December 18th, 2018

World News

Vatican committee: Church credibility at risk over sex abuse

By The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

VATICAN CITY – Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention are warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the abuse scandal and are urging participants to meet with victims to hear their pain firsthand. In a letter sent Tuesday to the presidents of bishops’ conferences worldwide, organizers said the ... Read More »

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Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

By The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

LONDON – A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance. Abdulah Husseni failed to appear in court in Blackpool, northwest England, on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud. Husseni’s image ... Read More »

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Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed

By The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Police in Florida say a 23-year-old man went through a McDonald’s drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana. News outlets report Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a ... Read More »

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Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

By The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city’s far South Side have died after being struck by a train. Police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill confirmed the deaths Monday night but said she had no additional details to release. She did not identify the officers. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi posted on Twitter that ... Read More »

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‘Tonight Show’ to air episode in Puerto Rico with ‘Hamilton’

By The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” will air an episode next year from Puerto Rico including an exclusive performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role in “Hamilton.” NBC announced Monday evening that Miranda and the new touring cast will appear in the episode Jan. 15. The telecast will focus on Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts ... Read More »

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GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, 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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Girl’s death shows communication issues on US-Mexico border

By Julie Watson, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights ... Read More »

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Flynn’s ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying

By Matthew Barakat And Chad Day, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two business associates of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, were charged Monday with illegally lobbying for Turkey as part of a campaign to pressure the United States to expel a Turkish cleric. Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin are accused in an indictment of conspiring to “covertly and unlawfully” ... Read More »

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Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

By Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

NEW YORK – A federal court says New York’s ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state for decades, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. The plaintiff, James Maloney, started his legal quest after ... Read More »

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Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The standoff over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, 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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Girl’s death spurs questions about border language barriers

By Julie Watson, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2018

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights ... Read More »

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