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Doval, China's representative on boundary question meet Modi Doval, China's representative on boundary question meet Modi
- December 23, 2017

The confrontation that started in June when Indian troops moved in to stop China from constructing a road in the Doklam region in Bhutan was the worst in decades. While agreeing to maintain regular contact and advance the development of bilateral relations in all areas, Doval and Jiechi underlined the need for the two countries to build on their convergences, while seeking mutually acceptable resolutions of their differences. (more...)
Thomas fire mostly contained in charred California Thomas fire mostly contained in charred California
- December 23, 2017

On Thursday, authorities canceled the last evacuation notices still in effect for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Thomas Fire has terrorized Southern California since early December, engulfing 272,600 acres in the region as firefighters continue to beat back the blaze. (more...)
Police close Highway 7 near Carleton Place after serious collision Police close Highway 7 near Carleton Place after serious collision
- December 23, 2017

Officers caught up with the van after it existed onto Townline Road in Cambridge, but the driver allegedly kept going at a slow speed - moving unsteadily in its lane and almost hitting other vehicles. The 22-year-old man is facing charges of impaired driving, unsafe driving and flight from police. "Officers are now responding to a significant number of motor vehicle collisions during adverse weather conditions". (more...)
Catalonia election: Spanish stock tumbles as pro-independence parties declare victory Catalonia election: Spanish stock tumbles as pro-independence parties declare victory
- December 23, 2017

Spain's 10-year borrowing costs rose 5 basis points to a one-month high of 1.52 per cent in early trades, before settling back at 1.49 per cent. El Nacional newspaper reported that Guardiola is among those named in a report investigating activists Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two leading figures in an independent referendum on October 1, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government. (more...)
9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel rules against Trump travel ban 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel rules against Trump travel ban
- December 23, 2017

But the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said its ruling will be put on hold pending a decision on the executive order by the US Supreme Court. It also said that while the USA president has broad powers to regulate the entry of immigrants into the United States, those powers are not without limits. (more...)
Kla (KLAC) Shareholder Pictet Asset Management LTD Has Increased Its Stake
- December 23, 2017

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) has risen 19.63% since December 22, 2016 and is uptrending. 37,377 shares were sold by WALLACE RICHARD P, worth $3.40 million on Tuesday, August 15. The stock of RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) earned "Neutral" rating by Seaport Global on Wednesday, June 21. Checking out a company's profit margin, for instance, shows us how much of its net sales revenue it retains as earnings. (more...)
Naveen Patnaik sacks Agriculture Minister after his remark on Brahmin community Naveen Patnaik sacks Agriculture Minister after his remark on Brahmin community
- December 23, 2017

Speaking to media persons, Naveen said, "I strongly disapprove anyone who gives derogatory remarks against any caste, creed and religion" adding that I have dismissed Dr Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers. The members also demanded that Rout should apologise for his remarks and go to Mukti Mandap in Puri Temple for salvation failing which entire Brahmin Samaj will intensify protest against him. (more...)
Crystal Lake police launch holiday 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign
- December 23, 2017

They'll be working on New Year's. "Drivers will notice increased enforcement patrols watching for anyone who is driving impaired", said Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor's Highway Safety representative. (more...)
SHPD planning DUI/driver's license checkpoint SHPD planning DUI/driver's license checkpoint
- December 23, 2017

San Diego Police will be checking drivers for drug and alcohol impairment and license violations at a checkpoint somewhere in the city on Friday night. More than 100 people are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol each day in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. (more...)
Trump approval rating hits new low in CNN poll Trump approval rating hits new low in CNN poll
- December 23, 2017

The poll's revelations on Tuesday showed a significant drop from the 45 per cent approval rating that Trump had in March, shortly after taking office. Violence followed chants of "Jews will not replace us" before one white supremacist killed a counterprotester and injured more than a dozen after ramming a auto into the crowd. (more...)
Bodies hung from bridges in Cabo San Lucas Bodies hung from bridges in Cabo San Lucas
- December 23, 2017

