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Kentucky state rep. Dan Johnson found dead after molestation allegation
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:37:05 -0500 - A Kentucky state representative was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after he was accused of sexually molesting a 17-year-old girl.

Damian Lillard leads late rally in Portland Trail Blazers' win over Miami Heat
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:02:53 -0500 - The Miami Heat bench players, particularly Udonis Haslem, playfully acted as if they had fainted while watching a strong first-half shooting effort.

Carson Wentz: Philadelphia Eagles QB undergoes knee surgery
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:51:34 -0500 - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament on Wednesday.

Confidante of South Korea's ex-president may face lifetime behind bars
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:50:31 -0500 - A South Korean court holds final trial over Choi Soon Sil's alleged extortion of funds from the country's biggest conglomerates.

Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones kiss and make up
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:47:13 -0500 - IRVING, Texas -- Roger Goodell has his exit date set, and there will be a new NFL leader in 2024.

Oklahoma City Thunder top Indiana Pacers in Paul George's return
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:44:58 -0500 - Steven Adams scored 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-95 victory.

John Wall returns as Washington Wizards defeat Memphis Grizzlies
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:38:29 -0500 - The return of John Wall did not immediately turn the Washington Wizards aesthetically, but they had enough to defeat the struggling Memphis Grizzlies.

Lou Williams pours in 31 as Los Angeles Clippers dump Orlando Magic
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:35:18 -0500 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Clippers have started winning the old fashioned way.

Jalen Brunson's career night guides No. 1 Villanova by Temple
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:30:57 -0500 - PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova coach Jay Wright said the formula for winning 22 consecutive Big 5 games is easy to explain.

Polygamous leader sentenced to 5 years for food stamp fraud
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:59:26 -0500 - Former polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Wednesday for running a multi-million dollar food stamp scam.

Utah man held in Venezuela on weapons charges to stand trial
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:33:40 -0500 - A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges that his family says are bogus will stand trial, a judge ruled this week.

Study: Teen behavior worse in areas with high air pollution
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:33:19 -0500 - Teens are more likely to behave badly if they live in areas with heavy air pollution, a study of children living in greater Los Angeles suggests.

Firefighters may face higher odds for skin cancer
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:29:16 -0500 - Exposure to firefighting chemicals may be one reason why Florida firefighters have a higher-than-normal rate of skin cancer, a new study suggests.

Lavar Edwards: Cleveland Browns sign DE, add OL Gray, WR Hazel
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:18:46 -0500 - The Cleveland Browns have signed defensive end Lavar Edwards.

Omarosa to leave White House post next month
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500 - White House communications officer Omarosa Manigault Newman will leave her position next month, the Trump administration announced Wednesday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer alerts police of false sexual harassment claim
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:47:58 -0500 - Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer filed a police report on Wednesday, alerting authorities of a false document accusing him of sexual harassment.

Angel Gomes: Manchester United signs 17-year-old forward to first contract
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:38:21 -0500 - Manchester United academy star Angel Gomes has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Most airlines avoid flying over North Korea
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:20:01 -0500 - North Korea's continuous missile launches have caused airlines around the world to reroute their flights, increasing costs and flight time.

Cleveland Browns know new GM John Dorsey watching closely
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:16:08 -0500 - BEREA, Ohio -- If the Cleveland Browns need any new inspiration to finish the season strong, they have it in the form of a new boss.

Melania Trump helps Toys for Tots drive at military base
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:15:22 -0500 - First lady Melania Trump visited a military base outside Washington, D.C., to craft cards with children and sort Toys for Tots gifts on Wednesday.

New England Patriots looking to bounce back vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:09:40 -0500 - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady made it very clear that Monday night's loss in Miami didn't sit well with him and his New England Patriots teammates.

Fantasy Football: Tyrod Taylor likely to start for Buffalo Bills
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:06:31 -0500 - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- In what has been an almost weekly question surrounding the Buffalo Bills since head coach Sean McDermott made the ill-fated decision to start Nathan Peterman for a game a month ago in Los Angeles, McDermott did not have a definitive answer on who would start Sunday's home finale against Miami.

Fantasy Football: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers set to play Sunday
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:03:06 -0500 - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing to play his first game in eight weeks this weekend against the Carolina Panthers, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions try to keep slim playoff hopes alive vs. Chicago Bears
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:01:30 -0500 - A bruised throwing hand didn't prevent Matthew Stafford from keeping the Detroit Lions' playoff hopes alive last weekend.

Last Update at: Wed Dec 13 22:41:04 PST 2017

World News (Reuters)

U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:22:59 -0500 - TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:51:20 -0500 - ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders on Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, face official secrets charges
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:55:17 -0500 - YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Britain's May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit talks
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:40:17 -0500 - LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, describing it as a fair deal that offers a good base for a discussion of future ties.

Australia's population growth outpaces world as migrants rush in
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:44:27 -0500 - SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's population is expanding at the fastest pace in the developed world as skilled migrants flock to the resource-rich nation, a fillip to economic growth overall but perhaps also a source of puzzling weakness in wages.

Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in police academy attack in Somali capital
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:45:27 -0500 - MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 13 police officers, officials said.

Britain's May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:06:20 -0500 - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's government was defeated on Wednesday, when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain's departure from the European Union.

