to someone offscreen "I said I'll be out soon" before moving away from the computer monitor.

A woman's voice is later heard saying "woman basher" and yells "you hit me in the face, don't you dare touch my face, you hear that, all you people there?"

The argument continues, with further yelling and crying offscreen as the man moves to and from his monitor and shouts "leave me alone".

In a second video, more yelling is heard between the pair as a child nearby cries.


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Japan – Shrinking Population Means Tokyo Forced To Allow Immigration

The discovery of Japan by the west is a tale of legends. As American gunboats entered it’s harbors back in the 19th century, the samurai realized they needed to modernize quickly. In doing so, they became an economic world power whilst keeping its time honored traditions and respecting the population’s desire to stick to old values and traditions. Foreigners were only allowed in a handful and asylum seekers had no chance.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43594-Japan-Shrinking-Population-Means-Tokyo-Forced-To-Allow-Immigration

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Huawei War - China Jails Canadian Diplomat, Bail For Wanzhou Set At $7.5 Million

A former Canadian diplomat has been detained for unknown reasons in China. That is what his current employer and two other sources say. The arrest of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig comes shortly after the arrest of Huawei CFO Ms Meng Wanzhou in Canada.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43616-Huawei-War-China-Jails-Canadian-Diplomat-Bail-For-Wanzhou-Set-At-7-5-Million

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France - Xmas Market Terrorist’s Family Arrested, 720 Police Engaged In Manhunt

Near the Christmas market in the center of the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday evening, at least three people were killed and thirteen injured after a man with an automatic weapon started shooting. The perpetrator is still on the run. The threat level in France was increased and investigators confirmed a terrorist attack.


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Massive Samsung Galaxy S10 leak details storage size, price and release date

While previous rumors hinted that Samsung would reveal its new flagship smartphone (the so-called Galaxy S10) during or the day before MWC, we didn’t have a firm date. But a new leak has pegged the unveiling on February 20, suggests it'll be available for preorder then, and will be formally released on March 8, according to a source who spoke to Gizmodo UK.

Today's report also lays out specs and pricing. The leak affirms previous rumors of three total Galaxy S10 ‘Beyond’ handsets (Samsung’s internal name for the phone series, which the industry assumed would be called the S10). There'll be a standard version, Plus version, and a cheaper model with a flat (non-curved) screen. (This is likely the more basic third model rumored elsewhere to be called the S10 Lite.)

The phone is said to come with the ‘Infinity-O’ hole for a front-facing camera in one corner, lending yet more credence to this heavily-rumored design feature.

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Microsoft Tests Splitting up Search and Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft is testing an interesting new change in Windows 10. The company released a new Windows 10 19H1 build earlier in the week with some new features, and although it didn’t officially announce the change, it seems like the company is A/B testing some changes to the taskbar.

Windows 10 19H1 could split up Cortana and Search into two different buttons: search, and Cortana. Search will allow you to search the web as well as your local files, apps, documents, emails, etc., while Cortana will simply be the place for keeping track of your Cortana Notebook, Reminders, Cortana Settings, and Cortana-powered devices. You’ll also be able to perform voice commands as usual.

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puma reissues 1986 smart sneaker that was way ahead of its time

puma was ahead of the game in 1986 when it launched the RS-computer sneaker, the OG smart running shoe with a computer chip built into its chunky heel module. it could record distance, time, and calories and was considered extremely advanced for its time. now thirty-two years later, the sportswear giant is bringing those kicks back, proving that no matter how flooded the market is with modern day wearables, there’s always room for a little retro-inspired nostalgia.

puma has upgraded RS (running system) shoe with sophisticated tech features but kept the same retro design. material-wise, it is still decked in a textile and leather upper, padded collar, multiplex four midsole technology, a rubber outsole and a unique, extended TPU heel that once housed the computer chip. the original lunar rock – limestone – peacoat colorway remains.

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ZeniMax Agrees to Settle Facebook VR Lawsuit

Game company ZeniMax Media said it is has agreed to settle litigation against Facebook, Oculus and individual executives alleging misappropriation of its virtual-reality technology.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

ZeniMax sued Facebook in 2014 after Id Software co-founder John Carmack joined Oculus as chief technology officer. In the suit, which sought as much as $4 billion in damages, alleged Carmack and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey stole trade secrets and used them to create the Oculus Rift headset.

A federal jury in early 2017 returned a verdict in favor of ZeniMax, awarding $500 million in damages for copyright infringement and breach of contract but finding that Oculus did not steal trade secrets. In June 2018, a federal district court judge cut the damage award to $250 million, tossing out the damages against Luckey and ex-Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe as well as denying ZeniMax’s motion to ban sales of Oculus headsets. The parties appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; the appeal was pending when ZeniMax reached the settlement with Facebook.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Slams Political Bias At Google, Urges Internal Investigation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) urged Google CEO Sundar Pichai to launch an investigation into political bias today, citing Breitbart News’ recent exclusive report into anti-conservative activities in the company’s workforce.

Pichai, who was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, faced a string of tough questions from Gaetz.

“Have you ever launched an investigation into whether political bias is impacting the consumer experience?” asked Gaetz.

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President's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen faces jail over hush money to Stormy Daniels

>Follow the latest updates as once-fiercely loyal attorney faces the music

Donald Trump's presidency will come under renewed scrutiny today when his former personal attorney and confidant Michael Cohen is sentenced in New York for paying “hush money” to two women over their alleged affairs with the president.

Mr Cohen pleaded guilty in August to paying out six-figure payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in a bid to protect his client during the 2016 presidential campaign.


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Twelve Israelis Suspected of Running Child Sex Trafficking Network in Colombia

>Six Israelis arrested, Colombian authorities say ■ Network allegedly sold 'tourism packages' including prostitutes – some of whom were minors

Law enforcement authorities in Colombia suspect 12 Israelis of running a sex-trafficking network alongside two Colombians. The office of Colombia's attorney general said eight of the suspects have been arrested, including six Israelis.

The alleged sex trafficking ring provided Israeli travelers with “tourism packages” that included prostitutes, some of whom were minors, who received between 200,000 pesos ($63) to 400,000 pesos ($126) in return for sexual services.


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PA - Lawyer Steals Wife’s Identity To Open Credit Cards to Fund Porn, Strippers

A general practice lawyer who had been accused of defrauding his clients in the past didn’t spare even his former wife, stealing her identity to open credit cards which he then used to lavishly finance his lewd hobbies- porn and strippers.


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Crypto - Bitcoin Holds Above $3k While Susucoin Develops App

Bitcoin is holding steady above $3,000 as most major stock markets around the world are entering bear territory for the year. Investors are hoping that the temporary floor of around $3,400 for the most famous crypto will hold and serve as a jump off point from where Bitcoin can once again reach to greater heights.


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Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Trolls Of Double Standard Over Paul Ryan Welcome

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is without any doubt the rising star of progressive America. Although Beto O’Rourke may be the man to watch out for the 2020 primaries, it is Ocasio-Cortez who gets under the skin of conservative America easiest (together with Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar of course).


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Angry Vikings Fan Puts U.S. Bank Stadium On Sale For $1,000,000,000 On Craigslist


When you try to go to the original listing, you get a message that the post has already been flagged for removal. The disgruntled Vikings fan posted the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to the classified advertisements section of Craigslist after the football team lost 21-7 to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

It is unclear if the fan was seriously trying to sell the building or at least make some kind of cash out of the listing, or if it was purely intended to be satire. I'll let you be the judge, here is what he wrote:

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Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music raises $1.1bn at bottom range of IPO target Save

Tencent Music, the streaming division of Chinese technology giant Tencent, will raise $1.07 billion from the pricing of its US public share offering.

The group will enter the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday with an initial public offering (IPO) of $13 a share, it said in a document filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Even though that puts the IPO at the low end of the range shown in documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it still values Tencent Music at $21.3 billion in what would be one of the largest tech debuts on Wall Street.


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Leave Meghan and her baby bump alone - her only crime is being female and royal

Britain lurches one step closer to a constitutional crisis. France is in flames. The US president is threatening to “shut down the government.” And what do some people get upset about this week? A pregnant woman cradling her baby bump.


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Gunman kills 4, then himself, after Mass at Brazil cathedral

A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.

The mass shooting, a rarity in Latin America's largest nation, happened right after the midday service had ended at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Sao Paulo.

"It's so sad," said Wilson Cassante, a press officer with the archdiocese. "It's hard to imagine the pain this has caused."


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France - Macron Breaks EU Budget Rules To Please Protesters

Just like Prime Minister Theresa May over in the UK, it would now appear that President Macron of France is also doing everything possible to remain in power. If financial analysts are to be believed, all Mr Macron’s promises to the ‘yellow vests’ movements could mean that France cripples the EU budget rules, which would make a world of difference for anyone wanting to criticize Italy for doing the same.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43617-France-Macron-Breaks-EU-Budget-Rules-To-Please-Protesters

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Texas man who killed newlywed during robbery is executed

A Texas man who fatally shot a husband and sexually assaulted his wife during a 1993 robbery was executed Tuesday evening.

Alvin Braziel Jr., 43, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 1993 slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White, who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail.

"I would like to apologize for the second time to Lori for her husband dying at my hands," Braziel said as a final statement from the death chamber gurney. He did not mention the sexual assault, The Dallas Morning News reported.


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Street paved with chocolate in Germany after colossal spill at sweets factory

>Fire crews use fire hoses and blow torches to clean up a sticky situation

A Christmas miracle occurred in a west German town late on Monday, when a tonne of chocolate flowed out of a factory, repaving the streets with fresh milk chocolate.

“A small technical defect” caused a delivery tank at artisan chocolate makers DreiMeister to overflow, according to a local newspaper, sending a vast quantity of molten chocolate cascading down the middle of a road in the town of Well and solidifying on the chilly tarmac.


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Trump shutdown threat forces Dems to be transparent on border security; Cohen faces sentencing

Neither President Trump nor Democrats are backing down after Trump threatened to shut down the government over border security funding in an on-camera clash with Dem leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen will be sentenced Wednesday for tax evasion, making illegal hush-money payments and lying to Congress about Trump's business dealings

Attorneys for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have asked that he receive probation and community service for lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe


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Brexit - PM May Faces Shock Replacement Vote Today

Enough members of the ruling Tory conservative party have been found willing to send in a letter of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May to call for an unprecedented leadership vote (for which at least 48 Member of Parliament have to call).

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43615-Brexit-PM-May-Faces-Shock-Replacement-Vote-Today

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South Africa - ‘Black Land First’ President to Whites: “We'll Kill Their Children…”

The racist governance of South Africa has done nothing like the ongoing White genocide against farming families continues, and now Black Land First President Andile Mngxitama says “we'll white children” who get in their way.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43614-South-Africa-Black-Land-First-President-to-Whites-We-ll-Kill-Their-Children

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Tennessee - Illegal Alien Sneaks in Home and Raped a Six-Year-Old Girl Multiple Times

Police and the district attorney in Lebanon, Tennessee have brought charges against a lowlife illegal alien burglar, who authorities say broke into a home and raped a six-year-old girl.


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'I will be born again': First wave of Syrian refugees set to become Canadian citizens

>Language requirements, high fees remain barriers for some newcomers seeking citizenship

Three years ago, the first government plane filled with Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war touched down in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a point of personally welcoming that initial wave of newcomers with donations of warm clothing and an invitation to join the Canadian "family."

Today, those recent arrivals mark a significant milestone: they've met the three-year residency requirement that makes them eligible to become Canadian citizens.

Some will swiftly embrace the opportunity to apply, while others face major barriers ranging from language proficiency requirements to prohibitive application fees.


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New Footage Strengthens Palestinian Claims That Israeli Soldiers Killed Palestinian Who Wasn't Prote

Videos published by B'Tselem show Mohammad Khossam Khabali walking away from soldiers, assisted by a cane, before falling to the ground ■ IDF claims soldiers opened fire to quell the riot

New videos published on Tuesday by Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem strengthen Palestinian claims that Mohammad Khossam Khabali, who was shot to death in Tulkarm last week, was fired at despite the fact that he did not attend a protest or a riot in the area.


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France - Strasbourg Christmas Market Terrorist Escapes - Video Of Shooting


During a shooting near a Christmas market in the center of the French city Strasbourg around eight o'clock yesterday evening, according to French Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner, three people were killed and twelve were injured: six of them remain in a very serious condition.

The 29-year-old shooter, known to police for radicalization and extremist Islamic beliefs, is still on the run, citizens were told to stay inside until 5 o’clock this morning. In order to prevent the perpetrator from evacuating the country, the borders with Germany and Luxembourg are secured extra tightly.

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‘I very much relate to that Peter Parker – he wears sweatpants’

In 2011, when Spider-Man was resurrected in the Ultimate universe as a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales, jeers to the tune of ‘PC gone mad’ ensued. Fox News and conservative commentator Glen Beck weighed into the discussion. Outraged fans, having entirely forgetten Miguel O’Hara, the Irish-Latino hero of Spider-Man 2099, took to Marvel’s message board.

Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee predictably became Miles’ earliest cheerleader, claiming that “Doing our bit to try to make our nation, and the world, color blind is definitely the right thing.”


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Republic, Washington to Become First US Second Amendment Sanctuary City


Asking local law enforcement agencies to engage in new measures to remove the right to bear arms from law abiding citizens is both costly and time-consuming. Many agencies simply don't have the resources or manpower to complete the necessary requirements of the new measure.

The battle continues to rage throughout Washington, with some hoping the measure will go to the Supreme Court.

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ICE Arrested 170 Illegal Immigrants Thanks To Background Checks


Just this Tuesday, President Trump reminded Democrat leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, that the Border agents stopped 10 gang members in a very short period of time. It seems that the President's claim is true as details emerged regarding a massive number of illegal immigrants being arrested thanks to background checks.

People who come forward to sponsor children in government custody are subject to background checks, and if you are in the United States illegally you will almost certainly face deportation when the government finds out you broke the law. Federal officials arrested 170 illegal immigrants in America thanks to the background checks.

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Japan to effectively block China telecom giants

Japan's government has decided to revise its procedures for purchasing telecommunications equipment, a move that would effectively exclude Chinese telecom giants.

Officials in charge of cybersecurity in each ministry and agency made the decision at a meeting on Monday to prevent data leaks in cyberattacks.

The government has until now bought telecom equipment based solely on price. But from the fiscal year starting next April, officials are to take into account national security risks, such as whether products are programmed with malicious functions in the development and production process.

Officials plan to see whether equipment already purchased until this fiscal year has such functions.


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Judge Calls Clinton Emails One Of 'Gravest Modern Offenses To Government Transparency’

Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy just got a new jump start. A federal judge ordered additional fact-finding into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email was a deliberate effort to thwart the Freedom of Information Act.


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Egypt restricts yellow vests sales to avoid copycat protests

Egyptian authorities have quietly introduced restrictions on the sale of yellow reflective vests, fearing opponents might attempt to copy French protesters during next month's anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security officials and retailers said Monday.

They said industrial safety equipment dealers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict business to wholesale sales to verified companies, but only after securing police permission. They were told offenders would be punished, the officials said without elaborating.


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Minecraft Creator Notch: “There Is Clearly an Agenda Against White Men”


The notorious creator of the smash-hit gaming series Minecraft Markus Persson, aka “Notch,” has thrown his hat into the political arena sparking anger among leftists. This, after he tweeted, “There clearly is an agenda against White men.”

