December 14th, 2019

World News

Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

By Nadir Ahmed, The Associated Press on December 14th, 2019

KHARTOUM, Sudan – A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in prison. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked ... Read More »

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North Korea conducts another test at long-range rocket site

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

North Korea says it successfully performed another “crucial test” as its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its “reliable strategic nuclear deterrent.” The announcement on Saturday comes as North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration over an end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un to salvage faltering nuclear negotiations. North Korea’s ... Read More »

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California governor rejects $13.5 billion PG&E settlement

By Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas and Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation’s largest utility into bankruptcy. The decision announced Friday in a five-page letter ... Read More »

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California governor rejects PG&E’s bankruptcy plan

By Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – California gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan that Pacific Gas and Electric reached just last week with thousands of wildfire victims, including a $13.5 billion settlement. Newsom says in a five-page letter to PG&E CEO William D. Johnson that the plan’s most important elements are providing safe and reliable ... Read More »

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First lady appears to condone Trump’s criticism of Thunberg

By Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON – Melania Trump on Friday appeared to condone her husband’s criticism of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, saying through a spokeswoman that her 13-year-old son, Barron, is in a different category than the teenage climate activist “who travels the globe giving speeches.” “He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in ... Read More »

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Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major tussle between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. The justices are poised to issue decisions in June, amid Trump’s bid for a second term. ... Read More »

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Democrats threaten to boycott next debate over labour dispute

By Will Weissert, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON – All the Democratic presidential candidates slated to participate in next week’s debate threatened Friday to skip the event if an ongoing labour dispute forces them to cross picket lines on the campus hosting it. A labour union called UNITE HERE Local 11 says it will form picket lines as Loyola Marymount University hosts ... Read More »

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Democrats threaten mass boycott of debate over labour dispute

By Will Weissert, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON – All the Democratic presidential candidates slated to participate in next week’s debate threatened Friday to skip the event if an ongoing labour dispute forces them to cross picket lines on the campus hosting it. A labour union called UNITE HERE Local 11 says it will form picket lines as Loyola Marymount University hosts ... Read More »

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Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: ‘Hoax’

By Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It’s the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation. The House is expected ... Read More »

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1 shot dead at plant near Atlanta; suspect caught in Alabama

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

CONYERS, Ga. – A contract worker was arrested at Alabama bus station Friday, hours after officials say he shot and killed a fellow worker in a suburban Atlanta factory. Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett described the shooting as “workplace violence,” but couldn’t say for sure whether Cameron Golden specifically set out to kill victim Taurus ... Read More »

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Wandering camel, cow, donkey to be featured in live Nativity

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2019

GODDARD, Kan. – A camel, cow and donkey that were found roaming together along a Kansas road have been booked to appear in a Christmas Nativity scene. The trio will be the celebrity guests Saturday during a holiday event at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, The Wichita Eagle reports. Sully the camel, Gus the donkey and ... Read More »

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