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Jackson, Watson divvy up wins at College Football Awards

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson poses with the Maxwell Award after being named the College Football Player of the Year Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — Lamar Jackson picked up another trophy for his marvelous season.

12/08/2016 - 10:34 PM


Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden arrive at a state dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.

12/08/2016 - 10:30 PM


US Supreme Court lets Alabama execution go ahead

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday said Alabama could execute an inmate convicted of killing a convenience store clerk, a decision handed down after a whirlwind of legal fillings and two court-ordered delays.

12/08/2016 - 10:28 PM


Raffl scores late, Flyers beat Oilers for 7th straight win

Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl (12) celebrates with Jakub Voracek (93) after Raffle scored the go-ahead goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 6-5. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Raffl scored with 1:29 remaining to cap Philadelphia's rally from two goals down in a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night for the Flyers' seventh straight win.

12/08/2016 - 10:24 PM


The Latest: Supreme Court says Alabama execution can proceed

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):

12/08/2016 - 10:22 PM


John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, dies at age 95

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Glenn talks with astronauts on the International Space Station via satellite before a discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn, who was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth and later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, has died at 95. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

12/08/2016 - 10:20 PM


US Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed with execution of man convicted of killing convenience store clerk
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — US Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed with execution of man convicted of killing convenience store clerk.
12/08/2016 - 10:19 PM


Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid yells from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs' Derrick Johnson left Thursday night's game against the Oakland Raiders late in the first half after falling to the turf untouched and immediately grabbing his left Achilles — an eerily familiar sight for the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

12/08/2016 - 10:16 PM


China and Australia's Rinehart win bid for cattle empire

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart and a Chinese consortium won final approval December 9, 2016, to buy one of the world's biggest cattle estatesAustralian mining magnate Gina Rinehart and a Chinese consortium won final approval Friday to buy one of the world's biggest cattle estates, ending a lengthy and fraught sale process. The green light came more than a year after Treasurer Scott Morrison blocked an all-Chinese offer by Shanghai Pengxin for S. Kidman and Co Ltd, Australia's biggest private land owner, as being against the national interest. There has also been growing concern in Australia about the purchase of local infrastructure and land by foreign interests.

12/08/2016 - 10:09 PM


Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

A firefighter watches from the roof at the scene of the fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, CaliforniaIn the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions. The Oakland Police Department received dozens of complaints about the warehouse, and went inside at least half a dozen times, according to police reports and accounts from former tenants and visitors. Neighbors and former tenants also say city fire officials were in the building at least twice.

12/08/2016 - 10:09 PM


Asian shares meander as ECB-inspired rally fades

Asian shares meander as ECB-inspired rally fadesAsian shares meandered Friday as an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program faded. South Korea's benchmark slipped ...

12/08/2016 - 10:05 PM


South Korea's President Park faces historic impeachment vote

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in SeoulBy Tony Munroe and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal that has prompted huge rallies calling for her removal, faces an impeachment vote on Friday that could see her become the country's first democratically elected leader removed from office. Parliament is expected to vote in favor of impeachment, with support from some members of Park's conservative Saenuri Party, but the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.

12/08/2016 - 10:03 PM


Lee scores 2 to lift Islanders to 3-2 win over Blues

New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal with teammates as St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) skates away in the first period of an NHL hockey game in New York, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)NEW YORK (AP) — Anders Lee's second goal of the game with just over seven minutes remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

12/08/2016 - 09:51 PM


U.S. derivatives regulator to move on from Dodd-Frank under Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks with the media after meeting with families of the victims of the November 28 attacks at Ohio State University in The Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio,By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives regulator will move on from reforms created in the wake of the 2007-09 financial crisis to a new focus on U.S. competitiveness and the potential for shocks to the global $710 trillion swaps markets under President-elect Donald Trump. J. Christopher Giancarlo, in line to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission once Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20, has said the agency should look beyond mandates from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law to current trends in financial markets. As the sole Republican on the CFTC, Giancarlo will at least temporarily run the commission where he is currently the minority member.

12/08/2016 - 09:50 PM


The Latest: Trump spent far less than Clinton in final weeks

The Latest: Trump spent far less than Clinton in final weeksThe Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 9:45 p.m. Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, new fundraising reports show. The Republican ...