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Legionella bacteria found in Dublin city offices

>Dame Street rates office building shut down after the discovery of disease-causing bacteria

Dublin city’s rates office has been closed down and its staff moved following the discovery of the bacteria which causes legionnaires’ disease in its water system.

Annual water tests carried out by Dublin City Council in September found traces of legionella in one water system in the men’s toilets in the basement of the rates office, a Georgian building opposite City Hall on Dame Street.


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Iranian forest rangers resuscitate lizard (and save thousands of animals)

This isn’t something you see every day: in the video below, a man gives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a lizard. This took place in Iran, where forest rangers managed to save this lizard from drowning.

Iranian forest rangers are at the forefront of the battle to save the country’s wildlife. In Iran, wild animals can fall prey to a variety of dangers, including poaching and food scarcity brought on by drought. According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization, approximately 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought.


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MI - Boy, 12, Takes Odd Jobs To Buy Gravestone For Departed Best Friend


He is only 12 years old but a boy from Michigan already exhibits a heart of gold and an admirable sense of love and loyalty to his departed best friend. The boy is working on various odd jobs when he could just be relaxing at home, watching television or fidgeting with his gadgets. Instead, he is raking leaves, collecting bottles, and others to earn money to afford a headstone for his best friend who succumbed to leukemia and its complications earlier this year.

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UN migration pact agreed to by more than 150 countries

>Several countries since July have pulled support for Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

A majority of UN states adopted on Monday a non-binding global pact to better handle migrant flows, Morocco's foreign minister said, though fewer governments joined than had previously worked on the proposal.

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced the decision as host of the UN conference in Marrakesh. There was no formal vote.

In July, all 193 UN members except the United States finalized the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to better handle migration.


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Threshold reached to trigger no confidence vote in Theresa May - reports

>Prime minister says she is busy dealing with Brexit when asked about her political future

Enough letters have been submitted by Conservative politicians to trigger a vote of no confidence in British prime minister Theresa May’s leadership, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Citing multiple sources the broadcaster said MPs believe the tally of 48 letters has been reached.

It said the chairman of the Conservative 1922 committee, Graham Brady, has asked to see Mrs. May on Wednesday after her weekly question session in parliament.


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A soldier says a stranger's Christmas card got him through Vietnam. He just met the sender

John Metzler keeps the letter he said got him through the Vietnam War tucked behind a picture on a shelf in a humble home in Wendell, Idaho.

"It's written by a girl in the sixth grade," John said.

John was a 23-year-old Army helicopter sniper and didn't know the girl.

"When you got up in the morning you always wondered whether you would see the sun go down at night," John said.


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Jamaica resorts covered up sexual assaults, silenced victims for years

Corrections & Clarifications: This story has been updated to clarify TripAdvisor's role in a removed comment.

She woke up on the shower floor crying and naked – choke marks on her neck, scratches on her body.

The 18-year-old au pair vacationing in Jamaica had no idea how she wound up in a bathroom near the pool until hours later: She had been drugged and raped, she said, and the resort did nothing to help her.

Instead, Sandals Resorts paid her American host family $25,000 as a refund for the July trip and had the parents sign a nondisclosure agreement, vowing to never speak of the incident.


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Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'

The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System.

It was launched 16 days before its twin craft, Voyager 1, but that probe's faster trajectory meant that it was in "the space between the stars" six years before Voyager 2.

The news was revealed at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington.

And chief scientist on the mission, Prof Edward Stone, confirmed it.


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China Threatens Canada Over Huawei CFO Arrest

China demands that Canada releases Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou immediately. The daughter of the electronics company owner was arrested a week ago at the request of the US and is waiting for extradition in Vancouver.


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Medicinal cannabis bill passes, with regulated market promised within a year and a legal defence

The Government has passed its medicinal cannabis bill, which will establish a regulated scheme within a year and give those close to death a legal defence before then.

After a long road to third reading the bill passed on Tuesday afternoon with the support of Labour, the Greens, and NZ First.

Both the Greens and NZ First won some concessions to the bill, which has been criticized by medicinal marijuana advocates for not going far enough - and by National as "decriminalization by stealth".


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Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou released on bail in Canada

The chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been granted bail by a Canadian court.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested on 1 December and could be extradited to the US to face fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.

A judge in Vancouver set bail at C$10m (£6m; $7.4m). She will be under surveillance 24 hours a day and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

US President Donald Trump now says he is willing to intervene in the case.


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Defying Trump, Saudi Arabia chooses 'Saudi first' oil policy at OPEC meeting

President Donald Trump has told foreign leaders that "America First" means he will always put the needs of America ahead of the needs of other nations — and that they should do the same for their own country.

Saudi Arabia's leadership appears to be on board with that message.

Last week, Saudi Arabia disregarded Trump's public pressure campaign to keep pumping at full throttle and cut fuel costs. The kingdom instead persuaded two dozen oil producers to cut output and announced a steep drop in Saudi production over the next two months.


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Democratic House panel could investigate ties between Kushner, Saudi crown prince

The House Foreign Affairs Committee could investigate ties between senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader probe into the Trump administration's response to the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who is poised to become the committee's chairman in the 116th Congress, will prioritize an investigation into "what has driven the U.S. response to the Jamal Khasshogi murder," a Democratic aide told CNN on Monday.


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Neo-Nazi sentenced to life in prison for Charlottesville protest death

>An American neo-Nazi who drove his car into a group of counter-protesters last year during a white supremacist rally in Virginia, killing a woman, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

James Alex Fields Jr, 21, was found guilty of murder and other charges last week following a two-week jury trial in Charlottesville.

The same seven-woman, five-man jury that convicted Fields sentenced him to life in prison on Tuesday and an additional 419 years.

Fields rammed his car into the counter-protesters on August 12, 2017, killing 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of other people.


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Egypt Restricts the Sale of Yellow Vests Suspecting that Egyptians Might Copy the French

Officials and retailers revealed to the Associated Press (AP) on 10 December that Egyptian authorities have ordered them to restrict the sale of the yellow vests fearing that Egyptian protesters might copy the French’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests in light of the eighth anniversary of the 2011 spring.

According to AP, the officials informed the safety equipment resellers to limit the sales of their yellow reflective vests to verified firms with the proper security permissions. The dealers were also advised not to sell their vests to walk-in clients and buyers and have been warned that perpetrator would be punished.


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Millionaire property tycoon, 40, admits killing lover Natalie Connolly, 26, after cocaine-fuelled

>John Broadhurst, 40, was part way through his murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court when he changed his plea to guilty

A MILLIONAIRE property tycoon has admitted killing his lover after a cocaine-fuelled S&M sex session at their £600,000 home.

John Broadhurst, 40, was part way through his murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court when he today plead guilty to battering Natalie Connolly, 26, to death.

A court heard the couple had spent a day drinking alcohol and taking cocaine before engaging in "rough sex" on December 18, 2016.

The mum-of-one's body was discovered wearing only a black skirt which was pulled up to her waist at the couple's house in Kinver, West Mids.

She in a pool of blood at the base of the staircase having suffered over 40 injuries - including blunt-force trauma to her head, buttocks, and breast.


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President Trump Exposes Pelosi And Schumer's Unwillingness To Fund Border Wall In Heated Exchange


Trump wasn't having any of Pelosi's Democrat droning and he interjected multiple times to correct her on border security. Pelosi seemingly just tuned him out and continued as if she were reading from a teleprompter. Eventually, Pelosi could no longer ignore the points that Trump was countering with and she went off script.

When responding to the border funding bill, Trump said, "Nancy, I'd have it passed in two seconds. It doesn't matter though because we can't get it passed in the Senate because we need ten Democrat votes. That's the problem". Pelosi had nothing to say to that other than, "Let us have our conversation when we meet with the press again."

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British man ‘put 13-month-old girl in TUMBLE DRYER and turned it on leaving her severely injured’

>Thomas Dunn was in court today accused of assaulting the baby and endangering her life on two occasions

A MAN is to stand trial accused of "endangering the life" of a 13-month-old girl by putting her in a tumble dryer and turning it on.

Thomas Dunn, 25, appeared in the dock today accused of assaulting the baby and endangering her life twice in the space of three weeks last winter.


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Businessman 'beat high-class escort to death before sending porn to other sex worker'

>Zahid Naseem, 48, allegedly struck Christina Abbotts 13 times with a pestle in an "unnecessary and pointless" killing

A finance chief battered a student turned high-class escort to death with a pestle in a "unnecessary and pointless" killing, a court heard today.

Zahid Naseem, 48, is said to have struck Christina Abbotts 13 times on the back of her head and then possibly strangled her.

A court heard today Ms Abbotts, 29, was found dead in a bed in Crawley, West Sussex, after friends raised the alarm when she failed to turn up to her own birthday party.

The sex worker, who had studied in Oxford and Cirencester, Glos., had been house-sitting for a mate who was away traveling in May this year.


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New mum dies hours after going missing from hospital in pyjamas and slippers

>New mum dies hours after going missing from a hospital in pajamas and slippers

A new mum has died just hours after going missing from a hospital.

Amanda Cox disappeared within days of giving birth at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.

She was last seen wearing black and white patterned pyjama bottoms and slippers.

But the 34-year-old, from Peebles in the Scottish Borders, was found collapsed around 10 pm on Monday.

Her death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, reports Edinburgh Live.


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Strasbourg shooting: Gunman kills four and injures 11 in Christmas Market 'terror attack'

>Strasbourg Christmas Market in the France city's Place Kleber has been evacuated after a gunman stormed the area

A terror probe has tonight been opened after a gunman killed at least four people and injured 11 others near Strasbourg Christmas Market.

The wounded were seen lying on the floor and desperately taking shelter as the market and nearby restaurants were evacuated.

Chilling videos capture terrified people cowering on the floor and running in fear.

Police armed with machine guns were seen running into Place Kleber.


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Two nuns admit embezzling cash for Vegas gambling trips

Two nuns who worked at a Catholic school in California have admitted embezzling about $500,000 (£396,000) and using it to gamble in Las Vegas.

Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang took the money from St James' Catholic School in the city of Torrance, near Los Angeles, to spend in casinos.

The pair, who are said to be best friends, took funds from an account holding tuition fees and donations.

The sisters, who recently retired, have expressed remorse for their actions.

Mary Kreuper was the school principal for 29 years, while Lana Chang worked as a teacher for about 20 years. They are thought to have stolen the money over a period of at least a decade to spend on travel and gambling.


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AIDSfree: Ed Sheeran backs Independent Christmas campaign as he donates T-shirt to charity auction

>All proceeds will go towards our appeal and help a project in Kenya that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV

Ed Sheeran has announced his support for our AIDSfree appeal as a limited edition T-shirt he designed goes on sale to raise funds.

All proceeds will go towards our appeal and help the Chukua Selfie programme, a project in Nairobi, Kenya, that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV.

Its broader aims are to protect young people from HIV, empower them to seek treatment if they are HIV positive and help stop the spread of the virus.


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>The birds will be relocated almost 400 miles away

Cádiz in Spain has pledged to remove 5,000 pigeons after local hotel owners claimed they were “menacing” tourists and putting people off visiting.

Horeca, a federation of hoteliers in the Spanish city, first brought up the issue two years ago, highlighting in particular that Cathedral Square, a popular tourist destination, was rife with the birds.


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Garlic oil effective at fighting bacteria that causes Lyme disease: study

According to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, in the United States, essential oils of garlic and myrrh show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The oils may also be useful in treating persistent symptoms of the disease.

The standard treatment for Lyme disease, of which there are an an estimated 30,000 cases per year in the United States according to this study, is a course of antibiotics, which usually clears the infection and resolves symptoms within a few weeks.

However, 10 to 20 per cent of patients report lingering symptoms such as fatigue, depression and joint pain that can persist for months or even years.


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NJ - Body Cam Footage Shows Dramatic Rescue of a Family Trapped in Condo Fire

This incident shows the heroism of first responders and how they gallantly save lives, with one officer not hesitating to come to the scene of the emergency at once even while off-duty. Body cam footage from North Brunswick Police Department shows the harrowing scenes of police officers working quickly and decisively to rescue an entire family from a burning second-floor apartment.


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US-China Technology War Puts Focus On Huawei Founder Family

The eyes of the world have focused on Chinese telecom company Huawei for a few days now. Since it became known that CFO Ms Meng Wanzhou was imprisoned because of alleged violations of US imposed sanctions against Iran, a move that has led to serious tensions between the US and China, everyone wants to know who they are, everyone is interested in the family.


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5 U.S. Marines missing since mid-air crash off Japan declared dead

The U.S. military has declared five missing crew members died after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

The search for the five, joined by Japanese and Australian forces, was halted Tuesday, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, the Marines said in a statement.

The five crew members were on a KC-130 refueling aircraft that collided Thursday with an F/A-18 Hornet during regularly scheduled training. It wasn't clear whether the aircraft was practicing refueling when the mishap occurred, officials said.


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Search for Kelsey Berreth, missing Colorado woman, intensifies as mother says ‘someone

The search for Kelsey Berreth, 29, the Colorado mother last seen on Thanksgiving, is being treated as a missing persons case “at this time,” officials said on Monday as Berreth’s mother pleaded for help in locating her daughter.

“She’s not the kind that runs off,” Cheryl Berreth stated at a press conference Monday afternoon. “This is completely out of character,” she said, while urging those with information to come forward. She also promoted the Facebook page devoted to locating her daughter.

“We’re all doing our best. Our sole goal is to get Kelsey out in front of everyone. As I said, she doesn’t run off and someone knows where she’s at.”


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Pacific nations resist US push to lift tuna quota

Pacific island nations have vowed to oppose US efforts to increase its catch limit in the world's largest tuna fishery, saying the proposal does nothing to improve sustainable fishing.

The United States is expected to try to increase its quota for bigeye tuna at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) taking place in Honolulu this week.

The meeting brings together 26 nations to determine fishing policy in the Pacific, which accounts for almost 60 percent of the global tuna catch, worth about $6.0 billion annually.

It is mostly made up of small island nations but also includes so-called "distant-water nations" that come from as far afield as Europe, China, the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan to fish Pacific tuna.


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Palm oil giant Wilmar International to combat deforestation using satellite monitoring of suppliers

'>This announcement is a potential breakthrough," says Greenpeace's Kiki Taufik

The world’s largest trader in palm oil has unveiled plans to use satellite monitoring to prevent further destruction of rainforests.

Wilmar International is backing a project by sustainability consultancy Aidenvironment to draw up a comprehensive mapping database of suppliers in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.

It has pledged to immediately suspend groups involved in deforestation or development on peatland, while also working with them to improve their operations.


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Belgium’s Africa Museum reopens to confront its pro-colonial past

>Belgium's Africa Museum reopened on Sunday after five years of renovations designed to modernize the museum following years of criticism for its pro-colonial propaganda. Despite this, the DRC has still called for the return of artifacts.

"We also assume our responsibility that for more than 60 years, we've diffused, we've disseminated an image of a superior, Western way of thinking to African cultures," said museum director Guido Gryseels.

In the large rotunda, a statue remains of a European missionary with an African boy clutching his robes with a plaque that reads: "Belgium brings civilisation to Congo". But now the room is dominated by a giant wooden sculpture of an African man's head, sculptured by an artist born in DRC.

