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WATCH LIVE TODAY: 'Passengers' Movie Science Panel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Today, two scientists will discuss the real-world science to be found in the new science fiction flick "Passengers," and you can watch the discussion on Facebook. The ship's 5,000 passengers are placed in hypersleep for the duration of the journey. Two of the passengers, however, find themselves in a nightmarish situation when they wake up 90 years too early.
Turkey court drops case against Israelis over ship storming
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
An Istanbul court on Friday dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship bound for Gaza that caused an over half-decade crisis in ties. Ten Turkish citizens lost their lives as a result of the raid that saw Israeli commandos storm the Mavi Marmara ship. The deal had been keenly supported by Turkey's NATO ally the United States which has always supported the key alliance between Israel and overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey.
Trump's cabinet so far: wealthy, white and war
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Four billionaires, three generals, a handful of women and nothing but conservatives: President-elect Donald Trump is building a super-rich, unorthodox and largely white inner circle to run the United States from January 20. Trump has yet to announce his picks for some key posts -- most notably secretary of state -- but several of his choices strongly suggest he is prepared to upset the political order that has dominated Washington for the last eight years. Many incoming cabinet members have railed against the worker protections and environmental and corporate regulations that President Barack Obama has enacted.
More than 400 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
More than 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta Friday, authorities said, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum. A group of around 800 people attempted to scale two entry points in the six-metre-high (20-feet) barrier that surrounds the enclave, a spokesman for the central government's representative in Ceuta told AFP. Footage posted online by the El Faro de Ceuta newspaper showed dozens of migrants, including men without shoes and shirts, letting off joyous cries of "Spain!" as they crossed into Ceuta.
Dutch police arrest terror suspect with gun, fireworks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rotterdam police have arrested a Dutchman found with a loaded AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle and illegal fireworks who is "suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said Friday. It comes with European cities on their guard following deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels and amid warnings that a current all-out offensive against IS in Iraq could see dozens of hardened fighters return home. Rotterdam police found the gun, two loaded magazines and four boxes of illegal fireworks during the raid, prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.
UN rights council calls special S.Sudan session next week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The UN human rights council said Friday it will hold a special session on war-ravaged South Sudan next week, following a request from 40 nations led by the United States. The panel of three United Nations experts released their findings after a visit to several of South Sudan's hotspots and described the country as being on the brink of "catastrophe". In a statement, the rights council said the call for a special session had been backed by 16 of the body's 47 members, fulfilling the one-third support threshold needed for the session to go ahead.
Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo's last rebel-held districts Friday, as the United States said American and Russian officials would meet in a bid to save the city from "complete" destruction. With the fighting resuming after a brief respite, the UN General Assembly demanded an immediate ceasefire and urgent aid deliveries, in a resolution adopted by a strong majority. US officials will meet Saturday with their Russian counterparts in Geneva to try to stop Aleppo "being absolutely, completely destroyed", US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Egypt bombs kill six policemen, civilian
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Two separate bomb attacks in Egypt on Friday killed six policemen and a civilian, the latest in a string of attacks targeting security forces and officials, the interior ministry said. The deadliest attack struck in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the capital, shortly before the weekly midday Muslim prayers and when Cairo's streets are mostly empty. The bloodied bodies of several policemen could be seen at the blast site next to police vehicles that had been stationed there, an AFP photographer reported.
The world needs Canada 'very, very badly': Biden
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
US Vice President Joe Biden implored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help lead the world's liberal order after Barack Obama cedes the Oval Office to Donald Trump next month, during a trip that wrapped up Friday. "The world is going to spend a lot of time looking at you, Mr Prime Minister, as we see more and more challenges to the liberal international order than any time since the end of World War II," Biden said at a state dinner that kicked off the two-day visit late Thursday. "Vive le Canada, because we need you very, very badly," he added in a toast.
Trump phones Scottish leader who called him 'abhorrent'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday called Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of Scotland's semi-autonomous government who has previously called the billionaire tycoon's rhetoric "deeply abhorrent". Trump's mother was Scottish and the president-elect owns two luxury golf resorts in Scotland, including one near Aberdeen where construction work and broken promises on investment have angered local residents. Sturgeon offered her congratulations and "expressed her belief in the values Scotland and the United States share", a Scottish government spokeswoman said.
US hits cheap China washing machines with punitive duties
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Chinese manufacturers are dumping washing machines into the US market at artificially low prices, making them subject to punitive duties of up to 52 percent, the Commerce Department announced Friday. In a case brought by US appliance manufacturer Whirlpool a year ago, in a market that saw $1.1 billion imports in 2015, one Chinese firm was found to be dumping the large clothes washers at up to 52.5 percent below the fair price. The Commerce Department has ordered importers to begin paying the punitive duties immediately, but the final step will come January 23 when the International Trade Commission will rule on whether the dumping has harmed US companies, in which case the penalties on the Chinese products will be enforced permanently.
Obama orders 'full review' of 2016 election cyberattacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday as concerns over Russian interference mount. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Obama called for the review earlier this week, amid growing calls from Congress for more information on the extent of Russian interference in the campaign. "We are committed to ensuring the integrity of our elections and this report will dig into this pattern of malicious cyberactivity timed to our elections, take stock of our defensive capabilities and capture lessons learned to make sure that we brief members of Congress and stakeholders as appropriate," said Schultz.