12/08/2016 - 09:50 PM


Trump gets one presidential intelligence briefing a week: sources

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump waves after arriving at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OhioBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter, far fewer than most of his recent predecessors. It was not immediately clear why Trump has decided not to receive the intelligence briefings available to President Barack Obama more frequently, or whether that has made any difference in his presidential preparations. An official on the transition team said on Thursday that Trump has been receiving national security briefings, including "routine" PDBs and other special briefings, but declined to specify their content or frequency, saying these matters were classified.

12/08/2016 - 09:44 PM


Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for LaborPresident-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder heads CKE ...

12/08/2016 - 09:37 PM


10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for FridayYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP MEETS WITH FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF OHIO STATE ATTACK In a brief statement to reporters, ...

12/08/2016 - 09:34 PM


Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest campFor protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go ...

12/08/2016 - 09:23 PM


Strong negative Olympics sentiment among NHL owners

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) and Edmonton Oilers' Dillon Simpson (79) scuffle during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there's significant opposition among team owners to continuing participation in the Winter Olympics, and the league is running out of time on negotiations to take part in the 2018 Games.

12/08/2016 - 09:23 PM


Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Department

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in BedminsterBy Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc, which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has frequently argued in the media that higher minimum wages would hurt workers by forcing restaurants to close. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported by labor unions, to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour.

12/08/2016 - 09:23 PM


Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection recordsThe illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire ...

12/08/2016 - 09:20 PM


Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber duty

Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber dutyIn the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all ...

12/08/2016 - 09:19 PM


Judge Reinhold Arrested at Dallas Airport Checkpoint

FILE - In a Saturday, June 4, 2011 file photo, Judge Reinhold arrives at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, Calif. Actor Reinhold was arrested Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, on a disorderly conduct charge after a confrontation with security agents at Dallas Love Field. A Dallas Police Department statement says the 59-year-old actor was arrested Thursday afternoon after Transportation Security Administration employees reported that he refused to submit to a screening at a checkpoint. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)DALLAS (AP) — Actor Judge Reinhold has been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a confrontation with security agents at Dallas Love Field.

12/08/2016 - 09:19 PM


Canadian zoo probing penguin drowning deaths

A veterinary team performed autopsies on Humboldt penguins and established drowning as the cause of deathMontreal (AFP) - A Canadian zoo has launched an investigation into the mysterious drowning deaths of seven Humboldt penguins.

12/08/2016 - 09:16 PM


US Supreme Court issues a new temporary stay of execution in case of Alabama man convicted of murder
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — US Supreme Court issues a new temporary stay of execution in case of Alabama man convicted of murder .
12/08/2016 - 09:06 PM


Chaos, desperation at first U.N. aid distribution inside Mosul
By Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi police fired shots in the air and threatened to whip crowds with a hose as residents tried to overrun the first distribution of aid by UN agencies inside Mosul on Thursday, a scene of the desperation in areas retaken from Islamic State. Fifty-six year old Saad Salih came in an electric wheelchair but the battery was flat and there is no power in Mosul to re-charge it, so a neighbor pushed him along.
12/08/2016 - 09:05 PM


S. Korean president faces possible last day in power

Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party with signs stand during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Park aces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs. The signs read: "Impeach Park Geun-hye immediately." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

12/08/2016 - 09:02 PM


Official: Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay to settle allegations
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced Thursday.
12/08/2016 - 08:58 PM


Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

In this photo taken Dec. 6, 2016, Emily Moore, 25, packs up her room at the Bell Foundry artist collective in Baltimore after fire and housing officials evicted the artists living there. The warehouse was raided just days after a fire at an Oakland, California warehouse left 36 people dead. City officials in Oakland have vowed to protect artists but also say safety measures need to be improved and many artists fear a possible crackdown. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland.

12/08/2016 - 08:57 PM


Missing small Alaska plane rented by the pilot

File - In this July 5, 2013, file photo is a glacier in Lake Clark Pass near Port Alsworth, Alaska. Authorities were searching Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, for a small plane with four people on board missing in the narrow, mountainous valley believed to be part of the airplane's flight path. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small plane that's missing in Alaska with four people on board was rented by a pilot described as a man who makes good decisions, the individual who handled the transaction said Thursday.