Two bodies were found on a bridge in Las Veredas, near Los Cabos International Airport, and two on a different bridge on the highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, local prosecutors said in a statement. Authorities would not give out details on what happened to the victims, only saying drug gangs often hang the bodies of their victims where the public can see them to intimidate rival gangs. (more...)
Trump Signs GOP Tax Reform Bill Into Law Trump Signs GOP Tax Reform Bill Into Law
- December 23, 2017

He said Friday that overall 2017 was "pretty partisan", but added that he believes there are areas where "we can get bipartisan agreement". No, he probably shouldn't have said it. The tax plan is created to kick-start economic growth in part by offering new incentives for capital investment, which would allow businesses to lower their tax bills by writing off the cost of things like new machinery more quickly. (more...)
Bruce McCandless, former NASA astronaut, dies at 80 Bruce McCandless, former NASA astronaut, dies at 80
- December 23, 2017

The former naval aviator flew in space twice. Photos of McCandless, floating alone in the deep black of space above the brilliant limb of Earth became iconic emblems of the space shuttle program and among the most widely reproduced. In his lifetime, he logged more than 312 hours in space. His father was Rear Admiral Bruce McCandless, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service during the battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. (more...)
Gov't defends abstention from United Nations vote on Jerusalem Gov't defends abstention from United Nations vote on Jerusalem
- December 23, 2017

On Wednesday, a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was held in order to vote on a resolution on the status of Jerusalem, which would go against the USA for its recent decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (more...)
Thomas Fire Set to Become California's Largest Ever Thomas Fire Set to Become California's Largest Ever
- December 23, 2017

The event collected new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for fire victim families. The Thomas Fire began December 4, 2017 in Ventura County and burned more than 230,000 acres as it moved into Santa Barbara County. "The wind test is coming tonight and it will be the true test to see that we have done our job correctly". Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said they are constantly evaluating repopulation and the lifting of those orders based on the wind forecast. (more...)
A wintry mess this holiday weekend A wintry mess this holiday weekend
- December 23, 2017

In addition to the freezing drizzle during the day, accumulating snow, between a dusting to one inch, is expected Friday night. The storm will start as snow, but should transition to freezing rain overnight Friday into Saturday across southern and coastal areas. (more...)
Federal prosecutors reportedly sought bank records related to Jared Kushner's family business
- December 23, 2017

As The New York Times reported Friday , the exact subject of the subpoena remains vague, and there is no indication that it's related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling. At the time , a USA official told Reuters that at the heart of the inquiry was whether Deutsche Bank sold part of Trump's roughly $300 million in debt to the Russian bank VEB or any other Russian banks under sanctions. (more...)
Trump Officials Implore Congress To Renew Intelligence Law Trump Officials Implore Congress To Renew Intelligence Law
- December 23, 2017

Some US officials have recently said that the deadline may not ultimately matter and that the programme can lawfully continue through April owing to the way it is annually certified. Earlier in the day, House Republicans retreated from a plan to vote on a stand-alone measure to renew Section 702 until 2021 amid sizeable opposition from both parties that stemmed from concerns that the Bill would violate USA privacy rights. (more...)
GOP Senate leader can't be lieutenant governor, too, MN attorney general says
- December 23, 2017

He notes that Minnesota courts would have to make the ultimate determination. Senate President Michelle Fischbach, a Republican, is constitutionally required to become Lt. Sen. Michelle L. Fischbach, R- Paynesville. If the DFL maintains control of Schoen's seat, as expected, they could take control of the Senate should Fischbach be forced to resign her seat and if the DFL manages to win a subsequent special election. (more...)
Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, SAB de CV (BSMX), EQT Corporation (EQT)
- December 23, 2017

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, S.A.B.de C.V. (NYSE: BSMX ) shares were trading lower by -3.28 percent ($-0.25) at $7.37 a piece in Thursday's session. The consensus recommendation - averaging the work of 19 analysts - of 2.1 for EQT Corporation (EQT ) points to moderate case. For example, a stock may near its 52 week low in a price correction after earnings expectations for future quarters were revised. (more...)
Congress passes bill to fund government through January 19
- December 23, 2017

