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Donald Trump picks conservative GOP lawmaker Mick Mulvaney as his budget director

Donald Trump picks conservative GOP lawmaker Mick Mulvaney as his budget director

While Trump has said some of the money will come from private companies, in order to fund an investment of this size, there would most likely need to be significant spending from the federal government. Bush before successfully running for a Senate seat. "President-elect Trump has picked the ringleader of Republicans' efforts to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, said in a statement. Read More

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Donald Trump Closes Out His 'Thank You' Tour With Alabama Rally

Donald Trump Closes Out His 'Thank You' Tour With Alabama Rally

Later, Mr. Trump gave his account of November 8, claiming that halfway through election night he wanted to switch venues with Hillary Clinton's campaign, which had rented out a convention center on the west side of Manhattan. Aides said the president-elect probably would spend Christmas week there and could stay until New Year's. That was the beginning. Originally planned for a small convention center, tickets quickly sold out. Read More

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Merriam-Webster has announced Word of the Year for 2016

The company's data-driven approach measures the word of the year's worthiness by two metrics: a high volume of lookups and a high increase in lookups over last year. The folks behind the dictionary's Twitter account encouraged people to look up other words. On Monday Webster's revealed that " surreal " was their pick for the word of the year . Read More

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Angered by European Tax Demands

The Wall Street Journal reports that with the latest filing Apple complained about the fairness of the two-year investigation that found Apple received preferential treatment in terms of taxes and owes Ireland about €13 billion - or $14.5 billion - for 10 years' worth of back tax. Read More

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Alec Baldwin's Trump a Witless 'Manchurian Candidate' on 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin's Trump a Witless 'Manchurian Candidate' on 'Saturday Night Live'

Kanye West also got a mention, having already offered his own political bias towards Trump on a silver platter - or should we say blonde platter? While Trump and Putin where discussing whether it's a good idea for the two of them to be seen together, SNL's Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway announces that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for Secretary of State, is there to see him. Read More

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Oil prices edge up as Kuwait cuts supplies by more than expected

Oil prices edge up as Kuwait cuts supplies by more than expected

The slightly higher prices came after Kuwait, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), notified customers that it would cut supplies from January as part of an effort by OPEC and other producers led by Russian Federation to cut production by nearly 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in order to reduce a fuel supply overhang that has dogged markets for over two years. Read More

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National Weather Service issues hard-freeze warning for Fairfield-Suisun City

National Weather Service issues hard-freeze warning for Fairfield-Suisun City

Rain continued to fall on Sunday morning across parts of north and central Alabama - and so were temperatures. Saturday should be 75 degrees and mostly cloudy before dipping to 64 degrees at night while patchy fog rolls in. Temperatures are expected to drop to near freezing as the sun sets and road temperatures will drop, too. Thursday will see a 60 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet before 10 a.m. Read More

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Obama urges Trump to take foreign election impact seriously

Obama urges Trump to take foreign election impact seriously

Trump and his team for rejecting the administration's argument that Russian Federation hacked into Democratic campaign emails and tried to help defeat Hillary Clinton. In his final news conference of the year, Obama also chided the media for what he called its "obsession" with the flood of hacked Democratic emails that were made public during the campaign. Read More

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Zika Virus Continues To Replicate In Newborns' Brains, Study Finds

Zika Virus Continues To Replicate In Newborns' Brains, Study Finds

Active Zika outbreaks have been reported in more than 60 countries or territories, a lot of them in the Americas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four of these babies had microcephaly, a head and brain substantially smaller than normal which is associated with various disabilities and which was the first major effect noticed among babies affected by Zika. Read More

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Kanye West visits Trump Tower

Kanye West visits Trump Tower

West tweeted about his meeting with the president-elect Tuesday afternoon, saying he and Trump discussed "multicultural issues" and appearing to delay his proposed presidential bid by four years. West later elaborated about the meeting over Twitter . He also met with former Vice President Al Gore, a strong advocate for action on climate change. Read More