Many Belgians remain ignorant of their country's harsh rule in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the late 19th century, even though Belgium's colonial past made the small European country one of the world's most successful trading economies.


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Stop retirement talk, Rummenigge tells Coman

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Kingsley Coman to stop all talk of retiring from "aggressive" modern-day football and focus on returning to the fray with his morale intact.

Injury-plagued Coman, who has started only three Champions League games for Bayern since joining the club in 2016, said in a recent television interview that back-to-back injuries had left him pondering his future in the game.

Rummenigge, speaking before Bayern's trip to Amsterdam where they will face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, said it was unthinkable for the 22-year-old Frenchman to be considering quitting.

"I would advise him not to get carried away and to stop thinking about ending his career," said Rummenigge.

"In today's football, which is very quick and sometimes very aggressive, you just can't avoid suffering injury now and again.


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Russian ‘Red Sparrow’ Butina Admits US Spying Charge

Miss Maria Butina, the red-haired Russian girl who loved heavy guns and US conservative politicians, has agreed to a plea deal with US prosecutors. The 30-year-old admits having worked (just a bit) as a spy for Russia.


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Shark attack in Australia injures man who called himself 'shark bait'

A surfer who previously described himself as "shark bait" was seriously injured after being attacked by a shark on Sunday, officials said.

Joel Mason, 36, was in the water near Scotts Beach, located about 300 miles north of Sydney, when he was hit by the shark while surfing in the morning, Sky News reported.

An ambulance service spokesperson told Sky News the man suffered a "severe leg injury" and suffered "a lot of blood loss."

Mason's father, Rob, told Nine News his son has surfed since he was 5 or 6 years old and loves to surf by himself.


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Riding wave of social unrest, French high-school students vow ‘Black Tuesday’ protests

Even as it grapples with violent demonstrations over living costs, the French government is hunkering down for a “Black Tuesday” of protests by high-school students who have jumped onto the Yellow Vest bandwagon.

Ever since the May 1968 protests that paralysed France and precipitated the demise of its war hero Charles de Gaulle, French governments have been terrified by the prospect of facing a united front of workers and student protests. While French universities are largely quiet nowadays, the prospect of a two-pronged offensive edged nearer to reality last week when high-school pupils seized on the momentum from the so-called Yellow Vest movement to vent their anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s educational reforms.


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Los Angeles church says nuns embezzled money from school to cover trips to Vegas

Two nuns who worked for decades at a Catholic school in California embezzled a "substantial" amount of money from tuition and other funds and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas, church officials said Monday. The embezzlement from Saint James Catholic School in Torrance appears to have gone on for as long as 10 years, said Adrian Alarcon, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

During that time Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was the school's principal and Sister Lana Chang taught eighth-grade students. Both retired earlier this year. Neither has been charged with a crime.


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Brexit ruling: UK can cancel decision, EU court says

The European Court of Justice has ruled the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members.

The ECJ judges ruled this could be done without altering the terms of Britain's membership.

A group of anti-Brexit politicians argued the UK should be able to unilaterally halt Brexit, but they were opposed by the government and EU.

The decision came as Theresa May announced a Commons vote on whether to approve her deal would be postponed.

MPs had been widely expected on Tuesday to reject the EU withdrawal agreement negotiated by Mrs. May.


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France - Students Join New ‘Mardi Noir’ (Black Tuesday) Protests Against Macron (Video)

Last week already, some 300 French high schools, known as lycées, were barricaded every day amid scenes of vandalism, bins set on fire and violent clashes between police and students.


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Bionic 3D-printed arm 'gives confidence' to young amputees

A Bristol-based robotics company, Open Bionics, has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm for amputees.

The Hero Arm, with its artificial hand, can fit children as young as nine years old. Its motor is controlled by muscles on the residual limb, allowing the user to carry out many tasks as if the hand was real.

Open Bionics hope the £5,000 bionic arm could be made available on the NHS.


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China - Shock Apple Product Ban As Huawei Revenge

It is quite clear how the Chinese state run media is interpreting the injunction applied by a local Chinese judge blocking the future sales of most Apple iPhones on its soil.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43597-China-Shock-Apple-Product-Ban-As-Huawei-Revenge

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Brexit - May ‘Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place’

Mick Jagger’s Rolling Stones once explained how the situation where one has to choose between two possibilities, neither of which is truly acceptable, is known as being ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place.’

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43595-Brexit-May-Stuck-Between-A-Rock-And-A-Hard-Place

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Valve Will Reportedly Address Steam Game Bans at the End of the Week

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, some rogue employees at Valve have reportedly been banning games from the Steam store that they don’t like, typically from the visual novel and anime categories. A number of games have been banned, including some visual novels that were the all-ages version of the game or games that were rated ‘T’ for Teen. Well, one developer has received word that Valve will address the games being banned at the end of the week.

On December 10th, 2018 one of the developers affected by the bans, Top Hat Studios, informed the community that they’ve been in talks with someone who will be in touch with Valve to at least get an answer regarding Valve becoming the taste police again. The individual that they’ve been in contact with wanted to remain anonymous during this time.

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Google Plus Is So Full Of Breaches It's Being Shut Down For Good

What's that Google? Another security flaw after the one in October that exposed the private information of 500,000 users? It turns out that Google is shutting down its own social network, Google Plus, sooner than expected after the latest security issue was found to have affected 52.5 million users.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43588-Google-Plus-Is-So-Full-Of-Breaches-It-s-Being-Shut-Down-For-Good

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France – Macron Raises Minimum Wage, Asks Calm To Return

French president Emmanuel Macron, in a speech broadcast on national television, addressed yesterday evening the continued protests of the so-called 'yellow vests' in his country. He did not apologize for his style but immediately condemned the violence seen. Yet he meets his people halfway with a few promises that will have immediate effect.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43593-France-Macron-Raises-Minimum-Wage-Asks-Calm-To-Return

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Russian serial killer policeman found guilty of 56 more murders

A Siberian policeman who raped and killed women after offering them late-night rides was found guilty of dozens more murders on Monday, making him Russia's most prolific serial killer of recent times. A court in the city of Irkutsk found Mikhail Popkov guilty of 56 murders between 1992 and 2007, sentencing him to a second life term. He was already in prison after being convicted of killing 22 women in 2015.


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WA - Seattle Homeless Man Finds $17k In Paper Bag, Returns It

A homeless man from the town of Sumner (near Seattle), has proven his honesty beyond any reasonable doubt.

When 32-year-old Kevin Booth hungrily went to the local food bank one morning, he noticed a paper bag in front of the door, with a large amount of cash in

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43500-WA-Seattle-Homeless-Man-Finds-17k-In-Paper-Bag-Returns-It

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Los Angeles church says nuns embezzled money from school to cover trips to Vegas

Two nuns who worked for decades at a Catholic school in California embezzled a "substantial" amount of money from tuition and other funds and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas, church officials said Monday. The embezzlement from Saint James Catholic School in Torrance appears to have gone on for as long as 10 years, said Adrian Alarcon, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

During that time Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was the school's principal and Sister Lana Chang taught eighth grade students. Both retired earlier this year. Neither has been charged with a crime.


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New Jersey - Three Teenage Girls Beaten Over Parking Dispute


An interesting event unfolded in a parking lot at the Deptford Mall Friday night. Three teenage girls named Taylor McFadden, Alexandra DeRusso and Tatum Bohanon learned a valuable life lesson. In a world where the youngest generation is growing up with the internet and having a cell phone attached at the hip at all times, the importance of teaching social interactions outside of social media and how not to be a victim.

The group of three teens was parked when a dispute broke out over a parking spot between another group of people. It began when 18-year-old McFadden was sitting in her car parked near the mall's entrance while talking to two 19-year-old friends who were standing near the passenger side of the car.

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CA - Man Avails Of Burger King’s Whopper Deal for a Penny, Ends Up Paying $1,000


It was supposed to be an unbelievably great deal from Burger King offering customers its iconic Whopper meal for just a mere penny for a limited run - only if they would agree to troll their biggest competitor, McDonalds. A lot of customers availed of the almost free burgers, trolling included, but one man who was supposed to be charged just 1 cent for his online purchase ended up being charged over a thousand dollars for the Whopper meal in a deal gone wrong due to an online app glitch.

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Caravan - Border Patrol Putting Their Lives On The Line Arrests 32 At Border Rally


When will people understand they are not entitled to anything? As an American, I can't go to China, break their laws to get in the country, then demand free stuff, protections that not even citizens are afforded, and all at the expense of China's population. Wake up America, this is not acceptable. You can enter the United States legally, or not at all, and if you chose to break the law and enter the country illegally, you will eventually be caught.

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IN - Cops Arrest High School Athlete For Murder of Pregnant Teen Schoolmate


Family and friends of a 17-year-old teen from South Bend, Indiana got concerned when they couldn’t contact her on Saturday afternoon that they decided to report their worries to the authorities. But little did they know they will be in for a much bigger shock and unimaginable heartbreak. The teen was later found dead inside a dumpster near a pizza parlor the following day, and just a short walk away from where she lived.

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The Rise of QAnon in France: Le monde est surveillé


One of the most hated of society's subsections in the entire world is the “QAnon” crowd. Now, the movement has taken a foothold in France among the “Yellow Vest“ protestors against Emmanuel Macron's tyrannical globalist regime.

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Indonesia - State Approves App to Report People Committing Blasphemy


Indonesia, the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population, is going modern in its crackdown on individuals who commit blasphemy against their religion through a new Android app that can be used to send reports of such blasphemy.

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MA - Man Who Married Six Illegal African Women For Immigration Benefits Gets Probation


A man from Massachusetts shockingly married six various African women in order for them to be eligible for immigration benefits from the state. But apparently, he will not completely get away with his illegal act as the Justice Department confirmed on Thursday that he will be sentenced to two years of probation for his act.

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Amazon reportedly plans to launch its first physical 'Go' store outside the US

Amazon is planning its first physical store in the U.K., likely to be in London's West End shopping district, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The newspaper cited anonymous industry sources who said the company is looking for sites between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet in size for the Amazon Go store.

The Telegraph's report said Amazon's U.S. team was behind the move, which may see the company open a store at Oxford Circus, the junction between London's Oxford Street and Regent Street.


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Montana - 80-Yr-Old Catholic Priest Busted for 400 Images and 210 DVDs of Child Porn


There's another tragic tale of a Catholic Priest engaged in degenerate pedophilia-laden desires. This time 81-year-old former Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Great Falls, Montana was arrested for receipt of child pornography.

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Brexit - EU Official Says Bloc Will Not Be Renegotiating Brexit Deal


A summit held Thursday called by European Union official Donald Tusk regarding the renegotiation of Brexit. Tusk said he won't renegotiate the Brexit deal with the U.K. government after examining ways to help Britain ratify the deal. Tusk is the president of the European Council and tweeted, "we will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate U.K. ratification."

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Massachusetts man takes ailing dog on cross-country road trip for one last adventure

Paul Heroux and his dog have been inseparable since she was just eight weeks old. The mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Mura even campaigned together.

They visit retirement homes, schools and ride in parades. The 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog has the run of city hall.

"She's my best friend and she's been with me at the best and worst parts of my life," Heroux said.

That worst part happened last September when Mura was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Heroux said he would be surprised if she made it a year. So to make their last months together happy, he decided to take Mura on a road trip — all 8,500 miles, just the two of them.


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France's Macron announces tax cuts, wage increases after violent protests

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners, offering concessions after weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority.

In his first national address following two weekends of the worst unrest in France in years, Macron sought to restore calm after accusations that his political methods and economic policies were fracturing the country.

"We want a France where one can live in dignity through one's work and on this, we have gone too slowly," Macron said on primetime television.


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CEO says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said Monday that the internet giant steers clear of "political bias," arguing that this is a core principle of its business to maintain trust of users.

Pichai also said privacy and security are essential parts of Google's mission, and that the company is committed to working with the US government "to keep our country safe and secure."

The prepared remarks released Monday, a day ahead of Pichai's appearance at the House Judiciary Committee, come with Google under fire on several fronts, on issues around political bias, data security and its domination of internet search.

Pichai strongly denied claims by President Donald Trump and his backers earlier this year that Google operates with a political agenda that suppresses conservative voices.

"Users also look to us to provide accurate, trusted information," he said. "We work hard to ensure the integrity of our products, and we've put a number of checks and balances in place to ensure they continue to live up to our standards."


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Feds bust 2 people for separate alleged terror plots in Ohio

The FBI announced Monday it made arrests in two separate terror plots near Toledo, Ohio. Both suspects had been talking about and planning the attacks for months, authorities said.

According to the FBI, Elizabeth Lecron was obsessed with the idea of carrying out mass murder. She was arrested Saturday after she purchased black powder and screws for making a bomb. She told an undercover agent she wanted to target a Toledo bar, and also discussed bombing a pipeline or attacking a farm, officials said.

"She stated she had been involved in a plan to commit an 'upscale mass murder,' as she called it," said Jeff Fortunato, an FBI assistant special agent in charge.


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'Nightmare' conditions at Chinese factories where Hasbro and Disney toys are made

Chinese factory workers producing toys for Hasbro, Disney, and Mattel and are being subjected to "nightmare" working conditions in the run-up to Christmas, an investigation has alleged.

The report, titled "A Nightmare for Workers," shows findings from campaign groups China Labor Watch, ActionAid, CiR, and Solidar Suisse, who sent undercover investigators to four factories that produced toys sold at Walmart, Costco, Target and other international retailers.


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Bernie Sanders supporter who plotted ‘upscale mass murder’ corresponded with Dylann Roof, FBI says

A Toledo woman was arrested and charged in federal court after she purchased black powder and screws that she believed were going to be used to make a bomb as part of a terrorist attack.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was charged with one count of transportation of explosives and explosive material for the purposes of harming others and property.

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Minecraft Creator Notch: “There Is Clearly an Agenda Against White Men”

The notorious creator of the smash-hit gaming series Minecraft Markus Persson, aka “Notch,” has thrown his hat into the political arena sparking anger among leftists. This, after he tweeted, “There clearly is an agenda against White men.”

Markus Persson has nearly 3.6 million followers on Twitter, making his social media presence both influential and remarkably powerful.

His statements came as a series of replies in a thread on Twitter, in which he was initially asked, “Do you love Jews?”

His reply, “If we were allowed to discuss IQ differences between populations, there'd be fewer conspiracy theories,” sent left-wing and social justice Twitter into a tailspin of anger and raging anti-White rhetoric.

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UN migration pact agreed to by more than 150 countries

A majority of UN states adopted on Monday a non-binding global pact to better handle migrant flows, Morocco's foreign minister said, though fewer governments joined than had previously worked on the proposal.

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced the decision as host of the UN conference in Marrakesh. There was no formal vote.

In July, all 193 UN members except the United States finalized the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to better handle migration.

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Left Demands Radio Stations Label Alex Jones “fiction” – or Blacklist Show

An activist group run by an anti-Trump leftist is demanding radio station operators nationwide add a disclaimer to Alex Jones broadcasts labeling them “fiction.”

In an opinion piece published in The Sacramento Bee, Media Action Center founder and director Sue Wilson outlines her plan to override the pesky First Amendment by having stations falsely inform listeners Infowars is “fake news.”

