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UT Chancellor to resign in 2018 UT Chancellor to resign in 2018
- December 16, 2017

But McRaven cited health reasons for his pending departure. "It made me rethink my future". Privately, though, several said McRaven had come to his own decision and was not forced out. The UT System submitted a management contract on Monday, and winners will be announced in the spring. He canceled the plan in March in the face of intense opposition, including from state lawmakers and even some of the regents. (more...)
FCC Votes To Repeal Net Neutrality, Throwing The Internet's Future Into Question FCC Votes To Repeal Net Neutrality, Throwing The Internet's Future Into Question
- December 16, 2017

The only two women on the commission, Democratic appointees Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn, were the only people who voted against net neutrality repeal . Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. Although it's impossible to predict precisely how the new rules will affect Internet access for the average user, critics suspect that they'll result in higher prices for certain online services and less competition in online industries in general. (more...)
California's First Recreational Marijuana Retail License Issued to San Diego Business California's First Recreational Marijuana Retail License Issued to San Diego Business
- December 16, 2017

On Thursday, the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control approved its first wave of businesses applying for licenses. "Last week, we officially launched our online licensing system, and today we're pleased to issue the first group of temporary licenses to cannabis businesses that fall under the Bureau's jurisdiction", Ajax said in a statement. (more...)
Don Jr testifies in secret to the Senate Intel Committee Don Jr testifies in secret to the Senate Intel Committee
- December 16, 2017

President Trump's oldest son appeared Wednesday before a closed door session of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's Russian election-meddling probe. "He didn't comment. Hair still slick", wrote Steve Dennis, a reporter for Bloomberg, on Twitter. Trump Jr.'s evolving explanations for meeting with Veselnitskaya have fueled further scrutiny of panels investigating the matter. (more...)
First Baptist Church hosts annual Christmas Dinner First Baptist Church hosts annual Christmas Dinner
- December 16, 2017

A Roulette group is providing an opportunity for people to experience the roots of Christmas with a live nativity scene planned for 6-8 pm Friday and Saturday, Dec. The menu will be turkey, ham, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread, chocolate cake, coffee and tea. The church also invites the public to its regular services: Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., Sunday worship at 11 a.m. (more...)
Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/15/17 Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/15/17
- December 16, 2017

Pacers center Myles Turner has yet to record a double-double in nine matchups with the Pistons. The Pacers lost their second consecutive home game after a four-game winning streak. "We've got to be better". The margin reached 95-79 with 9:02 remaining before things got interesting, thanks in part to a 9-0 Pacers run. The Pacers were led by Victor Oladipo who had 26. (more...)
US Jewish Leaders Say Abbas Speech Sounds 'Death Knell' For Peace Process
- December 16, 2017

Abbas said there can be "no peace or stability" in the Middle East until Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of a Palestinian state. "His speech today at the OIC summit in Istanbul is also the latest attack on foundational beliefs of the Jewish faith and historical truth". (more...)
Napa County under red flag alert this weekend Napa County under red flag alert this weekend
- December 16, 2017

The National Weather Service's warning runs from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Sunday for gusty winds around 55 miles per hour - with isolated gusts up to 70 miles per hour - and low humidity. The weather station at Napa State Hospital received 4.82 inches during November, even though December has been virtually dry. Another red flag warning will be in effect from 1 a.m.to 8 p.m. (more...)
Technical Secrets: Long Island Iced Tea Corp (NYSE: LTEA)
- December 16, 2017

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. A total of 3,512,866 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 84.96K shares, while its relative volume stands at 76.97. (more...)
Recent Round of Syria Talks in Geneva
- December 16, 2017

The U.N. envoy for Syria said the latest round of Geneva talks ended without progress on Thursday after two fruitless weeks, calling it a "golden opportunity missed" and acknowledging that he needs to come up with new ideas to make headway toward ending Syria's almost seven-year war. (more...)
SC dismisses Teesta's plea against defreezing of bank accounts SC dismisses Teesta's plea against defreezing of bank accounts
- December 16, 2017

