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Another day of powerful winds expected to fan Thomas fire Another day of powerful winds expected to fan Thomas fire
- December 20, 2017

Fuel in the area remains critically dry, posing an especially acute danger when the winds pick up. Northerly winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour are expected, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. But coastal communities such as Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland remained at risk as crews hurried to extend and shore up buffer zones before higher winds return. (more...)
'Extra £450m funding' for police in England and Wales 'Extra £450m funding' for police in England and Wales
- December 20, 2017

In Essex, Mr Hirst had recently held a survey asking residents if they were prepared to pay more for policing - and 65% of 5,044 respondents said they would pay more if the cap was lifted. The settlement follows a period of engagement, with Minister for Policing and Fire Nick Hurd speaking to every force in the country about the demands they face. (more...)
Alabama children will impacted by pending loss of All Kids program Alabama children will impacted by pending loss of All Kids program
- December 20, 2017

At the same time the state plans to freeze enrollment, it also plans to end coverage for about 7,000 children up for ALL Kids renewal next month, according to KHN . If the insurance coverage from CHIP isn't available to families anymore, it will "absolutely impact" the kind of treatment they will be able to get at Nemours and overall in Delaware, Miller said. (more...)
'We got it done': Trump declares political victory as tax bill passes 'We got it done': Trump declares political victory as tax bill passes
- December 20, 2017

The House then sent the bill to the Senate for action, but a Senate staff official ruled that three minor provisions in the measure had to be removed. The Senate parliamentarian disqualified them on procedural grounds, throwing a wrench into what would have been a day of celebration for Republicans and for Trump. (more...)
Trudeau apologizes for conflict of interest with Aga Khan Trudeau apologizes for conflict of interest with Aga Khan
- December 20, 2017

Trudeau said he will report any family trips in the future. -And the prime minister failed to remove himself from two conversations that could have furthered the private interest of the Global Centre for Pluralism, the Aga Khan's charitable organization. (more...)
Despite Pence's trip delay: Violent clashes erupt near Kalandia checkpoint Despite Pence's trip delay: Violent clashes erupt near Kalandia checkpoint
- December 20, 2017

Senior White House officials said the uncertainty of the timing of the Senate vote could have pushed back Pence's schedule in Egypt and Israel, and the vice president felt it was important to be in the Senate in case he was needed to break a tie vote. (more...)
Gov. Scott calls on Sen. Jack Latvala to resign Gov. Scott calls on Sen. Jack Latvala to resign
- December 20, 2017

The Senate can accept the report's recommendations or derive their own conclusions following a formal hearing into the claims. The overwhelming majority of the special master's report agrees with the version of events of Latvala's accusers - and that means that momentum will quickly intensify against the senator. (more...)
Census Bureau: New York state population increases slightly Census Bureau: New York state population increases slightly
- December 20, 2017

IL has dropped from the fifth-most-populous state to sixth-most-populous state in the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday. Eight states lost population with IL seeing the largest number with a decline of 33,703. In 2010, the state's population was 25.1 million. Looking at the numbers in a different way, Texas leads in the numeric increase of residents, adding 399,734 people to its population over one year, with a total population of 28.3 million. (more...)
United States sanctions Chechen leader, four others under Magnitsky Act United States sanctions Chechen leader, four others under Magnitsky Act
- December 20, 2017

All told, the USA has targeted 49 Russians under that law. The highest profile individual hit by the sanctions announced Wednesday is Ramzan Kadyrov , head of the Chechen Republic. The other three Russians being targeted are accused of being involved in the criminal conspiracy in Russia that Magnitsky exposed. Magnitsky was a lawyer at the London-based Hermitage Capital Management hedge fund. (more...)
5-year-old Chicago boy shot for 2nd time in his life
- December 20, 2017

Authorities initially said the boy wasn't shot, but injured when a gun went off in his hand, according to the Chicago Tribune . He was walking with his mom near East 64th Street and South Martin Luther King Drive in the city's Parkway Gardens neighborhood when he was shot. (more...)
Trump's decision, veto on Jerusalem isolates Washington, harms Mideast peace Trump's decision, veto on Jerusalem isolates Washington, harms Mideast peace
- December 20, 2017