Odebrecht paid firms linked to Peru's Kuczynski $4.8 million: document
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:44:46 -0500 - LIMA (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012, some of which was paid to a company Kuczynski controlled when he held senior government roles, according to a document the company sent to Congress.

Indonesia court rejects petition to bar consensual sex outside marriage
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:27:54 -0500 - JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's constitutional court on Thursday narrowly rejected a controversial petition to bar all consensual sex outside of marriage in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

>Last Update at: Wed Dec 13 22:41:04 PST 2017

World News (BBC)

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:12:26 GMT - Medecins Sans Frontieres' estimate far exceeds the official figure and includes more than 700 children.

Alabama election: Trump says Senate loss proves him right
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:47:58 GMT - Republican candidate Roy Moore suffered a shock defeat to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama.

Harvey Weinstein: Salma Hayek alleges he threatened to kill her
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:12:27 GMT - The Hollywood mogul said sexual allegations made by the Mexican actress are "not accurate"

White House contradicts Tillerson on North Korea, adding to confusion
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:08:17 GMT - The secretary of state appears to have been contradicted by the White House and his own department.

Ecuador VP Jorge Glas sentenced for corruption in Odebrecht case
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:55:38 GMT - Jorge Glas is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the Odebrecht scandal.

China meets Australian ambassador amid 'influence' debate
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:01:30 GMT - Jan Adams met officials in Beijing on Friday amid strained relations between the countries.

Kentucky politician takes his own life after sex assault allegation
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:30:38 GMT - Dan Johnson, from Kentucky, died from a single gunshot after stopping his car on a remote bridge.

China's central bank raises interest rates after Fed rise
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:24 GMT - Beijing is trying to stop money from moving out of the country in search of stronger returns.

Delhi zoo hosts party for Rita the chimp aged 57
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:03:42 GMT - A cake will be cut and there will be gifts for the "birthday girl", India's oldest living chimpanzee.

El Salvador rejects appeal in baby death case
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:42:43 GMT - Teodora Vásquez will continue her 2008 sentence for killing the child she says was stillborn.

Militiamen jailed in DR Congo's Kavumu for raping 40 children
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:07:34 GMT - Campaigners say the life sentences are a sign that impunity for sexual violence is ending.

Four jailed over Ed Sheeran forgery
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:18:17 GMT - An Australian is the fourth foreigner jailed for using fake passes to bring fans into a Singapore gig.

'Homeless' man found €300,000 in Paris airport
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:17:08 GMT - He walked off with the money after leaning on an unlocked door at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

On the election trail with Gujarat's women bikers
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:28:23 GMT - Why are girls dropping out of school in the Indian prime minister's home state? The BBC and four women bikers hit the election trail to find out.

Alabama upset: What Jones victory over Moore means for Trump
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:29:31 GMT - Few thought the Democrats could pull off such a historic victory, and it could have real consequences for the president, says Nick Bryant.

'They sold me three times'
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:15:44 GMT - Accounts of slavery, torture and killings emerge from Nigerian migrants flown back from Libya.

'Flat-chested' K-pop star responds to 'cruel' body comments
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:27:08 GMT - Online critics said she didn't look right for K-pop, but Amber Liu from girl group f(x) is fighting back.

The one-year-old who snowboards in US
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:09:41 GMT - With her parents watching, this baby tries out snowboarding in Idaho for the first time.

Beware when rescuing baby elephants
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:45 GMT - Rescuers in Sri Lanka had a tricky task handling a protective mother when a baby elephant got stuck in a drain.

DR Congo crisis: On Kasai's hunger road
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:26:15 GMT - Fergal Keane reveals the crisis in DR Congo's Kasai region, where millions face starvation.

Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:50:20 GMT - The now infamous line "please tell me that's not your penis" captured the minds of New Zealanders.

Swiss church bells can chime again at night, says court
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:49:11 GMT - A court rejects a couple's complaints and says the bells in Wädenswil can peal through the night.

Gambia denies hosting Russian imperial revival bid
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:41:30 GMT - Gambia denies reports that it will grant land for a Russian 'Romanov Empire' project.

Japan enforces new road rules for 'Mario Kart' drivers
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:30:14 GMT - New traffic laws to cope with fancy dress go-kart tours in Tokyo.

Turkey's whistled 'bird language' under threat from mobiles
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:38:41 GMT - Unesco says mobile phones could wipe out the whistled language used by villagers in northern Turkey.

Love in North Korea
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:13:55 GMT - In 1980, North Korea forced a US soldier and a kidnapped Japanese girl to marry. This is their story.

'The blood is speaking'
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:08:15 GMT - The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to a land littered with tears and mass graves.

Split Sanaa
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:31:57 GMT - Nawal al-Maghafi finds the clashes between former allies in the civil war have destroyed parts of Sanaa.

Nuclear flashback
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:36:07 GMT - A photograph seen fleetingly on North Korea TV could show one of the country's earliest atomic weapons.

Looking forward
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:03:28 GMT - Adam Fleming explains we learned from the EU parliament vote on the Brexit deal.

Russia packs a punch
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:30:52 GMT - The Syria campaign made Russia a key player in the Middle East, Steve Rosenberg writes.

Softening tone
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:17:27 GMT - The secretary of state appeared to soften his tone on North Korea at a Washington policy speech.

Last Update at: Wed Dec 13 22:41:04 PST 2017