Besides their personal accounts, the Gujarat crime branch has frozen the bank accounts of the two NGOs - Citizens for Justice & Peace and Sabrang - run by Teesta and her husband Javed Iftekar Ahmed Anand. Further, the seized accounts have nothing to do with the subject matter of the FIR, they said and prayed for de-freezing the accounts. It held that it would be open to the appellants to apply for the de-freezing of the bank accounts in the concerned court, once the police report is ... (more...)
Mobile internet services remain suspended, prohibitory orders in place in Udaipur Mobile internet services remain suspended, prohibitory orders in place in Udaipur
- December 16, 2017

According to reports, prohibitory orders are now in place in both districts and mobile connection has now been snapped to prevent rumours. Around Rs 3 lakh was deposited before the account was frozen... Speaking to India Today , Srivastava mentioned, "Updesh Rana was planning to come to Udaipur". The police detained Rana on Thursday morning in Jaipur after he arrived from Uttar Pradesh. (more...)
Church apology over Bishop George Bell abuse inquiry Church apology over Bishop George Bell abuse inquiry
- December 16, 2017

But so had Carol, he said. The independent report, by Lord Carlile of Berriew, will be published today and is expected to detail failings in how the Church acted following a single claim made decades after the bishop's death. However, on Friday the Church of England rejected Lord Carlile's recommendation that the reputation of the accused should be protected, arguing that the Church is "committed to transparency". (more...)
World Telugu convention begins in Hyderabad World Telugu convention begins in Hyderabad
- December 16, 2017

The World Telugu Conference (WTC) began on a colourful note here on Friday as Telugus from across the world gathered to discuss preservation and promotion of the language. He rubbished the perception that English medium education was more important than Telugu for a better career and pointed out that he secured the second most important post in the country despite studying in Telugu. (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, police officer involved in man's fatal shooting Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, police officer involved in man's fatal shooting
- December 16, 2017

Officers opened fire and shot the suspect. The man was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead, according to authorities. They also believe the robbery suspect was armed. (more...)
Cassie Sainsbury To Marry Fiance In Prison Ceremony Cassie Sainsbury To Marry Fiance In Prison Ceremony
- December 16, 2017

Ms Sainsbury, from Adelaide, is now serving a six-year sentence for attempting to smuggle 5.9kg of cocaine. She has been given permission to hold a wedding ceremony while she serves her time in prison. "It's going to be a special event and will attract attention across the country ... that's great exposure", Markson said. Sainsbury could be freed from prison in as little as two-and-a-half years after negotiating a plea deal with the court. (more...)
Loneliness is now a social epidemic says Jo Cox Commision Loneliness is now a social epidemic says Jo Cox Commision
- December 16, 2017

But in the long term, could a UK Minister of Loneliness be the solution? The government says new initiatives will be announced next year. "I know everybody on my street now". Labour MP Cox - murdered during the European Union referendum campaign in 2016 - was "passionate about the issue", says The Guardian , describing loneliness as a "shocking crisis". (more...)
Dairy farm workers arrested in wake of undercover video Dairy farm workers arrested in wake of undercover video
- December 16, 2017

Fernando Lopez Cruz, 44, and Naul Garcia, 31, both face misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals. Stephen said he met with Animal Recovery Mission investigators on December 5 after they agreed to give the department time to investigate before releasing the McArthur video. (more...)
Sweetheart Measure for Churches Stripped From GOP Tax Bill Sweetheart Measure for Churches Stripped From GOP Tax Bill
- December 16, 2017

It's kind of fitting, if you think about it. Repeal of the Johnson Amendment (which was in the House but not the Senate version of the tax bill, and thus hadn't been reviewed by the Senate parliamentarian until now) is ideological fool's gold because the IRS never bothers to enforce it. (more...)
Larry Nassar victims say they're disappointed with Michigan State's response Larry Nassar victims say they're disappointed with Michigan State's response
- December 16, 2017

Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State employee and serial sexual abuser. The meeting follows months of controversy at MSU, which was elevated recently following calls for Simon to resign, accusations of a "cover-up" by MSU and survivors growing more and more frustrated with MSU's silence. (more...)
Erdogan, Putin warn about more Jerusalem tension Erdogan, Putin warn about more Jerusalem tension
- December 16, 2017