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India and Indonesia commit to study each other's culture

It further said that a Vision Document 2025 meant to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields was also released on the occasion and a decision in favor of summit level meeting was also taken. They held extensive talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. Apart from that, agreements on cooperation in the area of youth and sports and standardisation were explored. Read More

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Alaska's $2.6B purchase of Virgin America completed

Alaska Air Group said it would give away 1,200 round-trip tickets in honor of the combined airlines' almost 1,200 daily flights. By comparison, the four largest US airlines - American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines - controlled a combined 83 percent of domestic seats in the past year, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Diio, an airline-schedule tracking service. Read More

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Canada task force makes recommendations for legal weed

Current laws and penalties should be upheld. The task force recommended the national minimum age of purchase be 18, except in those provinces where the legal drinking age is 19. The report urges a strict limit on how much an individual may possess for personal consumption in public at any given time, suggesting a limit of 30 grams, and a corresponding sales limit for dried cannabis . Read More

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Turkish warplanes hit over 130 Daesh targets in Syria

The military moves are part of Turkey's nearly four-month-old "Euphrates Shield" operation to support the rebels, which aims to push the jihadists and Kurdish militia fighters away from the Syrian border area. Both Ankara and Tehran have different goals in Syria - Iran firmly backs Assad's government, which is mostly formed of Alawite Shia Muslims, while Turkey is supporting Syria's Sunni rebels. Read More

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Italy Jails Captain for Shipwreck Disaster That Killed 700 Migrants

Italy Jails Captain for Shipwreck Disaster That Killed 700 Migrants

Now, a judge in Sicily found Tunisian Mohammed Ali Malek guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 18 years in prison, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast unit, adding that Malek was accused of captaining the doomed ship. The 28-year-old Tunisian man had denied being the captain, saying he had paid for passage like everyone else, but the court in the city of Catania dismissed his defence. Read More

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USA military Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, no fatalities

All five crew members on board are said to have been rescued. The five crew members aboard ejected from the aircraft and were rescued by the US military, the Defense Ministry said. The cause of the incident was under investigation. Japan decided in 2012 to allow the operations of the controversial United States military Osprey aircraft, whose security was under cloud due to several accidents. Read More

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Ballon d'Or rejects XI: Higuain, De Bruyne among star-studded list

Ballon d'Or rejects XI: Higuain, De Bruyne among star-studded list

The award, which was presented in Paris on Monday night, is Ronaldo's fourth. He has now won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, with Messi the only other recipient of the award since winning it for the first time in 2009. The 31-year-old Ronaldo was picked from a list of 30 players by a group of worldwide journalists selected by France Football , which for the previous six years awarded the coveted prize in partnership with FIFA. Read More

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Antonio Guterres sworn in as new United Nations chief

Antonio Guterres sworn in as new United Nations chief

António Guterres , UN Secretary-General-designate, on Monday took oath of office as the ninth secretary-general. Guterres officially takes office January 1. The former prime minister of Portugal pledged to "exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience" his duties as United Nations chief when he takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. Read More

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Cyclone Vardah gains momentum, may bring rains on Monday

It lay centred at on Friday evening over southeast Bay of Bengal near Latitude 12.1ºN and Longitude 90.4ºE, about 990 km southeast of Visakhapatnam , 1090 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam and 250 km west-northwest of Port Blair. However, by the time it makes a landfall, the system is expected to weaken. According to Skymetweather , wind speed of up to 130 kmph is expected, along with heavy rainfall, once the cyclone makes landfall. Read More

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Alabama scheduled to execute man for clerk's 1994 killing

Smith heaved and coughed for 13 minutes during the 30-minute-long execution. Smith clenched his fists and raised his head early in the procedure. A prison guard performed two consciousness checks before administering the lethal drugs. "We do know we followed our protocol", Dunn said, according to the AP. He likened the killing to an execution, saying the store clerk was beaten into submission and shot in the head in a crime that left an infant fatherless. Read More

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