The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states, who condemned Mr Trump's decision to reverse decades of USA policy earlier this month. "We will take note of each and every vote on this issue", she wrote, according to journalists who were shown the letter. The UN general assembly meeting was requested by Turkey and Yemen on behalf of the Arab group of countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. (more...)
Eminem Says He's On Dating App 'Tinder' Eminem Says He's On Dating App 'Tinder'
- December 20, 2017

The rapper said, "From that point on, I knew it was going to be bad with him". He dropped some rather interesting details about his life off wax, revealing that he's rented out the movie theater to see Tupac's All Eyez On Me biopic twice and indulges in just about everyone's guilty TV pleasure with 50 Cent's Power series. (more...)
Sikhs in Pakistan 'being forced to convert to Islam' Sikhs in Pakistan 'being forced to convert to Islam'
- December 20, 2017

Sikhs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has faced increasing pressure from terrorist forces, as well as Government officials to convert to Islam or pay a religion tax called jaziah. According to Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority , there are around 6,000 Sikhs in the country. Later, Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said, "I thank external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj ji for taking up issue of Sikhs being coerced to convert in Pakistan". (more...)
Americans Hold Favorable View of US Economy, But Not Trump Americans Hold Favorable View of US Economy, But Not Trump
- December 20, 2017

That said, more people credited former President Barack Obama (45 percent) than Trump (43 percent) for that good news. The data also signaled that the majority of Americans disapprove of the GOP tax plan, widely perceiving it to disproportionately benefit the wealthy. (more...)
McScuse Me? McDonald's Launches New 'McVegan' Burger in Europe McScuse Me? McDonald's Launches New 'McVegan' Burger in Europe
- December 20, 2017

The McVegan burger was developed by specialty Norweigan food company, Orkla, to cater to increased demand for vegetable-based foods and environmentally-friendly products. Livestock farming is responsible for about 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN. The fast-food giant says the McVegan will become part of the permanent menu at locations across Finland and Sweden starting on December 28. (more...)
California's Still Growing Thomas Fire Spews Brown Smoke in NASA Image California's Still Growing Thomas Fire Spews Brown Smoke in NASA Image
- December 20, 2017

A drop in risky winds could provide firefighters with about a two-day window to gain ground on the deadly Thomas Fire , which broke out Monday, Dec. 4. More than 100,000 people have been forced from their homes. Details were not immediately available on where the other firefighter was injured. "The winds just changed in the wrong way yesterday and boom, the house was just gone", Behrman said. (more...)
Council tax could rise 6% in Andover Council tax could rise 6% in Andover
- December 20, 2017

The changes, announced today by Sajid Javid , mean that an average Band D property will see their council tax rise to £1,686 . Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association , told Sky News' All Out Politics that councils should be able to raise the tax by as much as they like to fund services. (more...)
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) : Are you searching Analysts Rated Stock
- December 20, 2017

However, if the BBBY shares go below $23.21 then it would indicate a much weaker market for the company. The stock increased 0.60% or $0.31 during the last trading session, reaching $52.11. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Bed Bath & Beyond from a "hold" rating to a " buy " rating and set a $31.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. (more...)
Trump Jr. Slams Rapper Eminem for Criticizing President Trump Jr. Slams Rapper Eminem for Criticizing President
- December 20, 2017

So much for freestyle. Trump Jr's tweet followed an interview in Vulture in which Eminem said "I want our country to be great too, I want it to be the best it can be, but it's not going to be that with [President Donald Trump] in charge". (more...)
Host of 'India's Most Wanted' TV show jailed for murder Host of 'India's Most Wanted' TV show jailed for murder
- December 20, 2017

Anju had multiple stab injuries. Initially, Ilyasi was booked for charges of subjecting his wife to cruelty, dowry death and destroying evidence. The Karkadooma High court order comes in response to a plea filed by Rukma Singh, Anju's mother, challenging the February 19, 2011 order of a trial court which had rejected her plea for trying Ilyasi under the penal provision of murder . (more...)
United States now raises concerns about Hafiz Saeed running in 2018 elections United States now raises concerns about Hafiz Saeed running in 2018 elections
- December 20, 2017