Donald Trump rewarding million
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ultra-rich loyalists populating president-elect's administration and transition team, Center for Public Integrity analysis shows.
Still campaigning, Trump hopes to boost GOP in Louisiana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
NEW YORK (AP) — Tending to party politics, President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state's Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit.
Senate pushes to avert gov't shutdown over miners' benefits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats evoked President-elect Donald Trump in pleading for a more generous extension of health care benefits for retired miners.
AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among several military officials whom the FBI concluded received anonymous letters from the woman who had an affair with then-CIA Director David Petraeus. The affair led to Petraeus' downfall.
Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.
Hundreds of Men Missing From Battered East Aleppo, UN Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after fleeing the rebel-held part of Aleppo for government-held areas, the United Nations said on Friday, expressing concern that the men may have been detained and mistreated by the Syrian government. “Given the terrible record of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances by the Syrian government, we are of course deeply concerned about the fate of these individuals,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said during a press briefing in Geneva. Syrian government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad,have captured approximately 75 percent of east Aleppo and are continuing to bombard areas that remain under the control of opposition forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
What It's Like as an Asian
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It’s not every day that a self-proclaimed white nationalist calls you an “honorary white person.”He was joking, of course, after I said I enjoyed a recent trip near his home in Whitefish, Montana. It would have been light-hearted banter in any other context, but not this one.Because Richard Spencer had just told me with a smile on his face that I would not be allowed to live in the all-white ethno-state he envisions for the future.“You could have your own ethno-state,” he offered, as though ethnic cleansing might strike most Americans as anything other than reprehensible. ...
Bolton says Trump moves could signal 'different,' tougher, China line
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Donald Trump's possible picks for secretary of state said on Friday that the president-elect's criticisms of China and phone call with Taiwan's president could signal a "different" relationship with Beijing and a tougher line on issues from trade to the South China Sea. In a speech on Thursday in Iowa, Trump said the United States needed to improve its relationship with China, which he criticized for its economic policies and failure to rein in North Korea.
Trump's threats chill corporate investment plans in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump's threats to battle Mexico over trade, investment and jobs have pushed a growing number of companies operating in the country to put expansion plans on hold until the president-elect fleshes out his policies, business leaders have told Reuters since the Nov. 8 election. Pledging to recast a joint trade deal and protect U.S. industry from outsourcing to Mexico, Trump landed his first blow last week, announcing a deal with United Technologies Corp's Carrier unit to stop it shifting about 1,000 jobs south of the border. Trump's unorthodox move, involving state tax breaks, sent a chill through executives still uncertain which policies the president-elect would pursue upon assuming office on Jan. 20.
Obama orders review of 2016 election cyber attacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Friday. In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, and Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.
Turkeys cause power outages in Oregon town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A flock of wild turkeys, long considered menaces to one Oregon town, have sparked new ire after causing power outages in the eastern part of Medford.
Stones roll back the years with chart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
The Rolling Stones on Friday scored their first British number one album in over 20 years, a day after frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time, aged 73. "Blue & Lonesome", a tribute to the blues legends who inspired the iconic British band, sold 106,000 copies, making it the second-highest opening-week sales for an album in 2016, behind David Bowie's "Blackstar". "We are absolutely delighted with the success of 'Blue & Lonesome' in the UK and around the world," said the band, according to the Official Charts Company.
Iowa court clears way for 'Field of Dreams' baseball complex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday cleared the way for a baseball complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville, as the state's highest court upheld a lower court's decision that the City Council acted properly when it rezoned the property from agricultural to commercial.
Prince Andrew to press: End false stories about daughters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew wants the media to leave his daughters alone.
Detective: 'Cops' TV presence damaged murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former detective believes that having a "Cops" television crew present damaged the Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire investigation.
T.J. Miller arrested after driver accuses actor of battery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say actor T.J. Miller was arrested early Friday morning after a driver accused him of battery.
Judge OKs 'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice's settlement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement between "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) and her creditors.
Cue the music, cue the drama! Lee Daniels introduces 'Star'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — The title of Lee Daniels' latest venture, "Star," might very well identify this celebrated producer-director-writer. His films include "Monster's Ball," ''Precious" and "The Butler," while two seasons ago he roared into series TV with Fox's smash music drama "Empire."
Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney donate to wildfire fund
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, entertainment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area.
UK's Johnson says deeply worried about civilian suffering in Yemen war
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday he understood Saudi Arabia's concerns about upheaval in neighboring Yemen but he had "profound concern" about the suffering of Yemeni people after 20 months of war. Johnson was speaking at a conference in Bahrain a day after footage was published of him accusing Saudi Arabia, an important ally for Britain, of stoking proxy wars across the Middle East. "But I must share my profound concern about the present suffering of the people of Yemen," Johnson said in a speech at the Manama Dialogue on Middle East security.