If not, Wilson insists, stations should stop broadcasting Jones’ shows.

“Jones has First Amendment rights. The right to free speech, to stand on a street corner and share his views, whatever their relation to the truth,” admits Wilson.

“But radio, which reaches 93 percent of our population, comes with a legal responsibility to listeners to ‘serve the public interest.’”

Wilson blames Jones for spreading “dangerous conspiracy theories” about the California wildfires, Sandy Hook and more, and claims he’s responsible for “contributing to real-world terror.”

“Jones planted the seed and his minions took action,” she writes.

Infowars can still be aired, Wilson dictates, so long as stations air a disclaimer at the start of broadcasts noting the show is a work of “fiction.”

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Kavanaugh casts deciding vote as Supreme Court rejects review of Medicaid funding for Planned Parent

The Supreme Court is staying out of legal fight over efforts to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, with the newest justice casting the deciding vote.

The high court Monday rejected review of appeals from two states, which claim the nation’s largest abortion provider should not receive any public funding after a series of disputed videos surfaced reportedly showing the group engaged in illegal sales of fetal tissue for medical research.

Planned Parenthood does not receive any federal funding for abortion, but does provide a range of other medical and health services for poor families, including cancer screening and contraception. It was never charged in the fetal tissue issue.

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Epic Store influences developers to pull Steam releases

Some game developers are pulling their upcoming releases from the Steam page entirely, or choosing to make their titles a timed exclusive with the Epic Games Store.

This comes after Valve announced last month that they're changing up the revenue share rates on the Steam storefront, with the new system introducing a 25 percent (as opposed to the common 30 percent) cut on any revenues a game generates beyond $10 million.

It will be pretty interesting to see if other developers follow suit, considering how the Epic Store only takes a 12 percent cut from game sales.

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Google reveals new security bug affecting more than 52 million users

Google revealed Monday that its soon-to-be shuttered social network suffered from another security lapse, a software bug that could have allowed third-party apps and developers to gain access to 52 million users' personal information without their permission.

For six days in November, an update to the underlying code of Google+ meant that apps seeking to access users' profile information -including their names, email addresses, occupations and ages - could view that data even if it was "set to not-public," Google said in a blog post. Apps could have accessed some non-public profile data that had been shared with a user as well.

Google said that its systems had not been compromised and that there's "no evidence that app developers" were aware of the bug or "misused it in any way." But the revelation threatens to sharpen the scrutiny of the company's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, when he testifies to Congress on Tuesday.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Accused of Ignoring ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ While Promoting Myanmar Vacation

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been accused of ignoring “ethnic cleansing” after he encouraged his followers to “go to Myanmar” following a meditation vacation in the country.

“For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th,” posted Dorsey on Twitter, Sunday. “I did my meditation at Dhamma Mahimã in Pyin Oo Lwin. This is my room. Basic. During the 10 days: no devices, reading, writing, physical excercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with others.”

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The Washington Redskins Have a New Starting Quarterback, and Colin Kaepernick Fans Won’t Be Happy

The Washington Redskins have their fourth starting quarterback of the season, and the latest one isn’t Colin Kaepernick.

Recently signed Josh Johnson will start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The career NFL journeyman entered the game Sunday against the New York Giants and replaced Mark Sanchez.

Surprisingly enough, Johnson was actually able to get the offense rolling a little bit, despite the fact he hadn’t thrown a pass since 2011.

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Leonard Fournette Threatens Heckler During Game 'i'mma Beat Your Ass'

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was so rattled during the loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, he got into it with a fan … and threatened to beat the guy's ass.

TMZ Sports has footage of Fournette on the sidelines in the 4th quarter of the Jags' 30-9 loss at Nissan Stadium in Nashville … where the RB angrily tells the fan, "Listen, you're too old for that. I will beat your ass!"

Two men who appear to be Jaguars staffers grab Leonard and try to walk him away – but minutes later, Fournette begins to jaw at the fan again … repeating his threat.

"Facts, you're too old for that," Fournette says while sitting on the team bench … "You're too old for that. Chill out. I'm not worried about you. You want to come down here?? I'll whoop your ass."

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Italy - Salvini Criticizes Macron Handling Of French Protests During Rally (Video)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Lega Nord, Mr Matteo Salvini, has used a rally to criticize his southern neighbor France for their handling of the yellow vests protests and urged French President Macron to focus on France rather than trying to tell the world what to do.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43572-Italy-Salvini-Criticizes-Macron-Handling-Of-French-Protests-During-Rally-Video

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38 percent of Jews in Europe may leave

>Nearly one-third (30 percent) of respondents said they had personally experienced anti-Semitic attacks. Most of those were people whose appearance identified them as Jews.

Growing anti-Semitism has prompted 38 percent of European Jews to consider leaving Europe, a new report by a European human-rights agency reveals.


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Russia - ‘Werewolf’ Serial Killer Sentenced For 78 Murders

A former Russian policeman has today been convicted for 56 additional murders between 1992 and 2007. Mr Mikhail Popkov, the ‘Werewolf’ was imprisoned for the murder and rape of 22 women already.


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Egypt Shock Over Nude Pyramid Video


Egyptian authorities are angered and shocked over a video which has surfaced on social media showing a Danish photographer and his girlfriend…

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Israel Plans For Potential 'Coup' Amid Netanyahu Corruption And Fraud Case

For months, The Goldwater has been covering the corruption cases Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife and son are involved in. I even suggested the possibility that Netanyahu might try to force an early election if things started to look bad. It appears that members of the Israeli Knesset had the same fear, as legislation is in the works that would limit presidential power in order to prevent a potential "coup" within Netanyahu's Likud party to oust Bibi.


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OH - House Fire Kills 5 Children Including 1-Year-Old Twins

A tragic Ohio house fire late Sunday night claimed the lives of five children ages 1 to 9.


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The Rise of QAnon in France: Le monde est surveillé

One of the most hated of society's subsections in the entire world is the “ QAnon ” crowd. Now, the movement has taken a foothold in France among the “ Yellow Vest “ protestors against Emmanuel Macron's tyrannical globalist regime.


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Japan's economy shrinks most in four years as global risks hit business spending

The Japanese economy contracted the most in over four years in the third quarter as companies slashed spending, threatening to chill the investment outlook in 2019 as the export-reliant nation grapples with slowing global growth and trade frictions.

The slump in the world’s third-biggest economy adds to signs elsewhere in Asia and Europe of weakening momentum, with recent data in China and Australia showing a slowdown in growth and stoking concerns about the wider impact of the Sino-U.S trade war.


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Theresa May under pressure to delay Brexit vote as leadership rivals circle

>‘Your daughter should have been safe here’: Man appears in court charged with murder

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has given an emotional apology to the family of British backpacker Grace Millane, saying: “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.”

Ms Millane (22) went missing from a hostel in Auckland on December 1st and a body was found in the Waitakere Ranges on Sunday.

Theresa May is set to make a crucial decision on whether to delay the House of Commons vote on her Brexit deal as the prime minister faces a massive defeat which could endanger her job.

Downing Street will decide on Monday whether to go ahead with the so-called "meaningful vote" on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, with over 100 Conservative MPs and almost all Labour MPs set to vote against the deal.


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New Zealand PM apologises for death of UK backpacker

>‘Your daughter should have been safe here’: Man appears in court charged with murder

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has given an emotional apology to the family of British backpacker Grace Millane, saying: “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.”

Ms Millane (22) went missing from a hostel in Auckland on December 1st and a body was found in the Waitakere Ranges on Sunday.

A 26-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and appeared in an Auckland court on Monday.


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Twelve Israelis Suspected of Running Child Sex Trafficking Network in Colombia

>Six Israelis arrested, Colombian authorities say ■ Network allegedly sold 'tourism packages' including prostitutes – some of whom were minors

Law enforcement authorities in Colombia suspect 12 Israelis of running a sex-trafficking network alongside two Colombians. The office of Colombia's attorney general said eight of the suspects have been arrested, including six Israelis.

The alleged sex trafficking ring provided Israeli travelers with “tourism packages” that included prostitutes, some of whom were minors, who received between 200,000 pesos ($63) to 400,000 pesos ($126) in return for sexual services.


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Australian voters shun conservative government in widely watched poll

>Australia’s conservative government is on course for a landslide election defeat, a widely watched survey showed on Monday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison struggles to win favor with voters less than six months out from a national poll.

A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison’s government was on course to lose 21 seats in the 150-seat lower house of parliament.


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Mikhail Popkov: Russian ex-cop jailed for 56 more murders

A Siberian policeman described as Russia's most prolific mass murderer in modern times has been given a second life sentence.

Mikhail Popkov, 53, murdered 55 women and a policeman near Irkutsk between 1992 and 2007. He was already in jail for 22 other murders.

He killed the victims after offering them late-night rides in his car. At least 10 were also raped.

Popkov was caught in 2012 after a DNA match identified his car.

The victims were all women between the ages of 16 and 40 apart from one male, a policeman. In three cases he was on duty in his police car.


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Israel Said a Palestinian Was Killed in Clashes. A Video Shows He Was Shot in the Back

>While the army says Mohammad Khossam Khabali was shot during violent clashes, the video shows him walking with friends on the main street

A video of the fatal shooting of a Palestinian shows that he was shot in the back and contradicts the Israeli military's claim that the incident occurred during violent clashes. The army has opened an investigation into the shooting, which occurred Tuesday in the West Bank city of Tul Karm.


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Romania hospital reports 39 babies diagnosed with superbug

Romanian authorities say the number of babies diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug at a maternity hospital in the capital has risen to 39.

Raluca Alexandru, spokeswoman for Giulesti Maternity hospital, closed Nov. 30 due to the outbreak, on Monday said tests have confirmed the latest figure. It is triple the number of newborns diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus last month.


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Australian watchdog calls for more scrutiny of Google, Facebook

Australia's competition watchdog on Monday recommended a new regulatory body be set up to monitor tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google and their dominance of the online advertising and news markets.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a preliminary report on the US firms' market power that extra oversight was justified to ensure advertisers were treated fairly and the public access to news was unfettered.

The report, ordered by the government a year ago, is being closely watched as lawmakers around the world wrestle with the powerful tech firms' role in public life and their influence on everything from privacy to disinformation and traditional media.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2018/12/10/australian-watchdog-calls-for-more-scrutiny-of-google-facebook/#1l7crXjzUxpyB2ox.99

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Khashoggi murder: Saudis refuse Turkey extradition request

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has ruled out extraditing to Turkey suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Adel al-Jubeir said: "We do not extradite our citizens."

Just over a week ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the extradition and on Wednesday a Turkish court issued arrest warrants.

Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the murder, which took place in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Arrest warrants were issued in Turkey for former Saudi intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and former royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani.


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Canada seeking new members of anti-coal alliance at UN climate change meeting but facing resistance

Canada and the United Kingdom are hosting a “coal-free day” at the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland, a city built on coal mining.

The conference is aimed at defining measures to implement the Paris agreement climate change, but the first week of talks ended on a sour note Saturday when the U.S. sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait in blocking the endorsement of a key scientific report on global warming.


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Chile declines to sign U.N. pact, says migration not a human right: report

>Chile has become the latest country to pull out of a controversial United Nations migration pact, its interior ministry indicated, provoking fury among opposition parties who accused Sebastian Pinera’s government of “shameful and authoritarian” behavior.

Rodrigo Ubilla, Chile’s Interior Ministry subsecretary, told Chilean Sunday paper El Mercurio in an interview that the country’s representatives would not attend the event to adopt the pact early next week in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.


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Canada Moose Cree First Nation to get drone deliveries

Residents of a remote First Nation island in northern Ontario will begin receiving goods by drone next year.

The Moose Cree First Nation has signed a C$2.5m (£1.5m) commercial deal with a drone delivery company to transport supplies, medicine, food and mail from the mainland town of Moosonee.

Moose Factory island is only accessible by boat in summer, ice road in winter and helicopter at other times.

The drone delivery service will begin next spring, after a year of planning.


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Fortnite gamer MrDeadMoth charged after alleged domestic violence assault captured on livestream

A man playing the video game Fortnite has been charged with assaulting his partner after the alleged incident was watched by other gamers during a live stream.

NSW Police attended a home in Oran Park in Sydney's south-west around 11.30pm Sunday night after a witness reported the alleged assault of a 21-year-old woman.

They charged a 26-year-old man with common assault and served him with an apprehended violence order.


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New Zealand - PM Ardern Delivers Tearful Apology Over Backpacker Death (Video)

Holding back tears, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on behalf of her whole country for the murder of backpacker Miss Grace Millane, the 22-year-old British woman who was murdered while holidaying in Auckland, saying 'your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.'

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43573-New-Zealand-PM-Ardern-Delivers-Tearful-Apology-Over-Backpacker-Death-Video

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Will US-China Technology War Tip World Into Recession?

The arrest of the Huawei CFO keeps headlining economic news and pulling markets further down. The fact that the stock exchanges are in the red for the year must also cause non-investors to fear because they are the frontrunners of what lies ahead. The question is what the current market bloodbath forebodes: a slowdown in growth or a full-blown recession.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43571-Will-US-China-Technology-War-Tip-World-Into-Recession

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VT - Irked Man Spent $4,000 On Giant Statue to Give Town The Middle Finger


A Vermont man’s ire cost him a huge $4,000 in bills for a sculpture he had ordered customized and erected as a giant statue of a middle finger for all of Westford town to see to illustrate his anger with town officials he’s locked with in a bitter dispute.

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Germany – ‘Hottest Police Officer’ Urged To Stop Posting Modelling Pics

If there is one province in Germany that absolutely needs more police officers, then it is Saxony where rioting and right-wing protests got out of hand several times already this year. And let it just be there that the ‘hottest police office’ in Germany is facing a difficult choice.

Policewoman Adrienne Koleszár received the glamorous title offered by tabloid newspaper Bild two years ago and since then has grown to an Instagram model with more than 500,000 followers. Some 90% of her followers are German men.


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Canada Moose Cree First Nation to get drone deliveries

Residents of a remote First Nation island in northern Ontario will begin receiving goods by drone next year.

The Moose Cree First Nation has signed a C$2.5m (£1.5m) commercial deal with a drone delivery company to transport supplies, medicine, food and mail from the mainland town of Moosonee.

Moose Factory island is only accessible by boat in summer, ice road in winter and helicopter at other times.

The drone delivery service will begin next spring, after a year of planning.


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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane.

Miss Millane, 22, disappeared in Auckland on 1 December - police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body in the outskirts of the city.

The man, who cannot be named, is due back in court next month.

Court documents showed he had been living at the Citylife Hotel on Queen Street in central Auckland, which is where Miss Millane was last seen.

The judge acknowledged Miss Millane's family's grief "must be desperate".


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OH - A Bacon-Vending Machine Comforts College Students Taking Finals Exams


It’s “hell week” for most of the college students in the country with Finals examinations and all ongoing that they will need all the nourishment and comfort they can get to keep their energy and enthusiasm up for the grueling weeks. For many Ohio State University students, their “savior” came in the form of delicious and mouth-watering all-American favorite - bacon.

The College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences decided to put up a bacon vending machine for students wishing to take a much-needed break from studying. The idea has turned out to be a blockbuster, brilliant one being such a huge hit with students.

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Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

White House representatives arrive at climate talks in Poland on Monday to promote coal and other fossil fuels.