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to his supporters in the city of Konya via teleconference when he said Turkey would "work for the annulment of this unjust decision firstly at the UN Security Council, and if a veto comes from there, the General Assembly". (more...)
Illegal immigration on border back at Obama levels Illegal immigration on border back at Obama levels
- December 16, 2017

Almost 40,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed attempting to sneak in at the border in November, which was up about 12 percent compared to October, and more than twice the monthly numbers from March and April, when Mr. Since then, border arrests have climbed every month. Immigrations arrests spiked in the first few months of Trump's term, as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested 21,362 immigrating from January to mid-March, a 32.6 percent increase from the same time ... (more...)
Video Shows Coyote Attacking Family's Dog In Illinois Video Shows Coyote Attacking Family's Dog In Illinois
- December 16, 2017

It was Wednesday morning, and Boozer had to go, but as he looked for the ideal spot in his Northfield, Illinois, backyard, a coyote from the distance approaches him and attacked. Wildlife experts say the coyote was probably marking its territory since it's breeding season. Officials say coyotes don't normally pose a threat to humans, but the video serves as a reminder to keep an eye on your pets. (more...)
Australian Bishops Dismiss Demands to Change Church Rules Over Child Sex Abuse Australian Bishops Dismiss Demands to Change Church Rules Over Child Sex Abuse
- December 16, 2017

The longest-running royal commission , its highest form of inquiry, has been investigating since 2012 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to sexual abuse of children in Australia over 90 years. Survivors and advocates gather outside the commission's final sitting . Given that bishops in the past have failed to report abuse to the police, this would bring bishops themselves into the firing line if they do not observe reporting guidelines introduced after the numerous ... (more...)
Austin police officer shoots, injures stabbing suspect Austin police officer shoots, injures stabbing suspect
- December 16, 2017

According to the affidavit for the man at the center of the video, officers were patrolling the area of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) Dec. Austin police said they are investigating a second surveillance video taken from the side of the store that shows what was out of view from the other recording. (more...)
Swimmer rescued after being bitten by sea lion Swimmer rescued after being bitten by sea lion
- December 16, 2017

Friday. The man, identified by KGO as Christian Einfeldt, told the channel that he thought the sea lion trailed him from the beach to the Aquatic Park area. "I've been around the bay for my whole life and I've not heard of many incidences like this", Reiter said about the San Francisco attack. "If the boat hadn't been there, who knows what would have happened". (more...)
Austrian coalition deal to make Sebastian Kurz the youngest leader in Europe Austrian coalition deal to make Sebastian Kurz the youngest leader in Europe
- December 16, 2017

Kurz noted that the two parties had been engaged in "intensive negotiations", and a coalition deal has been finalized exactly two months after the October 15 election date. (more...)
Behold The Most Blistering Major Newspaper Editorial Of Donald Trump's Disastrous Presidency Behold The Most Blistering Major Newspaper Editorial Of Donald Trump's Disastrous Presidency
- December 16, 2017

Bush", the editors write in a piece published late Tuesday . Gillibrand responded to questions about the President's tweet from earlier this week accusing her of begging him for campaign contributions before he became president saying she would do anything for them. (more...)
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda promises to surprise fans with new music Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda promises to surprise fans with new music
- December 16, 2017

We think so, as he's given Hamilton fans quite the holiday treat. So today, we begin THE HAMILDROPS . He tweeted: "Nothing's gonna match those songs in that order, beautifully sequenced by @jperiodBK, at that moment in December 2016". 'We're gonna drop some new Hamilton content, every month, December NOW through December 2018, ' the show's creative brains revealed. The track got the attention of the Franklin Institute, which broke down the claims in the song into ones that are ... (more...)
United Nations calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas United Nations calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas
- December 16, 2017

He told a press conference on Thursday after announcing the end of the new round of the UN-led Geneva peace talks on Syria that the last two weeks of talks had not yielded the intended results despite great efforts, which he described as a "missed golden opportunity", Xinhua news agency reported. (more...)

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