December 18th, 2018

World News

Chinese internment camp factory sends sportswear to US

By Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza And Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

HOTAN, China – Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and ... Read More »

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Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

By Eric Tucker And Chad Day, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive co-operation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested ... Read More »

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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The House and Senate used to pass annual appropriation ... Read More »

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‘Zero-tolerance’ immigration policy hits snag in California

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

SAN DIEGO – One by one, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo called the names of 14 defendants who were charged with entering the country illegally. Defence attorneys told him the government had already deported them to Mexico, making it impossible for them to appear. In a rebuke to the government, the judge immediately dismissed all ... Read More »

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In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down

By Karin Laub, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

AMMAN, Jordan – As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade’s ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price – many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble. Yet the potential for unrest remains high, including in countries ... Read More »

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Ex-Trump adviser Stone admits to InfoWars lies, settles suit

By The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has settled a $100 million lawsuit accusing him of publishing lies on the far-right InfoWars website. The Wall Street Journal reports exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui sued Stone in March, saying Stone accused him of being a “turncoat criminal” who violated U.S. election law. Stone ... Read More »

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Good boy! Service dog gets honorary diploma

By Mary Esch, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – Whenever Brittany Hawley went to class, her loyal service dog Griffin was there. If she needed her cellphone, Griffin would fetch it. Even when she assisted patients as part of an internship, Griffin was there helping out as well. So it’s only fitting that when Hawley was honoured for receiving her master’s ... Read More »

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Women filmed helping children smoke pot sentenced to jail

By The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Two women seen on social media video helping three children smoke marijuana in North Carolina have now been sentenced to jail time. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that 18-year-old Candice Little was found guilty of misdemeanour child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile on Monday. With time served and a ... Read More »

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AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command

By Zeke Miller And Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. Vice-President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, ... Read More »

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Asylum seekers stake claims on patch of US soil at border

By Moises Castillo, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

TIJUANA, Mexico – Several asylum seekers, joined by two members of the U.S. Congress, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints. The 21 Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil ... Read More »

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US homeless count up slightly, but declines in key cities

By Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

A federal report released Monday provides a possible glimmer of hope for the homeless crisis that has gripped many cities up and down the West Coast. The number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and San Diego, two epicenters of the homelessness crisis, fell this year, suggesting those cities’ efforts to combat ... Read More »

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