It's expected that President Donald Trump's energy adviser, Wells Griffith, will take part in the COP24 event.

The controversial meeting occurs as investors managing $32tn (£25tn) in assets call for an end to coal as a source of energy.

Meanwhile, ministers from around 130 countries arrive here to try and steer the talks to a successful conclusion.


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Ambani-Piramal wedding: Beyoncé sings at A-list Indian event

US singer Beyoncé has performed as part of the lavish festivities at the latest extravagant Indian celebrity wedding.

Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week.

Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and guests like Hillary Clinton.

It comes on the heels of several recent Indian weddings competing for glamour, excess and attention.

The Ambanis themselves recently attended the wedding reception of Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.


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Southwest Airlines Gate Agent Mocks 5-Year-Old Girl's Name


A mother and her 5-year-old daughter are facing embarrassment caused by a Southwest Airlines gate agent at John Wayne Airport who mocked the girl's name in front of her. Then, the agent posted the girl's boarding pass on social media essentially doxing the poor little girl.

Her mother is upset at the agent who made fun of her daughter and posted her boarding pass on social media for others to mock. The five-year-old's name is spelled "Abcde Redford" but it is pronounced "ab-city".

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Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou fraudulently represented company to skirt US and EU sanctions

Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, fraudulently represented the company in order to get around US and EU sanctions on Iran, a packed courtroom in Vancouver, Canada, heard on Friday.

Meng, a daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was in the British Columbia Supreme Court for a bail hearing, as the US seeks her extradition on fraud charges. The hearing ended without a decision and will continue on Monday.


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22-year-old employee found dead at Google's NYC office

Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters.

Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers.

Police say there were no signs of trauma and the death does not appear to be suspicious. The city medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

Krulcik's Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August after serving as an intern in the summer of 2017.

He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University last spring with a degree in computer science.

Google representatives did not immediately return emails seeking comment.



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Beekeepers reeling as one million bees die in Cape Town

Cape Town - Cape honey bees produce more than just honey and have an incalculable value for a number of spin-off industries and businesses.

In addition, bee farming is one of the fastest-growing niche industries in the country.

The operations manager at Bloomable, Nicholas James, says more should be done to protect local bees and ensure food security after recent accidental poisoning killed hundreds of colonies in Constantia.

“While some flowers and plants can self-pollinate, most require the help of bees to transfer pollen from one plant to another. Honey bees move from fruit tree blossoms to flower gardens and wildflowers, pollinating food and garden plants.


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Carlos Ghosn: Former Nissan chair charged with financial misconduct

Japanese prosecutors have charged former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn with financial misconduct, accusing him of under-reporting his pay package over a five-year period.

He has also been re-arrested on further allegations of under-stating his pay, which is likely to keep him in detention until 30 December.

Mr Ghosn has previously denied the accusations.

Prosecutors have also charged Nissan in relation to the case.

Mr. Ghosn was arrested in November after the allegations first surfaced. Monday was the last day he could be held by authorities before he either had to be charged or released.


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French Government Blasts Trump For ‘Yellow Vests’ Tweets


Paris wants US President Donald Trump not to interfere with the domestic policies of France. This is what Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday in the French press.

In particular, this Saturday the American head of state has tweeted for the second time in a week about the (violent) protest of the "yellow vests" in France. He associated a "very sad day and night for France" directly to the ‘Paris Agreement on Climate Change.’

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Russian hitmen 'linked to two other suspected murders on British soil'

Cops who investigated the Salisbury attack have evidence to suggest Russian hitmen targeted other victims in the UK, say reports.

Agents from the GRU military intelligence group are suspected of traveling to Britain at the time of two deaths linked to Moscow.


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No such thing as sustainable palm oil – 'certified' can destroy even more wildlife, say scientists

>Study reveals 'trick' behind endorsement schemes linked to 'greenwashing’

Palm-oil forests certified as sustainable are being destroyed faster than non-certified land, experts have found, in a study they say blows the lid on any claims that the oil can be destruction-free.

Plantations with eco-friendly endorsements have lost 38 per cent of their forest cover since 2007, while non-certified areas have lost 34 per cent, according to researchers from Purdue University in the US state of Indiana.


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Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

Attempts to incorporate a key scientific study into global climate talks in Poland have failed.

The IPCC report on the impacts of a temperature rise of 1.5C, had a significant impact when it was launched last October.

Scientists and many delegates in Poland were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait objected to this meeting "welcoming" the report.


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TX - Report Reveals Shocking Child Abuse Cases in Childcare Centers


One of the factors could be that many childcare centers in Texas are operating illegally. The problem has been a grave one that in 2013, the Legislature approved a budget for a 30-person investigative unit of the Department of Family and Protective Services to crack down on illegal centers. Those that are operating under the radar have higher incidents of abuse and neglect as compared to the centers that are duly registered with the state.

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Robert Mueller Lied To The Court By Withholding Exculpatory Evidence to Exonerate Trump!

Robert Mueller has withheld evidence from the court that would exonerate President Trump from the latest accusations of Russian collusion during the 2016 election, according to a new report by journalist Paul Sperry.

Will he face the same punishment he is recommending for Trump associates?


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VA - Christian Teacher Fired For Refusing to Call Tranny Student By Male Pronouns


It all started when the student’s family informed the school system that their child has “transitioned to male.” The school obviously agreed to the new gender of the kid and agreed to refer to the student by ‘his’ preferred gender pronoun. The teacher, however, stood his ground.

In one instance, the teacher still referred to the child using the student’s biological gender pronoun as he cautioned the child and asked other students to stop “her” when the kid was about to run into a wall.

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Ashen Is a Timed Exclusive on Epic Games Store, Will Eventually Come to Steam

A lot of gamers who have been waiting for the release of Ashen on PC and Xbox One. After its re-debut at The Game Awards on December 6th, Ashen was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC. However, this isn’t the end of the story for everyone who had wishlisted the game on Steam.

You may have noticed that the Steam store page is still up for Ashen, but the release date is now labeled as “TBD”, as in To Be Determined. That’s because according to Derek Bradley the game director, the exclusive release on the Epic Games Store is temporary and the game will be coming to other PC storefronts in the near future. In a post published on December 7th, 2018, a day after the news dropped about the game’s availability on the Epic Games Store, Derek explained in a short news post…

>“Right now you can play Ashen on all the hardware we have promised since day one. We know that is not enough for everyone. We will be coming to other platforms in the future. If you must wait for those, we totally understand. We are super proud of the game and hope you will enjoy it whenever and wherever you play it.”

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WV - Former Miss Kentucky Charged With Sending Nude Photos to Male Student


A former beauty queen who is a teacher in a West Virginia school was accused of inappropriately sending nude photos of herself to a…

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TN - Mother and Child Who Fell 20 Feet Into Sewer are Rescued


A mother and her toddler were walking through Rossview High School’s back parking lot when they horrifically fell into a sewer gate and…

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Hawaiian Monk Seals Keep Getting Eels Stuck Up Noses, Scientists Fed Up


What do you do when an endangered species of seal keeps trying to snort eels? That is what scientists are trying to figure out since the…

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Nasal Rinse Linked To Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Of Seattle Woman

A 69-year-old Seattle woman was facing a deadly brain-eating amoeba which has now been linked to her improper use of a neti pot. Dr. Charles Cobbs, a neurosurgeon at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center, carried out a brain surgery like no other in order to save the woman's life. "It's something I've actually never seen before … pathologists couldn't really determine what it was because the tissue had been pretty much destroyed."


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Yellow Vests – French Government Blames Moscow For "Fake Social Media" Revolt

Marlboro Makes $1.8 Billion Investment Into Cannabis Industry

It's technically a move that would seem to make a lot of sense, Marlboro's parent company Altria is making a nearly $2 billion investment into marijuana. I'm not sure when the urban legends about Marlboro's potential interest in a legal marijuana industry began, but I recall hearing rumors as far back as the mid '90s.


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Australia - Woman With Epilepsy Works Two Jobs To Pay For Cannabis Treatment

Life isn't fair, the reality is some people are born with medical conditions and others are less likely to deal with debilitating illness. In the case of a Perth woman who works at a pharmacy named Amanda Merendino, she has to work two jobs to afford the only medication that could keep her seizures at bay, sometimes up to 9 a day.


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CA - Homeless Woman Throws Hot Coffee at Donut Shop Owner (Video)

A homeless woman was inside a local donut shop in Canoga Park when she was asked to leave by the store owner. A confrontation ensued and the irate woman threw hot coffee at the owner.


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Robot Janitors Set To Take Over Walmart Stores

Next time you bump into “them” at Walmart, don’t be so surprised, they’re there to serve a purpose. The self-driving, Zamboni-style robots making their way into the aisles at the supermarket happen to be the store’s newly-appointed janitors.


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Yellow Vests – French Government Blames Moscow For "Fake Social Media" Revolt

In what appears to become a repeat of the 2016 US Presidential Election accusations, the French government of President Emmanuel Macron today sensationally says that Moscow is behind at least 200 fake social media accounts which have riled up the public in the past few days against the Parisian police forces.


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Bill and Hillary Clinton Using Groupon to Boost Sagging Ticket Sales

Former President Bill Clinton and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are taking desperate measures to boost sagging ticket sales for their 13-city speaking tour, selling them at half price on Groupon.

The Clintons were cashing in on their speaking tour tickets before their much-hyped nationwide speaking tour launched in Toronto, Canada.

But the Toronto event opened to empty seats, causing ticket prices to sink low enough in some areas to force the Clintons to take drastic steps to increase ticket sales and attendance at events.

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MO – ‘Uranus Examiner’ Ends Run

A local Missouri newspaper, published in the town of Uranus and therefore named the ‘Uranus Examiner’ is ending it’s publication run after only three months when it admitted having a hard time finding advertisers.


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Texas Beat: Domestic Disturbance Turns into Viral Mugshot


A woman in Houston, Texas made headlines Friday after she punched a deputy who was in the process of arresting her, according to police. The local media reports the incident occurred around 10 p.m. at a home near the 11300 block of Angelique Drive in Harris County, Texas.

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Iran – President Rouhani Warns West: “You Will Not Be Safe From Bombs And Terrorism”

According to German media today, Iran would stand accused of having carried out significantly more missile tests this year than earlier reported. In addition, those missiles could now be deployed to reach the European Union.


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California Dog That Survived Wildfire Guarded His Owner's Home For Weeks

Despite all of the destruction left in the wake of the California wildfires, a heartwarming story took place at a home in an evacuated area. A family who was evacuated was forced to leave their dog behind and he stayed at the home and guarded it for nearly a month until his owner returned.


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France – Anger Over Elitist President Remains


It took an immense police force and armored vehicles, but extreme violence was mostly absent on Saturday in Paris. It was not as dramatic as…

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Denmark – Criminal Immigrants Banned To Remote Animal-Test Island

Hardline Danish Minister of Integration Ms Inger Stojberg is once again world news. She is this time round proposing that any immigrant who commits a crime be banned to a remote island far off the coast of Denmark, in order to make them feel unwanted.


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Shock CCTV shows Christmas party headlock which left woman with 'facial paralysis'

>Molly Phillips, 24, may never be able to smile again after her colleague Nathan Webb gripped her neck at the Cameo Club's Christmas party in Cardiff on New Year's Day

Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a bar manager was placed in a headlock by a colleague at a Christmas party, leaving her with facial paralysis.

Molly Phillips, 24, went to hospital for a suspected stroke but later realised she been strangled by the bar's chef at their annual bash.

Miss Phillips said she passed out after chef Nathan Webb gripped her neck at the Cameo Club's festive party, which was held at the bar in Roath, Cardiff on New Year's Day.


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Microsoft says it is time for government regulation of facial recognition

Facial recognition is becoming more widely used in both general computing and in the wider world. Smartphones and computers can be unlocked with your face, but the technology is also used for security and policing purposes.

While most uses are legitimate and helpful, there is scope for abuse. Microsoft thinks it is time for regulation to help avoid this. The company is calling on government around the world to introduce new laws, but also on the technology industry to introduce safeguards to protect against abuse and bias.

In a blog post which says "it's time for action", Microsoft president Brad Smith expresses his belief that 2019 is the year in which governments need to start regulating facial recognition technology. He says that companies need to acknowledge their social responsibility and accept the fact that the technology needs to be "governed by the rule of law".

The blog post is more than just a call for something to be done; Microsoft has a few suggestions about how things could be tackled – although it admits that "we don't have answers for every potential question".

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Trump taunts Macron after thousands of protesters violently clash with police in Paris

President Trump taunted French President Emmanuel Macron as France was burning in the wake of violent protests across the country on Saturday where an army of Yellow Vests demanded the president’s head.

“Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?” Trump tweeted after tens of thousands of people across France went to the streets to protest Macron’s government.

“The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!” he added.

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Catholic bishops in the Philippines should be killed, says President Duterte

The Philippines is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, with about 90 percent of the population identifying as Catholics.

But that hasn’t stopped President Rodrigo Duterte from repeatedly taking aim at the Catholic Church. On Wednesday, news reports quoted Duterte — who is known for his incendiary remarks — as saying: “These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticize.”

The Catholic Church has emerged as a vocal critic of Duterte’s war on drugs, which has resulted in thousands of deaths since 2016. And in the past year, three Catholic priests have been killed in the Philippines.

Duterte has previously used a crude term to describe Pope Francis, and he angered Catholics in the Philippines this summer when he called God “stupid” in a televised address. He also pushed back on the concept of “original sin,” saying: “What kind of religion is that? I can’t accept it.”

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Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player to Shame

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis were on hand to start off the annual Army vs. Navy game.

Army and Navy met again Saturday afternoon in the neutral site of Philadelphia to play a football game between the two oldest branches of the armed forces. This year marks the 119th time the two teams have met. A U.S. president is occasionally on hand for the national anthem and coin toss.

President Trump took the field Saturday in Philadelphia before an enormous crowd in Lincoln Financial Field. The audience was composed of Midshipmen of the Navy, West Point cadets and other assembled active duty and military veterans.

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Iowa doctor expresses concerns over new Apple Watch features

The latest Apple watches have new software that can now detect an irregular heart rhythm, but an Iowa doctor said there are some concerns.

"I think this will be the first time that really tens of millions of people have easy access to the single-lead EKG technology," said Dr. Jason Meyers, with the Iowa Heart Center.

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Johns Hopkins blames blocked misconduct allegations on computer glitch

Johns Hopkins University mistakenly blocked 18 complaints about on-campus sexual misconduct that were filed online since 2016 — and blamed the blunder on a computer problem.

A statement, released this week by the prestigious Baltimore school’s Office of Institutional Equity, said that its website issues prevented the reports — dating from January 2016 through October 2018 — from going through the proper channels.

“OIE has contacted or attempted to contact all those who submitted these reports and will provide expedited support and services to address any of their concerns immediately,” the statement said.

The office is also working with campus security to update crime logs, and is consulting with the school’s IT department to make sure the website issues are fixed, the statement added.

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Stopping the flow of Chinese fentanyl into Canada

>"If we were doing something killing thousands of Chinese…we would hear from them loud and clear," says former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney. He argues that Canada needs to pressure China to do more to stop the flow of fentanyl, and questions why PM Justin Trudeau didn't apply more diplomatic pressure at the G20 this week.