Among the items left behind was $81 billion worth of disaster aid, which passed the House on a bipartisan 251-169 tally but stalled in the Senate . The House vote focused on a continuing resolution on short-term spending and a disaster relief package for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and wildfires. (more...)
Israel arrests Palestinian teenager after video of her pushing soldiers goes viral Israel arrests Palestinian teenager after video of her pushing soldiers goes viral
- December 23, 2017

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed's father and an activist opposing the Israeli settlements in Al-Nabi Saleh, confirmed his daughter's arrest on Facebook. "I was not allowed to speak with her, but she looked to be in high spirits", he said . Every Friday, dozens of villagers are joined by worldwide solidarity activists as they attempt to march towards the spring that Israeli forces confiscated for a neighboring settlement. (more...)
Vijay Rupani to take charge as Gujarat chief minister for second time Vijay Rupani to take charge as Gujarat chief minister for second time
- December 23, 2017

Ahead of Rupani's election as chief minister, the BJP, which won 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, received a psychological boost when Independent MLA Ratansinh Rathod declared "unconditional support" to the party and ensured that the BJP reached the three-figure mark. (more...)
No interim stay on Karnataka HC order against tobacco picture warnings No interim stay on Karnataka HC order against tobacco picture warnings
- December 23, 2017

The Supreme Court on Friday restrained tobacco manufacturers from tinkering with the law that mandates pictorial health warnings covering 85 per cent of the area of the packet, and agreed to examine a Karnataka High Court judgment quashing the rule. (more...)
BJP storms to power in Himachal BJP storms to power in Himachal
- December 23, 2017

Still, the euphoria in the BJP camp was tempered by the lower-than-expected margin of victory in Gujarat - it took 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, down from 115 it won in 2012, and far lower than the 150-plus seats it had hoped for. That's a difference of 0.83 percentage points. It is clear that the margin between the BJP and Congress in the state has been progressively reducing. (more...)
Palestinian President spurns U.S. peace plans Palestinian President spurns U.S. peace plans
- December 23, 2017

He criticized U.S. President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, for hurling threats at General Assembly members prior to the vote, conditioning financial aid to lapdog adherence to orders meted by the boys in Washington. (more...)
Widow of Pulse Night Club shooter pretrial hearing
- December 23, 2017

An evidentiary hearing in the case of Noor Salman , widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen , continues into its second day on Friday, and Salman herself may take the stand. "It would shock you if the Global Positioning System said they never went near the Pulse nightclub?" Enriquez said he was surprised by the last sentence. (more...)
Penske Media Corp. acquires majority stake in the owner of Rolling Stone Penske Media Corp. acquires majority stake in the owner of Rolling Stone
- December 23, 2017

In a statement, Gus Wenner said that, "We have such a unique and special product in Rolling Stone , and we are excited to build on its strong foundation and invest in its future through this partnership". In September 2016, Wenner Media sold a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone to BandLab Technologies, a startup for making and sharing music based in Singapore. (more...)
Man charged in stabbing death of mother in suburban Detroit Man charged in stabbing death of mother in suburban Detroit
- December 23, 2017

Paul, 50. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole. Justin Paul fled the home after the attack and was located by police later the same day walking in Livonia near Joy and Donna roads. He's scheduled to return to court January 11 at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. Police said there was a struggle during the arrest, and the cop shot Justin Paul, wounding him in the upper thigh. (more...)
Trump administration considers plan to separate families caught entering United States illegally Trump administration considers plan to separate families caught entering United States illegally
- December 23, 2017

In line with the existing US policy, the families of undocumented migrants are not separated before deportation, and are either kept together in specialised facilities or released before their deportation hearings . After four days of being held in custody together, Mr. Fuentes was transferred to a detention facility more than 1,000 miles away, in San Diego, Calif., while their son was held in a facility for children in Laredo, Tex. (more...)

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