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US House passes concealed-carry reciprocity bill in 231-198 vote


Although many states already have some reciprocity , the measure would force all states to honor permits from other places, including those with much looser restrictions. "It's darned disingenuous for them to be making a states' rights argument only for this subject". Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time". Read More »

Khamenei warns of 'heavy blow' against Israel if Jerusalem declared capital


As one of the three most sacred sites in Islam, it enjoys a highly significant status among the Muslims. "We call on Muslim peoples to enter into a big uprising against the plot of transferring the U.S. It goes without saying that the United States and the Zionist regime are responsible for the upcoming results. As part of a "day of rage" announced jointly by Hamas, Fatah and other groups, Palestinian activists on Wednesday burned pictures of Trump and the Israeli flag. Read More »

Jim Caldwell's Forecast | Snow potential grows for the weekend


Maybe. If it does that, we could see snow on Friday . Temperatures will fall to around freezing by Friday morning and that's when the forecast gets interesting. In addition, there is a wind chill factor. Overnight, under mostly clear skies, it is quiet and cold in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees by morning. Lows drop to the lower 20s overnight. Read More »

Mueller Spent More Than $3.2 Million Through September on Russia Probe


Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee who drafted the measure, conceded Tuesday that the dollar figure is relatively low, but said he remains concerned that Mueller's investigation is still a waste. On average, according to FiveThirtyEight, previous special counsel investigations that have filed criminal charges have taken more than a year to do so. Read More »

Biggest Starbucks Roastery shop landed in China


This is a big day, literally, for coffee lovers, as the world's largest Starbucks opens its doors. CNN calls it a "caffeine-fueled Disneyland" and dubbed it the " first fully immersive coffee wonderland in China ". In addition, the Roastery digital web-app platform also incorporates a digital menu and will intuitively, through AR technology, share details of the coffee bars, brewing methods, as well as other not-to-be-missed unique online and offline experiences. Read More »

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says


Now, new allegations are coming from a whistleblower who says he met Copson at a Washington, DC, event on Inauguration Day - and that Copson had some very interesting things to say about the project. 'Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners, ' wrote Cummings, Politico reported in a story on the letter . Read More »

Weather: Snow to the east, in snowbelt


The clouds will return during the evening and the temperature is expected to drop into the low 30s before Thursday morning. Heavy lake effect snow is expected and travel will be hard at times. In the extended period, we still see nothing spectacular until we get closer to the 18th and 19th. The system does not look as well organized at this time, but we still think it is too early to try and change our thoughts on what looks like another clipper event. Read More »

Centre extends mobile-Aadhar linking until 6 February


The Centre had on 25 October told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till 31 March 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it. Read More »

North Korean missile threat forced Singapore Airlines to reroute flights


Mr. Trump did not give any specifics on plans to combat the North Korean threat however, the US moved a squadron of the military's F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea to begin combat exercises following the ICBM launch. Cathay said there was no current plan to change air routes, saying its plane was "far from the event location". Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week, which reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometres (2,780 miles) before splashing into the ... Read More »

First Lady Melania Trump visits Whataburger while in Texas


Pence called traveling with Mrs. Trump an honor, adding, "[Trump] comes here to Texas with a caring heart and a true concern and compassion for all those impacted by the storm". The first lady traveled to Corpus Christi with her husband on August 29, just days after the Category 4 storm struck Aransas and Nueces counties. "Looks like First Lady Melania Trump is Texas savvy", Texas Gov. Read More »

Rupert Murdoch Says His Vineyard Buildings May Have Fire Damage


Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on saying, "The situation at Moraga Bel Air is very fluid at the moment". She said firefighters stepped in to douse the flames with the aid of helicopters and that other storage sheds, the winery itself and the estate's unoccupied house are not damaged. Read More »

Kroger recalls bottled water for babies that contains risky mold


Anyone with the recalled water is urged to throw away any unused portions or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The affected products have sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to October 10, 2018. Kroger has instructed its stores to remove the recalled products. "These individuals may become infected and this may lead to serious health consequences". Read More »

European Union 'tax haven' blacklist labelled a 'whitewash'

The EU has named 17 countries - including South Korea , Mongolia, Namibia, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - in its first ever tax haven blacklist and put a further 47 on notice, including British overseas territories and the crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man , in an attempt to crack down on the estimated £506bn lost to tax avoidance every year. Read More »