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Millionaire’s Daughter Disappears In Auckland (Video)

The New Zealand police declared they were 'seriously worried' about the disappearance of a 22-year-old backpacker. British born Miss Grace Millane was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night. Since then, nothing has been heard from the young woman.


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LGBTQ Writer Gets Death Threats After Accusing Ariana Grande of Wearing ‘Blackface’ in Music Video

LGBTQ publication INTO published a column accusing pop star Ariana Grande of wearing blackface, among other offenses, leading to death threats being made against the writer.

Describing the new video for the song “thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande, the column states, “Ariana doesn’t enter until the music starts. A smooth beat clearly influenced by R&B is juxtaposed with her opening her ‘burn book’ simply titled ‘thank u, next.'”

“Then you finally see it: the blackface. This may not be the type of blackface you see in old minstrel shows but a new form that we frequently view in pop culture,” the writer continues.


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NYPD reveals fleet of 14 drones

The New York Police Department (NYPD), the largest police force in the U.S., on Tuesday revealed its fleet of 14 drones, saying they will be used to aid policing efforts across the city.

"Whether it's a search and rescue mission, an inaccessible crime scene, a hostage situation, or a hazardous material incident, this technology will undoubtedly help keep New Yorkers and officers safe," the NYPD said in a statement.

Civil liberties groups raised concerns about the use of drones in a city with a history of surveilling its residents, particularly Muslims and other minority groups.


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Israel Government Tries To Cut German Funding For Pro-Palestinian Groups

The Israeli government is seeking to fight the funding of pro-Palestinian news venue +972 magazine and has asked the German government to "fundamentally rethink" its support for several human rights organizations in Israel.


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One Of Largest Child Pornography Bust - Light Sentence At Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Anthony White, from Ocean County, who was found with over 36,000 videos and images of child pornography on his computer devices was sentenced to six years in state prison.

White, 31, was one of 40 men who was arrested in 2016 during a child pornography sweep by the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


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Caravan – Mountain Minutemen Militia Guards San Diego Border

Just as the border patrol arrests at the Mexican border are reported to have jumped 78 percent in November compared to a year ago, the San Diego Mountain Minutemen militia vows it will continue to stand guard.

68-year-old Robert Crooks says he normally sleeps during the day. At night, when smugglers try to get drugs or migrants into the US, he wants to be alert.


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Nancy Pelosi Suggests Revisiting Tax Cuts ‘Crumbs’ To Fund Job Growth Proposal

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor issued its November jobs statement, reporting disappointing job growth in November.


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Iceland - Scandal Audio Hears Politicians Discuss ‘Whether Minister Was F***able’

Iceland is in the midst of a bizarre political scandal after a person working in a Reykjavik bar overheard several opposition politicians discuss various female members of parliament and their ‘looks.’ The barman recorded the conversation on his phone and leaked the recording.


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France, Belgium And Holland Prepare For ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Protests And Riots Today (Video)

France, Belgium and Holland are all preparing for new protests by the movements of the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) today, both in their respective capitals and other major cities. In Paris the measures being taken to prevent further violence are nothing short of extreme as army vehicles can be seen near the Arc De Triomphe already (pictured).


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NASA Scientist Says Aliens May Have Already Visited the Earth

Don’t look now, but aliens may have already been in our midst. It’s just that we were blissfully unaware about their presence. That’s according to a NASA scientist no less who said we may have already been visited by aliens, and we just didn’t know about it.


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US-China Technology War Deepens – Huawei CFO Remains Jailed

Huawei CFO Ms Meng Wanzhou will remain jailed in Canada. During her five-hour court hearing in Canada, it turned out that the US wants to put Ms Meng on trial for fraud.


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France - Macron Government Halts Fuel Taxes

The French government, via its Prime Minister Eduard Philippe, has promised to halt (or at least delay for six months until a debate can be held) the fuel taxes foreseen for 1 January 2019, a move seen as giving in to the ‘yellow vest’ protesters after the country experienced the worst rioting since the student uprising of 1968.


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TX - Shocking Discovery: Ecstasy Pill in Sonic Drive-In Kid’s Meal

An ecstasy pill was shockingly found in the hamburger wrapper bought for the consumption of a four-year-old boy. The kid’s elder 11-year-old sister discovered the anomaly when she unwrapped the hamburger from his kid’s meal purchased from a Texas fast food restaurant.


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Germany - Famous ‘Nun’ Shock Conviction For Indecent Exposure (Video)

The German actress and self-proclaimed exhibitionist Antje Mönning is ordered to pay a fine for ‘indecent exposure’ and a ‘public sex offense’. The woman had performed a striptease dance in mid-June for some unknown men in a public parking lot. What she did not know, however, is that the men were police officers in civilian clothes.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43513-Germany-Famous-Nun-Shock-Conviction-For-Indecent-Exposure-Video

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Massachusetts - Grand Jury Investigates Judge Who Helped Illegal Alien Escape ICE in Court


Newton District Judge Shelley Joseph is now under an investigation by a federal grand jury facing possible criminal indictments for assisting other members of the court in the escape plan for the illegal.

Jose Medina-Perez – whose true name may actually be Oscar Manuel Peguero or Julio Alexis Rios – was arrested by Newton police on Mar. 30 on an outstanding Pennsylvania warrant for drunk driving,

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UK and US ‘not paying fair share’ towards tackling climate change, report finds

>Rich nations must make 'much stronger commitments to fix the climate crisis that they, and their wealthiest elites, are largely responsible for creating'

Rich countries are not pulling their weight in the fight against climate change, and must provide emergency finance to support a global green transition, environmental groups have warned.

Presented at a major climate conference in Poland, a new report has compared the amount of money going into tackling global warming to the quantity of CO2 pollution each country emits.


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The reclaiming of the shrew - world's tiniest mammal rediscovered on Italian island

The world’s smallest mammal has been rediscovered on an Italian island, decades after it was thought to have become extinct there.

The Etruscan shrew, which weighs less than two grams and has a body length of about 1.5 inches, was believed to have died out on the island of Tavolara, which lies off the coast of Sardinia, 50 years ago.

But the minuscule creature, which is the smallest mammal in the world by mass, has reemerged, having inadvertently benefited from a rat eradication programme.


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Alex Fields Jr. Who Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Found Guilty Of First Degree Murder


Just a little over a year ago, a woman who was attending a counter-protest of a lawfully gathered group was killed when a Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd of agitated people. The anger toward the right-wing Unite the Right Rally which had acquired the necessary permits to gather prompted an unexpected group of people looking to mostly cause trouble for the Unite the Right Rally.

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Texas - Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty For Border Patrol Agent Who Killed 4 Sex Workers

Prosecutors in Texas are seeking the death penalty for a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to murdering four sex workers. Juan David Ortiz, 35, confessed to killing the four women in order to "clean up the streets" of his hometown in Texas's southern border.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43494-Texas-Prosecutors-Seeking-Death-Penalty-For-Border-Patrol-Agent-Who-Killed-4-Sex-Workers

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Ecuador: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave London embassy

Conditions have been met for Julian Assange to leave Ecuador's embassy in London. Britain has guaranteed that the WikiLeaks founder would not be extradited to any country where his life would be in danger.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that "the way has been cleared" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London.

Assange, 47, has spent the last six years in Ecuador's embassy to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden on allegations of sexual assault. Sweden has since dropped the case, and Ecuador says there are no pending extradition requests against him.


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Trump Appoints Former Fox Host Heather Nauert to Replace Nikki Haley at UN


The father also underscored the importance of preparing children for such possible horrible scenarios. He said his previous training came handy in a time of emergency. He shared after Garbacz’s sentencing that his children had been taught to be wary of strangers.

Prosecutor Brien Cecil said during the sentencing hearing that Garbacz has previously posed a danger to society as he has at least three prior felonies.

His latest crime came just months after he was released from a Florida prison after serving a four-year sentence for aggravated battery and assault.

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France - Can Macron Save His Presidency?

The protest of the yellow vests in France will reach a new culmination tomorrow when they protest in Paris again. At this moment, the uproar is so widespread that people are truly wondering whether President Macron can save his presidency at all.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43514-France-Can-Macron-Save-His-Presidency

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TX- Evil Stepmom Found Guilty of Injuring, Endangering Malnourished Child


Justice has finally caught up with an evil stepmother who was behind the beating and keeping a malnourished child inside a stairway closet more than four years ago. The woman has been found guilty of injuring and endangering a child.

Tammi Bleimeyer was arrested in March 2014 and charged with felony child endangerment after the then 5-year-old child’s 16-year-old brother, Bleimeyer’s own biological son, found him horrifically beaten and pitifully malnourished as he was kept hidden inside a stairway closet. The teen stepbrother spoke out about the horrible condition of the child.

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'Catfish' rapist jailed after tricking young women into sending naked selfies using fake Facebook

>'The victims, in this case, have shown real strength of character and fortitude by both assisting our investigation and providing evidence to the court'

A rapist who used fake social media profiles to lure young women into sending him intimate images of themselves before blackmailing them has been jailed.

Rhys Miller-Offiong, 24, ‘catfished’ his victims by posing as a white man on Facebook and dating website Plenty of Fish, where he befriended them and convinced them to send him naked selfies.


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President Trump, First Lady Sit With Previous Presidents With Dignity At George H.W. Bush's Funeral


The 41st president's funeral took place Wednesday and the day was marked as a national day of mourning in honor of Bush senior. This means that federal offices including the United States Post Office did not operate Wednesday to observe the day of mourning. The current President, Donald J. Trump, tweeted about his predecessor's passing saying, "Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"

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MS-13 Killer Murdered 17-Year-Old After He Was Freed By Obama-Appointed Judge


The U.S. Border Patrol recently released a video showing two small children being dropped from the top of the 18-foot border wall at the U.S./Mexico border. It isn't just child smugglers getting into America, it was also reported two days ago that an MS-13 gang member was arrested by the CBP along with five other illegal immigrants on their way to Los Angeles.

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New homes 'crumbling due to weak mortar'

Hundreds of new properties have been built using weak mortar that does not meet recommended industry standards, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

There are reports of homes with the fault on at least 13 estates in the UK.

The full extent of the industry-wide problem is hard to measure as some homeowners have been asked to sign gagging orders to claim compensation.

The industry says mortar performance is a complex issue and can be affected by a number of factors.


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GA - Teen Arrested for Scamming State of $20 Million in Online Business

An 18-year-old teen has pulled off astounding bank fraud transactions that ranged from $14,000 to $28 million.

The City of South Fulton confirmed that Charles Turner is under investigation for the shocking scam.


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Death of Guatemalan toddler detained by ICE sparks $60 million legal claim

>A Guatemalan toddler who died weeks after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with her mother is at the center of a wrongful death claim that's seeking $60 million from the federal government.

Mariee Juarez and mother Yazmin, who told ABC News she was fleeing an abusive situation at home, illegally crossed into the United States earlier this year, but they were detained and taken to a family detention center in Dilley, Texas, where all medical care is provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Services.


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TX - Thousands Turn Out To Greet Bush’s Funeral Train

US President Bush has finished his last trip on earth. The deceased president was taken to his final resting place in Whitehall, Texas. The train ride came after a week of ceremonies in Washington and Texas and was performed with a special train adorned in the colors of Air Force One and with the inscription 'George Bush 41' on the side.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43515-TX-Thousands-Turn-Out-To-Greet-Bush-s-Funeral-Train

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CNN HQ Evacuated over Alleged Hoax Bomb Threat, All Clear by NYPD


At around midnight Eastern Standard Time, CNN Headquarters in New York City late Thursday night caused the network to stop live on-the-air programming as a response to what's believed to be a hoax bomb threat, resonating fears with an evacuation.

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Nevada Democratic Sen. critical of grouse plan

>The documents include emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg about the company's business model and how it leverages your data to make money.

Facebook really didn’t want this to happen. On Wednesday, a British politician who has been highly critical of the social media giant publicly dumped a huge cache of sensitive internal Facebook documentsfor anyone to download and read.

The documents include details on the distribution of Facebook’s various apps; how the company worked very closely with some app developers to grant them access to user data, and how the company specifically incentivizes sharing on the platform in order to feed that data back to advertisers. They also include information about how the company tried to hide and downplay the amount of data that it collected from the Android version of the Facebook app.


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Nearly 250 Pages of Devastating Internal Facebook Documents Posted Online By UK Parliament

>The documents include emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg about the company's business model and how it leverages your data to make money.

Facebook really didn’t want this to happen. On Wednesday, a British politician who has been highly critical of the social media giant publicly dumped a huge cache of sensitive internal Facebook documentsfor anyone to download and read.

The documents include details on the distribution of Facebook’s various apps; how the company worked very closely with some app developers to grant them access to user data, and how the company specifically incentivizes sharing on the platform in order to feed that data back to advertisers. They also include information about how the company tried to hide and downplay the amount of data that it collected from the Android version of the Facebook app.


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JAL, ANA pilots skipped alcohol tests

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have each found more than 100 cases in which their pilots skipped pre-flight alcohol tests.

The internal probe followed a series of incidences recently where Japanese airline pilots have been barred from flights due to alcohol-related issues.

All Nippon Airways said that during the year through November 2018, their pilots skipped breath tests in 393 cases.

Some pilots explained that they were in a hurry after their flights had suddenly been changed. Other pilots said they saw breathalyzers being used by other pilots and then forgot to take the test themselves.


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Labor agrees to pass encryption laws 'to keep Australians safe' over Christmas

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has backed down on encryption laws, agreeing to pass the controversial measures so they will be in place over the long Christmas parliamentary break.

The laws passed on Thursday evening with 44 Ayes and 12 Noes.

The Labor party was previously insisting on the changes, making it all-but-certain that the laws could not pass until February in 2019.

“We will pass the encryption laws, unsatisfactory as they are, right now,” Mr. Shorten said at a surprise press conference on Thursday evening, while the Senate debate continued elsewhere in the building.


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Animal welfare activists ‘appalled’ as slaughterhouses fail to install CCTV despite deadline

‘>These businesses are now operating illegally and need to comply or cease operation,’ Compassion in World Farming says

Animal welfare activists say they are “appalled” after it emerged there are slaughterhouses without CCTV, despite a deadline for their installation having passed last month.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) told The Independent seven per cent of abattoirs in England still had “no CCTV system in place” and an unconfirmed number “were in the process of complying” following the 5 November cut-off.


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Japan urged to scrap law forcing transgender people to be sterilised before they can transition

>The rule requiring applicants to 'permanently lack functioning gonads' condemned by UN and WHO

The Japanese Government is being urged to end a rule requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation to legally change gender.

People who seek to alter their legal sex must appeal to a family court under legislation entitled Law 111.

Although the law affords some rights to transgender people and was hailed as a step towards equality for LGBT people when it was introduced in 2003, it imposes a series of restrictions on those seeking legal recognition.


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Huawei CFO arrest 'violates human rights', China says

China has urged the US and Canada to "clarify" the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer.

The daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms giant was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December and could face extradition to the US.

Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

China demanded her release, saying her detention was possibly a rights abuse.


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Albert Einstein's 'God letter' in which physicist rejected religion auctioned for $3m

>‘The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends’

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein rejecting religion has been auctioned for almost $3m (£2.3m).

The “God letter” was written in 1954 in Einstein’s native German in response to the work of the philosopher Eric Gutkind.