Pakistan released him from house arrest, and now there is word that he may be running for some sort of office. Meanwhile, The US State Department on Tuesday expressed concern over Hafiz Saeed running for office in Pakistan's general elections next year. (more...)
Turkey Seeks 4-Year Prison Sentence For Knicks' Kanter Turkey Seeks 4-Year Prison Sentence For Knicks' Kanter
- December 20, 2017

Kanter, who is in the United States, would be tried in absentia. He was temporarily detained in Romania in May after Turkey canceled his Turkish passport before USA officials helped him return. An arrest warrant was issued for Kanter back in May, while he was playing for Oklahoma City Thunder, as part of a separate investigation launched into him on charges of "membership of an armed terrorist organization", the Fethullah Gülenist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). (more...)
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) Sets 52-Week High; Strong Momentum for Holders
- December 20, 2017

It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500. Hood River Capital Management Llc bought 84,230 shares as the company's stock rose 1.88% with the market. Smith Salley & Associates who had been investing in Norfolk Southern Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $41.13B market cap company. (more...)
U.S. vetoes United Nations resolution condemning Trump's Jerusalem decision U.S. vetoes United Nations resolution condemning Trump's Jerusalem decision
- December 20, 2017

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries now maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. President Donald Trump's declaration earlier this month departed from decades of USA policy that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations. (more...)
Maharashtra allows shops, restaurants & theatres to open 24x7 Maharashtra allows shops, restaurants & theatres to open 24x7
- December 20, 2017

Currently, shops are allowed to be open till 10 pm, while commercial establishments have to shut by 9.30 pm and restaurants by 12.30 am. However, bars, pubs and liquor shops are excluded. The amendment and notification also gives an opportunity for women to opt for night shifts from 9.30 pm to 7 am with their prior consent. This notice allows shops including restaurants (that do not serve alcohol) to remain open 24×7 in the state. (more...)
Shiv Sena hints at EVM tampering in Gujarat polls Shiv Sena hints at EVM tampering in Gujarat polls
- December 20, 2017

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday continued its tirade against the BJP over the Gujarat election results and hinted at the tampering of electronic voting machines in the polls. "It is important that the Congress emerged as a strong Opposition party". The Rajya Sabha member claimed that the Narendra Modi-led government had not registered success on a single issue, be it on security, Kashmir, Pakistan, note ban, unemployment or farmer suicides. (more...)
Fierce California winds expected as crews fight to tame wildfire Fierce California winds expected as crews fight to tame wildfire
- December 20, 2017

A firefighter and a fleeing civilian have died in the Thomas fire that broke out on December 4. A respite from powerful winds has allowed firefighters to reach 50% containment of southern California's enormous wildfire, but officials warned that potentially risky gusts would return. (more...)
Saudi Arabia passes 2018 budget with historic expenditure of $260.8 bn Saudi Arabia passes 2018 budget with historic expenditure of $260.8 bn
- December 20, 2017

With that, 2018 will be the fifth year the kingdom records budget shortfalls since oil prices dropped in 2014. Revenue is expected to reach $209 billion, with income from oil making up the bulk of that at 63 percent. "The announcement about the largest government spending program in the history of the kingdom is a strong indication of the success of our efforts in improving public financial management, despite the decline in oil prices", said Salman, adding that almost 50% of this year's ... (more...)
Diddy declares interest in buying Carolina Panthers Diddy declares interest in buying Carolina Panthers
- December 20, 2017

It would not comment on the nature of the accusations. Becker, in her 20th year with the team , will take full control of the day-to-day management of the Panthers as chief operating officer. The NFL is now conducting its own investigation into the accusations. A portion of the team's Sunday statement said that the Panthers were "committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual ... (more...)
Kohl's Corporation (KSS) : Analysts Watch-List Stock
- December 20, 2017

Ffcm LLC now owns 3,033 shares of the company's stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 1,947 shares in the last quarter. Texas Roadhouse, Inc. 60 funds opened positions while 137 raised stakes. Salzhauer Michael owns 16,600 shares for 0.11% of their portfolio. Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec accumulated 0% or 38,000 shares. (more...)

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