12/08/2016 - 08:56 PM


American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

Retired astronaut and US Sen. John Glenn, seen in 2012 with his wife Annie Glenn, had been admitted more than a week ago to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State UniversityJohn Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95. Glenn became a symbol of strength and the nation's pioneering spirit, drawing admirers from all walks of life over a long career in the military, then NASA, and the US Senate. Ad astra," NASA tweeted, echoing the famous words radioed by fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter to Glenn before he circled the Earth in 1962.

12/08/2016 - 08:50 PM


NY Cosmos fate uncertain as crisis engulfs US lower leagues

The future of the New York Cosmos is uncertain after a crisis in the North American Soccer League prompted the owners of the team to terminate the contracts of its playersTurmoil in the lower tiers of football in the United States has left one league on the brink of implosion and arguably the most glamorous name in American soccer, the New York Cosmos, facing an uncertain future. Five years ago, the New York Cosmos announced their rebirth after decades of hibernation with Pele and Eric Cantona heading their delegation for a friendly against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The team, which became an iconic franchise during the 1970s heyday of the North American Soccer League -- when the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto played before enthusiastic crowds of 70,000 -- were back.

12/08/2016 - 08:49 PM


Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for producer Mark Burnett said Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, that President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on "The New Celebrity Apprentice." The series, which was taped last February, debuts Jan. 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Trump as host.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show.

12/08/2016 - 08:48 PM


Impeachment day for S. Korea's president

After a series of protests, South Korea's parliament votes on a motion to impeach President Park Geun-Hye, December 9, 2016South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, once known as the "Queen of Elections", faced an act of attempted political regicide Friday as lawmakers gathered to vote on a motion calling for her impeachment. Engulfed by a corruption scandal that has transfixed the nation and paralysed her administration, Park must now confront the prospect of going down as the first democratically-elected South Korean president to be kicked out of office. Whichever way the vote goes, it has been a startling fall from grace for a politician who had run for the presidential Blue House as an incorruptible candidate, declaring herself beholden to nobody and "married to the nation".

12/08/2016 - 08:45 PM


Kelly-Stricker lead Templeton Shootout

Jerry Kelly got off to a rousing start at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, firing an opening round 16-under 56 for a one-stroke lead in Naples, FloridaJerry Kelly and Steve Stricker got off to a rousing start at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, firing an opening round 16-under 56 for a one-stroke lead in Naples, Florida. The former winners of the event have a slight lead over fellow Americans Harris English and Matt Kuchar at the Tiburon Golf Club course. Kelly and Stricker combined to shoot one eagle, 14 birdies and three pars in the first round scramble format as they finished just one stroke shy of matching the event's 18 hole scoring record which has been set four times.

12/08/2016 - 08:34 PM


Well-known visual artist among Oakland fire victims

This undated photo provided by Devin Askounis shows Ben Runnels and Nicole Renae Siegrist, also known as "Denalda," in Oakland, Calif. Both died in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that started in Oakland on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo Courtesy Devin Askounis/Mixtape via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A well-known visual projection artist who toured the globe was among the 36 people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse.

12/08/2016 - 08:29 PM


Oil above $50 on hopes for non-OPEC output cuts

OPEC logo is seen at its headquarters in ViennaBoth Brent and U.S. benchmarks rallied after the former secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries made comments supportive of non-member production cuts. The benchmarks remain more than $1 below the highs reached Dec. 5 in the wake of the OPEC deal. Oil producers will meet in Vienna on Saturday to see if non-OPEC countries will cut production to reduce a global supply glut that has pressured prices for more than two years.

12/08/2016 - 08:29 PM


Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains
ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.
12/08/2016 - 08:25 PM


Actress Sofia Vergara sued on behalf of own embryos

Actress Sofia Vergara, seen in February 2016, says she is "doing the right thing" by not signing over two of her embryos to ex-fiance Nick LoebTV star Sofia Vergara is facing a bizarre lawsuit brought on behalf of two frozen embryos she created with an ex-boyfriend, the subject of a year-long legal battle. The embryos are listed as plaintiffs "Emma" and "Isabella" in papers filed with a Louisiana court, the New York Post reported. Louisiana is a pro-life state where embryos are given rights as people.

12/08/2016 - 08:24 PM



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