In the letter, the theoretical physicist outlines his thoughts on religion and his own Jewish identity.


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CO - Pedo Gets Prison After Child-Luring Try Foiled By Crowbar-Armed Babysitter


The father also underscored the importance of preparing children for such possible horrible scenarios. He said his previous training came handy in a time of emergency. He shared after Garbacz’s sentencing that his children had been taught to be wary of strangers.

Prosecutor Brien Cecil said during the sentencing hearing that Garbacz has previously posed a danger to society as he has at least three prior felonies.

His latest crime came just months after he was released from a Florida prison after serving a four-year sentence for aggravated battery and assault.

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Queer Catholics Condemn Pope’s Claim That Being Gay Has Become ‘Fashionable’

>Pope Francis claimed in an interview that homosexuality has become a “fashionable” lifestyle in some societies.

Pope Francis has suggested that being gay has become “fashionable” in some modern-day societies ― a remark that has prompted concern among queer Catholics.

In an interview with a Spanish priest about religious vocations, Francis reportedly said that there is “no place for this kind of affection” in the lives of Roman Catholic priests, religious brothers and religious sisters.

“In our societies, it even seems homosexuality is fashionable. And this mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” Francis was quoted as saying in the interview, according to the Associated Press.


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France protests: Government fears 'major violence' in coming days

The French government says it fears "major violence" in Paris on Saturday as the national "yellow vests" protest movement shows little sign of easing.

The Eiffel Tower is to close along with many shops, restaurants and museums and thousands more police will be on duty.

The government said it was scrapping the fuel tax increases in its budget - the original spark for the protests.

But broader discontent with the government has spread, and protests have erupted over several other issues.


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Luxembourg Announces Plan To Become First Country To Make All Public Transportation Free

>The country’s newly re-elected coalition government has promised to lift fares on public trains, trams, and buses by summer 2019.

In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of cars, Luxembourg has announced its plan to become the first country in the world to make all its public transportation free.

The European country’s recently re-elected coalition government led by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has promised to lift fares on trains, trams and buses nationwide by summer 2019, The Guardian reported.

As the paper noted, however, some of the finer points of the plan have yet to be ironed out, including whether trains will still have first and second class compartments and if so, if riders will be charged in those cases.


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Reindeer in Sweden usually migrate in November. But there's still no snow.

>“I can't ask my father what to do now because he hasn’t seen this; it hasn’t happened during his lifetime.”

It may be December but almost 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle there’s still not enough snow for reindeer to begin their annual migration.

Sweden’s indigenous Sami people have herded the animals for generations, with the corral usually happening over a two-week period in November.

But this year the tradition has been postponed because temperatures keep fluctuating above and below the freezing mark.


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Teenager accused of 'sexting' schoolgirls loses bid to make police delete crime reports

>The boy claimed Greater Manchester Police's retention of crime reports was 'disproportionate interference' with his right to privacy

A teenager accused of “sexting” two girls at his school lost a High Court battle to force the police to delete details of the incidents.

The boy, known only as CL, claimed Greater Manchester Police‘s retention of crime reports on the incidents was a “disproportionate interference” with his right to privacy.

Lawyers for the teenager, who was aged 14 and 15 at the time of the incidents, argued the “blanket and indiscriminate approach to recording personal details without regard to the fact that CL was a minor” was unlawful.


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One million young children risk being without warm clothes and food this Christmas, report warns

>'Families are living in practically Dickensian levels of poverty'

One million of the youngest children could be deprived of basics - such as warm winter clothing, fresh food or celebrations - this Christmas, a new report warns.

The UK risks ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty as hundreds of thousands of children aged 10 or under face a desperate Christmas, an analysis of government figures by charity Action for Children finds.

And a new survey from the charity, of 2,000 parents, reveals that more families are feeling the squeeze over the festive period.


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Border arrests climbed in November to highest level of Trump era

The number of people arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in November rose to the highest monthly level of the Trump presidency, according to preliminary statistics obtained by POLITICO.

Border Patrol arrested 51,856 migrants in November — a 78 percent increase over the same month a year earlier.


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Ancient plague may have wiped out Stone Age farmers in Europe

>Scientists think 'mega-settlements' provided perfect conditions for new disease to evolve

A new type of plague extracted from 5,000 year-old human remains may have played a role in wiping out Europe’s Stone Age farmers.

Scientists extracted the ancient bacteria from the genetic material of a 20-year-old woman at a site in Sweden.

Not only do they think this sample is the closest thing ever identified to the origin of the infamous disease, but the scientists also say it may help solve a long-standing prehistoric mystery.


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US says it has conducted 'extraordinary' flight over Ukraine in warning to Russia

>Department of Defense says the flight is aimed at 'reaffirming commitment' to its allies

The United States has said it has conducted an “extraordinary” flight over Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

The announcement comes eleven days after a naval clash that saw Russian forces open fire on and seize three Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Pentagon said the timing of the flight - undertaken as part of the Open Skies Treaty, was “intended to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine and other nations.”


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D.C. Dems funded super PAC that attacked Ted Cruz

A super PAC that appeared shortly before the November election and spent $2.3 million attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was funded by Washington Democrats, election spending disclosures revealed for the first time on Thursday.

The Texas Forever PAC received all but $10,000 of its $2.4 million in funding from Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).


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51,856 apprehended on Mexican border in November, most of Trump's presidency

More than 51,000 people were caught illegally entering the United States from Mexico in November, according to Department of Homeland Security data released Thursday evening, the highest number recorded since President Trump took office almost two years ago.

“The November 2018 border numbers are the predictable result of a broken immigration system — including flawed judicial rulings — that usurps the will of the American people who have repeatedly demanded secure borders," DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement.

Half of those who illegally entered — 25,172 — were families. That figure is nearly four times more than the 7,000 families apprehended just one year earlier.


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Sir Philip Green named in Parliament as businessman at centre of Britain's #MeToo scandal

Sir Philip Green has been named in Parliament as the businessman at the centre of Britain’s #MeToo scandal.

The Topshop owner was identified by Lord Hain, the former Leader of the House of Commons, after two days of speculation over the name of the man behind the injunction.

The former Labour cabinet minister said that he had been contacted by someone “intimately involved in the case” and felt a “duty” to reveal the name using parliamentary privilege.


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Israeli Army Denied Soldiers Threw Gas Canister Into Hebron School. Then a Video Surfaced

An Israeli soldier was filmed shooting tear gas into a Palestinian school in Hebron during school hours, despite military denials. A military source later said the soldier apparently shot in response to rocks thrown by students.

Palestinians have reported that soldiers have been shooting tear gas and stun grenades into schools, but the Israel Defense Forces has denied such incidents. Haaretz obtained a video documenting at least one such incident.

Last week, Palestinians reported to Israeli veterans' anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence an increase in the scope of tear gas launched at Hebron schools located in an area of Hebron where many schools can be found, including primary schools.


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Pruitt legal fund got $50,000 donation from Wisconsin billionaire

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who left the agency in July under a cloud of scandals, received $50,000 from a wealthy conservative businesswoman for his legal defense fund, according to his final financial disclosure report released Thursday.

The donor, self-made billionaire Diane Hendricks of Beloit, Wis., was also a major donor to President Donald Trump's campaign, which named her one of its economic advisers, and she contributed heavily to Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaigns.


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Hip implant maker was alerted to safety fears, as surgeon told them

British patients were fitted with controversial hip implants despite the company behind them being warned by experts that the type of device was unsafe, secret documents reveal.

A senior engineer working for DePuy reported in 1995 that metal-on-metal constructions were “unpredictable” and parts prone to “catastrophic breakdown” five years before DePuy’s hips began to be implanted in Britons.


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Facebook accused of striking 'secret deals over user data'

Emails written by Facebook's chief and his deputies show the firm struck secret deals to give some developers special access to user data while refusing others, according to MPs.

A cache of internal documents has been published online by a parliamentary committee.

It said the files also showed Facebook had deliberately made it "as hard as possible" for users to be aware of privacy changes to its Android app.

Facebook had objected to their release.

It said that the documents had been presented in a "very misleading manner" and required additional context.


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The British #MeToo scandal which cannot be revealed

A leading businessman has been granted an injunction against The Telegraph to prevent this newspaper revealing alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff.

The accusations against the businessman, who cannot be identified, would be sure to reignite the #MeToo movement against the mistreatment of women, minorities and others by powerful employers.

#MeToo became a worldwide social media campaign last year after revelations about Harvey Weinstein, the American movie mogul. Like Weinstein, the British businessman used controversial non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence and pay off his alleged victims with “substantial sums”.


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State Dept. official: China holding 800k Muslim minorities in internment camps

State Department official Scott Busby told senators this week that China has detained at least 800,000 Muslim minorities in internment camps.

"The U.S. government assesses that since April 2017, Chinese authorities have indefinitely detained at least 800,000 and possibly more than 2 million Uighurs, ethnic Khazakhs, and other members of Muslim minorities in internment camps," Busby, the deputy assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor, told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Tuesday.


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President Bush's Funeral - Lip Reader Reveals What Was Said Between Presidential Couples

US television networks had hired a lip reader as well as a body language expert to reveal what was said during the funeral of former President Bush and what the body language of the several presidential couples revealed.

Expert lip reader Larry Wenig and body language interpreter Dr. Lillian Glass gave their opinions as to how the chemistry between the current and former presidential couples was as they sat next to each other at the funeral of 41.


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Researchers grow a placenta in a petri dish

>The organ is essential for pregnancy but has been nearly impossible to study.

The placenta supports the fetus while it is in utero (and, according to some, a placenta can even support a rosebush if it's buried under one after delivery). We know a placenta is essential for a successful pregnancy, but we don’t really know exactly how it works because we’ve had no experimental models we can use to study it. Until now.

Researchers in England examined all of the signaling molecules they could find rushing around between the mother and the placenta (which originates from fetal tissue), figuring they might induce the placenta to grow and develop. From this analysis they generated a blend of signaling molecules that they expected could induce placental formation in a culture dish.


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500-Year-Old Body of Man Wearing Thigh-High Boots Found in London Sewer Construction

During the construction of London's massive "super sewer," archaeologists discovered something unusual in the mud: a 500-year-old skeleton of a man still wearing his thigh-high leather boots.

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) announced this week that the skeleton was unearthed on the shores of the Thames, near a bend in the river downstream from the Tower of London.


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Model ‘sexually assaulted' at celebrity nightclub before being 'raped at hotel'

>Police are investigating after a video went viral of the alleged assault in Faces - a nightclub popular among stars from Love Island and TOWIE

Police are investigating claims that a model was drugged and sexually assaulted at a celebrity nightclub before being gang raped at a nearby hotel.

The 20-year-old was allegedly assaulted at Faces nightclub, in Gants Hill, London, a favourite hotspot of stars from Love Island and The Only Way is Essex.

The investigation was sparked after a video went viral on social media, apparently showing a debilitated woman being sexually assaulted after her drink had been spiked, on November 30.


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Measles threat looms in Philippines as trust in vaccines declines

>Politics and conflict both significant factors, experts say

Health experts on Monday warned against a possible outbreak of measles in the Philippines, as a disease long under control threatens to emerge again amid patchy immunization programs and declining trust in vaccines.

Measles cases jumped nearly fivefold to 17,300 in the first 11 months of 2018 versus last year's figure, mostly in conflict areas in the south, said doctors and officials of the World Health Organization (WHO).


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EU Stock Markets Plunge On Shock Huawei CFO Arrest

European stock markets dropped sharply after it was reported that Canadian authorities (at the demand of the US State Department) had arrested the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei in Vancouver (see our related coverage).

The Senior Huawei executive, Ms Meng Wanzhou, is the daughter of CEO Ren Zhengfei, a man who has close connections to the Chinese government.


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Will Whitaker End Mueller Tomorrow?

A lot of judiciary rumors in Washington and New York this past week, where Special Counsel Robert Mueller tried to put an end to his search for the exact facts of the alleged Russian meddling into the Presidential elections two years ago. 

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43501-Will-Whitaker-End-Mueller-Tomorrow 

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Tennessee inmate chooses electric chair over lethal injection

An inmate in the US state of Tennessee is to be executed by electric chair after arguing that a lethal injection would involve suffering.

David Earl Miller, who has spent 36 years on death row, is among an increasing number of inmates attempting to avoid lethal injection following several botched executions.

Another Tennessee inmate, Edmund Zagorski, was electrocuted last month.

Lethal injection is the state's main method of execution.

However, inmates in the state whose crimes were committed before 1999 are allowed to choose electrocution instead.


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The Indian restaurants that serve only half a glass of water

While many parts of India are going through a sustained water crisis, the western city of Pune is trying to deal with the problem in a rather unusual way, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey.

The dystopian future we worried about is already here.

Many restaurants in the city of Pune have begun serving only half glasses of water to guests.

At the pure vegetarian Kalinga restaurant, a couple has just been seated when a waiter approaches their table and asks if they want water.


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Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide

A big search and rescue operation is continuing in Japan for five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided and crashed into the sea.

Two Marines were rescued. One is in "fair condition", while the other "is being transported to a local hospital for evaluation", Marines officials say.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima, Marines officials say.

US media say they crashed during a mid-air refuelling exercise.

The Marine Corps has not officially confirmed this, describing the incident as a "mishap".


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The Italian town where the air is lethal

Italy's faltering economy and booming corruption problem have cruelled the opportunity to save a whole city from some of the worst industrial pollutions in Europe.

When Grazia Parisi first began treating sick children, she hoped she could bring every one of them back to health.

Now, when the pediatrician ushers them into the cool, white-washed room she keeps on Via d'Aquino, she simply dreads what she'll find.


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Fears Grow For British Backpacker Missing In New Zealand

Police in New Zealand are urging any members the public who may have information relating to the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane to come forward, as her family launch a desperate appeal for news of her whereabouts.

22-year-old Grace Millane was last seen on Saturday night (December 1) in Auckland’s Central Business District. Since then she has not returned to her room at the Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland and has had no contact with concerned family members in that time.


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Congress looks to usurp Trump’s foreign policy powers

>Senators are furious after the Khashoggi killing and are eager to challenge the president.

The Senate is on the verge of an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump’s foreign policy, underscoring a bipartisan willingness to encroach on the president’s powers as commander in chief.

From forcing Trump to impose sanctions on Russia to raising questions about his nuclear trigger finger, lawmakers are repeatedly asserting themselves in an area long dominated by the executive branch.


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Yemen war: 'Milestone' peace talks begin in Sweden

Peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen, described by the UN special envoy as an important milestone, have started in Sweden.

Martin Griffiths announced the signing of a prisoner swap deal that would see thousands of families reunited.

His team is working alongside delegations from the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels to enable informal talks due to last a week.

The war has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis in recent times.

Thousands of people have died in fighting and millions have been pushed to the brink of starvation.


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Russians criticise music concert cancelling advice

Russian social media users have reacted negatively to proposed "instructions" on how to cancel music concerts in the country.

Posting on social network VKontakte - the Russian version of Facebook - the group which calls itself What is Good 2.0 is calling on parents to unite against "amoral" musicians.

The instructions tell people to check the lyrics and search for phrases advocating "sadism, bad language and drugs" and then to report them to the authorities. They offer guidance on how to make an official police complaint and what laws to cite.