British police: 83 potential suspects in soccer abuse probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
LONDON (AP) — Police overseeing the sex abuse scandal in British soccer say 83 potential suspects have been identified and linked to 98 clubs.
Report: Russian doping involved over 1,000 athletes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
LONDON (AP) — Russia's sports reputation was ripped apart again Friday when a new report into systematic doping detailed a vast "institutional conspiracy" that covered more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.
OSCE to replace drones shot down over east Ukraine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday launched a tender for long-range drones after losing eight such aircraft over eastern Ukraine since it began a monitoring mission there. "Many of our drones were electronically destroyed or shot down," OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told reporters during a two-day ministerial meeting in Hamburg. The OSCE, a 57-member human rights and security watchdog, ski has been using unmanned planes to help monitor the lines of conflict and augment the work of over 700 human observers in eastern Ukraine, often providing access to areas where monitors have been blocked.
EU to impose more sanctions on Syria over Aleppo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The European Union said on Friday it would introduce more sanctions on Syrian individuals and entities over the offensive on Aleppo, where Syrian government forces with the backing of Russia and Iran have been pushing out rebels. "The EU will act swiftly ... with the aim of imposing further restrictive measures against Syria targeting Syrian individuals and entities supporting the regime as long as the repression continues," the bloc's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said in a statement. The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad.
Wasteland revealed after battle for Aleppo's Old City
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
By Laila Bassam ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - At the side of the road sat a woman in her late 20s, veiled, dressed in black, and weeping as she cradled her baby. "My milk is dry from fear and panic." After the Syrian army fought rebels in Aleppo's Old City, hungry and terrified civilians have emerged from their cellars into a wasteland of ruins. The rubble and shrapnel on the streets around Bab al-Hadeed district on Friday revealed the ferocity of the battle this week that gave Syria's army control of the historic area, bringing it close to its biggest victory after nearly six years of war.
Lebanese government must be formed as soon as possible: Hezbollah
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Hezbollah called on Friday for a Lebanese government to be formed as quickly as possible, weeks after the country elected a president and named a prime minister. Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said last month his efforts to form the government faced "stumbling blocks", testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of political crisis. "Everyone is responsible for looking for ways out, for solutions, and to cooperate for us to reach the necessary conclusion on the government," Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, referring to Lebanon's political factions.
Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government.
Stocks set more records as health care companies join rally
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continue to set records. The largest gains are going to industries that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Banks, which have led that surge, are little changed.
Ghana president Mahama concedes election: aide to opposition leader
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's President John Mahama called opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to concede defeat in Wednesday's national election, a senior aide to Akufo-Addo told Reuters on Friday. The concession will quell uncertainty at the end of a day in which independent voting tallies showing an Akufo-Addo victory were broadly accepted. The electoral commission has said it will announce official results by Saturday. (Reporting by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; editing by John Stonestreet)
Colombia plane crash was 'murder': Bolivian minister
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Bolivia's defense minister said Friday a plane crash that killed 71 people traveling to Colombia aboard a Bolivian-registered charter plane was "murder," accusing the pilot of flying with insufficient fuel. What happened in Medellin was murder," Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira told journalists. Investigations are ongoing, but Colombia's civil aviation safety chief has said the plane disregarded international rules on fuel reserves.
Kerry says U.S., Russians to meet on Aleppo in Geneva on Saturday
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
U.S. and Russian officials will meet in Geneva on Saturday to discuss the situation in Aleppo, Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. "We are working hard with people that we even have disagreements with in order to see if we can find a way in the name of humanity and decency to be able to protect those lives and try to separate combatants and move the process forward," Kerry said at an event with the staff and families of the U.S. embassy in Paris, according to a State Department statement. "Tomorrow, I will have a team from America with President Obama's direction be in Geneva together with (the) Russians." The civilian population in Aleppo has been squeezed into an ever-decreasing area, as the Syrian army has pressed an offensive in an operation to retake all of the city's rebel-held east and bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad.
30 killed in double suicide attack on Nigeria market
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Two female suicide bombers struck at a busy market in Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 30 people, the military said, in the latest bloodshed to hit the country's restive northeast. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the blasts bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which regularly uses women and young girls to carry out suicide attacks in its seven-year insurgent campaign in the troubled region. "At least 30 people have been killed in the suicide blasts carried out by two female suicide bombers in the market," military spokesman Badare Akintoye told AFP.
Trump to name Goldman executive Cohn to key economic post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
By Steve Holland BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will likely ask a senior Goldman Sachs banker to coordinate economic policy across his administration, turning again to Wall Street for expertise in managing the world's largest economy, a transition official said on Friday. Trump's pick of Goldman President Gary Cohn, 56, to head the White House National Economic Council comes despite Trump's past criticism of the financial sector's power. Trump hammered Goldman and its Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein during the presidential campaign, releasing a television ad that called Blankfein part of a "global power structure" that had robbed America's working class.
Gretzky backs NHL concussion spotter program
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wayne Gretzky applauded the use of centralized concussion spotters as part of the NHL's effort to better protect players.
Obama orders review of election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.
3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The charred remains of three federal detectives have been found in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of Zihuatanejo.
The Latest: US says smooth transition in S. Korea critical
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):
It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.