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Five Marines missing after two U.S. aircraft collide, crash into sea off Japan

Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Thursday, Japanese and American officials said.

Japan’s defense ministry said its maritime forces had so far found two of the seven Marines who were aboard the aircraft - an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules - at the time of the incident.


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Diet enacts contentious law allowing private firms to take charge of Japan’s water supplies

The Diet on Thursday enacted a controversial law allowing private companies to run water supply services as many public suppliers fall into the red and struggle to update aging facilities amid a shrinking population.

But critics are worried that the revised Water Supply Act, which paves the way for local governments to sell the rights to manage water services for as long as 20 years, will effectively lead to privatization, a move that could lead to higher water bills and prove unsuitable for coordinating reliable responses in times of disaster.


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Homeless man finds $17,000 outside food bank and gives it to volunteer

>Money returned to charity after 90 days when no one claims it and Kevin Booth rewarded with citizen's citation for honesty

A homeless man is being praised after he handed in $17,000 he found inside a bag outside a food bank in Washington.

Kevin Booth, 32, found the cash inside a brown bag outside the Sumner Food Bank in Sumner in August while looking for the bread that is left outside the building for people to take.

When Mr. Booth opened the bag he saw it was filled with $17,000 (£13,400) worth of cash.


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Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn, citing his 'substantial assistance'

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked a federal court for no prison time for President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his “substantial assistance” in the Russia investigation and other ongoing probes.

In a court filing released late Tuesday, Mueller said it would be “appropriate” for the judge to impose a sentence for Flynn that does not include prison time. Federal sentencing guidelines called for Flynn to be sentenced to between zero and six months in prison and face up to a $9,500 fine.


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Spanish court finds 5 men who attacked teen not guilty of gang rape

>Lawyers for the defendants argued the sex was consensual

Hundreds of people protested across Spain on Wednesday after a Spanish court upheld a sexual abuse conviction and nine-year prison sentence for five men who attacked an 18-year-old woman, but again acquitted them of gang rape.

A lower court handed down the sentence last year, triggering protests in two dozen Spanish cities by women's rights advocates, angry about what they saw as the court's leniency.

Lawyers for the victim appealed, asking for a gang rape conviction, which carries a heavier sentence. Lawyers for the five men argued the sex was consensual.


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One million children face 'Dickensian poverty'

A million children under the age of 10, in England and Scotland, are facing "Dickensian" levels of poverty as they prepare for Christmas, a charity says.

Action for Children drew on government figures for the number of low-income families with children of that age that are experiencing material deprivation.

The charity also highlights a 30% rise in the demand for financial advice over the past three years.

The government said since 2010, 300,000 fewer children were living in poverty.


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Facebook CEO backed sharing customer data despite second thoughts

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg questioned the business case for giving millions of outside software developers wide access to customer data before endorsing the practice in 2012, according to internal emails published on Wednesday.

The decision made it possible for a quiz app to gather data on about 87 million Facebook users the following year, and later share the information with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trumps’ presidential campaign.


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Police arrest three men on suspicion of terror offences

Police investigating extreme right-wing activity in the UK have arrested three men on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Those arrested are a 17-year-old from London, a 21-year-old from Bath and an 18-year-old from Portsmouth.

The BBC understands the investigation relates to alleged activity by a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division.

Searches are ongoing at four properties in Bath, London, Portsmouth and Leeds, officers said.

Police said the arrests, made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, were part of a planned operation.


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Dual-class shares are a threat to Asian market fairness, governance watchdog warns

Two decades of progress on corporate governance in Asian markets and companies is coming under threat by increasingly "localist" thinking, a watchdog group warned Wednesday.

The Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) cited the introduction in Hong Kong and Singapore of dual-class shares — and concerns that the idea is spreading — as an example of local markets turning away from the principle of shareholder fairness.


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France - New ‘Heavy Violent Paris Riots’ Expected Saturday, Unions Confirm Participatio

The office of the French president Emmanuel Macron expects "very serious violence" Saturday in Paris, where the movement of the "gilets jaunes" wants to demonstrate again, despite earlier concessions from the government. President Macron calls for calm while demonstrators are calling on him to resign. Tourism bookings for the French capital have fallen drastically.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43499-France-New-Heavy-Violent-Paris-Riots-Expected-Saturday-Unions-Confirm-Participation

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Dubai-based mobile payments provider Beam goes global after major retail acquisition

Dubai-based mobile payments platform Beam will expand into seven new markets next year, seeking international growth in the increasingly competitive and fragmented payments sector.

"Now we've demonstrated and proven value for both the consumer and for the merchant, it's about taking to the next level and opening up into new markets," Beam co-founder Shezan Amiji told CNBC's "Capital Connection" on Wednesday.


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California clears final hurdle for state's landmark solar panel mandate for new homes

A requirement for new homes built in California starting in 2020 to include solar rooftop panels is now formally part of the state's building code. It follows approval Tuesday by the California Building Standards Commission of a plan endorsed in May by a state energy panel.

The action by the state building standards commission came in a unanimous 8-0 vote and makes California the first state in the nation to mandate solar-energy installations on most single-family homes as well as multi-family residential buildings up to three stories, including condos and apartment complexes. However, the solar rule has raised concerns the cost to build new homes will soar and further erode home affordability statewide.


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Costa Ricans arrest resort guard in death of Florida woman

A security guard at a Costa Rica Airbnb rental villa was arrested in the death of a Florida woman who was remembered by friends as an avid world traveler and "happy soul," authorities said Wednesday.

Carla Stefaniak of Hallandale Beach, Florida, went to the Central American country to celebrate her 36th birthday but never boarded her Nov. 28 return flight after messaging friends that it was "pretty sketchy" at her resort. That prompted her family to raise the alarm with Costa Rican authorities.


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A Former Australian Archbishop Has Been Cleared of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

An Australian appeal court has overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse.

New South Wales state District Court Judge Roy Ellis on Thursday upheld former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s appeal against his May conviction for concealing the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the 1970s. Ellis found there is reasonable doubt that the 68-year-old cleric had committed the crime, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.


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The 'holy grail' for cancer diagnostics? Australian researchers claim breakthrough in new study

Australian scientists have developed a simple blood test that they claim can diagnose cancer in mere minutes by identifying a unique DNA signature present in all types of the disease.

A genetic pattern in all cancers, researchers said Tuesday, could help make diagnosing cancer more accessible and affordable. The blood test detected cancer with 90 percent accuracy in the University of Queensland’s tests of different human cancers and healthy cells and can be done in only 10 minutes.


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Greenland's ice sheet melt has 'gone into overdrive' and is now 'off the charts'

The icy realm of Greenland is getting hot under the collar.

The melting of Greenland's massive ice sheet has now accelerated, scientists announced Wednesday, and shows no signs of slowing down, according to a new study.

"Melting of the Greenland ice sheet has gone into overdrive," said Luke Trusel, a glaciologist at Rowan University and lead author of the study. "Greenland melt is adding to sea level more than any time during the last three and a half centuries, if not thousands of years," he said.


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Russia Humiliates NATO In Ukraine Navy Conflict

"Russia needs to understand that its actions will have consequences." 

That was the tough message NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg sent out early last week, after the Russian navy attacked Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea. No follow-up action has since been taken. 

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43485-Russia-Humiliates-NATO-In-Ukraine-Navy-Conflict 

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Marine Aircraft Collide Off The Coast Of Japan, Search Underway For Survivors

A search and rescue mission is underway after five United States Marines went missing after two aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan. The crashes occurred early Thursday, according to the Marine Corps and the Japanese military. Of the crash victims, two have been found but the search for the other five is still underway.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43498-Marine-Aircraft-Collide-Off-The-Coast-Of-Japan-Search-Underway-For-Survivors

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Microplastics found in guts of every species of sea turtle across world

>'Our society's addiction to throwaway plastic is fuelling a global environmental crisis that must be tackled at source'

Fragments of plastic have been found in every single species of turtle in a new study spanning the world’s oceans.

Microplastic particles and tiny fibres were found in the guts of more than 100 turtle carcasses from the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean.

A large proportion of the material extracted came in the form of fibers like those used in clothing, cigarette filters, and fishing nets, but the scientists also found microbeads of the kind used in cosmetics.


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Facebook Angry Response To Soros Attacks

The Board of Directors of tech giant Facebook is backing their CFO Sheryl Sandberg in the George Soros scandal which has been dominating news about the social media giant.

more here:https://thegoldwater.com/news/43497-Facebook-Angry-Response-To-Soros-Attacks

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#BloodSausagegate - German Minister Serves Pork Sausage During Islam Conference

German Interior Minister Ernst Seehofer rose to power last year and was immediately strongly against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy. Instead of bleeding support on the right, he wanted the CDU / CSU party to be more right-wing and take back the voters they had lost to the anti-immigrant AfD.


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2,000-Year-Old Grauballe "Bog Man" Nearly Perfectly Preserved

The story of the Grauballe Man started a long, long time ago, but his more recent discovery occurred in 1952 in Jutland, Denmark. The 2,000-year-old man was found nearly perfectly preserved by two peat-diggers, he has been known as the Grauballe Man ever since. Now, scientists are trying to use his incredibly well-preserved remains to learn more about how prehistoric German tribesman lived in the third century BC.

more here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/43495-2-000-Year-Old-Grauballe-Bog-Man-Nearly-Perfectly-Preserved

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Norway to heavily restrict palm oils linked to deforestation

>'The Norwegian parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and demonstrates the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry,' activist says

Norway is to become the first country to stop its biofuel industry buying palm oil that is linked to catastrophic deforestation.

The parliamentary decision, which is set to come into force from 2020, has been welcomed as a victory in the fight to save rainforests, prevent climate change and protect endangered orang-utans.


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Actor Sean Penn Arrives In Istanbul To Begin Filming Documentary On Khashoggi's Assassination


Usually, when a harrowing, real-life political drama occurs, it is a while before it is ever adapted into a film. This is not the case for the tragic assassination of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed October 2, 2018. Exactly two months after the journalist's death, Sean Penn arrived in Istanbul and was seen outside the Saudi consulate which is where Khashoggi was assassinated, to begin production on a documentary about Khashoggi's assassination.

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The Department of Justice just took a step to make asylum even more difficult for Central Americans

The Department of Justice took a quiet step earlier this week that could make it even more difficult for some immigrants to seek asylum. One immigration attorney called the decision "deeply troubling" and said it may have sweeping, negative impacts for Central American asylum seekers, a group that's already been targeted by the Trump administration and has disproportionately high denial rates.

In a one-page Department of Justice filing on Monday evening, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced with little fanfare that he would "certify" the a case called the "Matter of L-E-A-", referring the case to himself for a final decision on its outcome. To aid in his review, Whitaker invited both involved and interested parties to file briefs on the case, particularly "under what circumstances, an alien may establish persecution on account of membership in a 'particular social group'… based on the alien's membership in a family unit."


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NYC sets $17 an hour minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers

New York City has become the first in the U.S. to set a minimum wage for app-based car services. The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday to establish a per-minute and per-mile payment formula for Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno and Gett that is supposed to result in drivers earning $17.22 an hour. Regulators say it will raise drivers' annual earnings by $10,000 a year.

"New York City is once again passing landmark regulation to protect workers in the unruly gig economy," the New York Taxi Workers Alliance said in a statement.

The city's minimum wage is set to increase to $15 an hour at the end of this year. The equivalent wage for drivers, who are considered independent contractors and have to cover their own expenses, is $17.22.


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Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brands To Support If You're Over Victoria's Secret

For more than 20 years the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show has filled our screens with sequin-studded bras and fabulously feathered wings on a runway that seems to have everything — but representation.

Though the brand has been criticized in the past for its lack of inclusivity at the annual show and beyond, it finally feels like reality has caught up with this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show ratings. According to Nielsen, the show’s viewership has been dwindling over the past five years, and 2018′s show was an all-time low at 3.3 million viewers, and a 0.9 rating among adults aged 18 to 49.


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Google contractors: We didn't get security alerts during April shooting

Nearly a month after more than 20,000 Google workers walked off the job to protest the search giant's handling of sexual misconduct cases, CEO Sundar Pichai is being called out for how the company treats its contract employees. The claims include limiting access to information involving worker safety.

Google in November revamped the way it deals with claims of sexual harassment and assault, but the revised policies largely exclude thousands of contractors supplied by a third-party. These workers reportedly make up more than half of Google's total staff. A group of them on Wednesday wrote an open letter to Pichai demanding change.


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Stephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt "fled to Spain after police raid"

>Jamie Acourt is accused of being at the heart of a conspiracy to supply "huge quantities" of cannabis resin

Stephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt fled to Spain after police raided his home over a multi-million pound drugs ring, a court heard.

Acourt, 42, was out when officers arrived but told a detective on the phone that he would hand himself in before going on the run for two years.

He was arrested after living in hiding using the alias Simon Alfonzo.

Police raided his home in Bexley, South East London, where he lived with his partner, Terri-Ann Dean, and their two children, in 2016.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said Ms Dean returned home, rang Acourt and passed the phone to an officer, who told him to return or hand himself to a police station.


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Utah Joins More Than 30 States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

Utah is joining more than 30 other states in legalizing medical marijuana after the governor signed a measure into law on Monday.

Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act into law after state legislators made changes to a pro-medical marijuana bill that voters approved by ballot last month.


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Britain on red alert after warnings of fresh wave of Russian spy attacks

>A secret memo leaked to the Mirror calls for military and intelligence officers to be vigilant for Kremlin spies

Russian spooks have launched a fresh wave of potentially deadly ­espionage missions across the UK, British security chiefs have warned.

A secret memo leaked to the Mirror – and issued to Whitehall bosses – calls for military and intelligence officers to be on high alert for Kremlin spies.

MI5 and police intelligence units think Russian diplomats who were not thrown out of the UK after the novichok attacks earlier this year are being mobilised on intelligence missions.

The leaked message urges security and military personnel to record any Russian diplomatic cars spotted in Britain.


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Demonstrators Across Israel Protest Violence Against Women

Protesters across Israel on Tuesday criticized what they say is the government's failure to address violence against women.

Activists carried signs bearing the names of women killed this year, lit candles and blocked city streets. Some demonstrators lay in the roads, with fake blood splattered across their clothes, and clutching stuffed animals. In Tel Aviv, protesters displayed shoes that had been dyed red. In Jerusalem, a fountain spouted red fluid, resembling blood.


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Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson's long-term health uncertain after traumatic brain injury

>Severe brain injury suffered in Saturday's knockout loss renews concerns about the danger of the sport

It's too early to give a prognosis for Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson, who remains in a Quebec City hospital after suffering a "severe traumatic brain injury" in a knockout loss on Saturday, a doctor said Wednesday.

"His condition requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological monitoring. It is too early to comment on Mr. Stevenson's long-term prognosis," said Dr. Alexis Turgeon, an intensive-care specialist at the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus.


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Federal Legislation Seeks Ban On Shackling Of Pregnant Inmates

As Congress prepares to adjourn for the holidays, one piece of legislation that's still on the table is a bipartisan criminal justice bill known as the First Step Act.

It aims to improve federal prison conditions and reduce some prison sentences, a sticking point for some lawmakers. But the bill also contains a less controversial provision: a ban on shackling pregnant women.

Incarcerated people outside prison walls are considered potential flight risks. That label applies even to pregnant women when they leave prisons for medical care or to give birth.


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