USA defense secretary meets Pakistan's prime minister


US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he intends to work hard to find common ground with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, which is necessary to restore the level of stability in South Asia to allow economic development. When asked about USA efforts to push Pakistan to clear safe havens, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo suggested Washington was prepared to move if its ally failed to act. Read More »

Australia officially legalizes same-sex marriage


The bill has cleared both houses after passing the Senate last week and now only requires approval from the Governor General, a formality that will likely happen on Friday. "Equality isn't in our legal birthright of every Australian and this equality is long overdue", said Mr Shorten. Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down. Read More »

Pentagon admits United States has 2000 troops in Syria

How many U.S. ground troops are in Syria? With the self-described Islamic State (IS) caliphate nearly 97% gone, according to the Defense Department, those forces will now assist local groups, such as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Raqqa Internal Security Force (RISF), as they seek to stabilize the country. Read More »

TVS Apache RR 310 Launched In India: Price, Specs, Features


The official teaser of TVS Apache RR 310 released a few days ago, it is having superior performance, great riding dynamics, combined with a powerful, and expressive design. The rear sprocket too is altered from 40 teeth on the BMW to 42 teeth on the TVS . " TVS Apache RR 310 is a testimony to our Racing DNA and R&D capabilities, positioned to fulfill the ever-growing aspirations of the new age customers globally". Read More »

Putin to Allow Athletes to Compete as Individuals in PyeongChang


The door was left open, however, for Russians to compete as an "Olympic Athlete of Russia" as long as they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background. "It is not lost on many clean athletes that Russian athletes who were part of this system may have had no choice but to comply". Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Speaker in Russia's parliament on Tuesday called the ban "unthinkably harsh", the news agency Interfax reported. Read More »

Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway


Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders . The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and wasn't expected to be reopened until at least Wednesday morning. Read More »

Detentions spike, border arrests fall in Trump's first year


Immigration and Customs Enforcement , told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. ICE, whose officers pick up people for deportation, made 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 per cent from 114,434 a year earlier. "You've really had a realignment in migration from Mexico", she said, noting that the numbers of Mexicans apprehended in 2017 fell by 34 percent from the previous year. Read More »

Riyadh says most corruption detainees have agreed to settle

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the unprecedented purge a month ago, arresting high-level princes, businessmen, officials and military officers. The hotel is "fully booked" until February 13, 2018. The attorney general has previously said he estimates; at least Dollars 100 billion has been lost in embezzlement or corruption over several decades. Read More »

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade


Saudi Arabia, concerned about Iran's support of the Houthis in a neighboring country, formed a coalition and intervened in support of Hadi. "He got what he deserved", Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Read More »

Dem Rep. Al Green says he'll force vote to impeach Trump


BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that Green sent a letter to colleagues outlining the impeachment charges against Trump. "It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice can not". Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. If he follows the proper procedures, Republicans will hold a vote on tabling - in effect killing - the proposal during the House's first series of votes on Wednesday, said a ... Read More »

Pope urges respect for Jerusalem 'status quo'

His appeal for Jerusalem comes shortly after news came out that U.S. President Donald Trump would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a widely controversial decision that has provoked a mixed reaction from the global community. Read More »

PM Modi attacks Congress in Gujarat over the Ayodhya issue


Speaking to the media, Surjewala said, "If he would have reacted to the statements made by his own party members like Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Shatrughan Sinha, rather than reacting to Congress, that would have been better". After BJP National President Amit Shah attacked Dr Kapil Sibal over the Ayoydhya case, PM Modi today said, "Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. Read More »

Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after losing by razor-thin margin


Although Bottoms did declare victory, the margin was narrow enough for Norwood, her opponent fighting to become Atlanta's first white mayor in more than 40 years, to ask for a recount. Votes rolled in late Tuesday evening, offering a nail-biting finish for the contentious race to lead one of the largest cities in the deep south - and one that echoed Atlanta's 2009 mayoral contest, when Norwood narrowly lost to Reed and requested a recount, which certified the slim loss. Read More »

Jihadist Plot to Kill British Prime Minister Thwarted


Parker reportedly told Cabinet ministers that British authorities have broken up nine potential terrorist attacks this year . Two people are arrested - 20 and 21 years old, who are already accused of preparing a terrorist act. The plan, revealed to the British Cabinet on Tuesday, allegedly involved planting a bomb outside the entrance to Downing Street gates before attackers would stab the United Kingdom leader in the ensuing chaos. Read More »

Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank over loans to Trump


Then not long after that, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow confirmed to Reuters that there was no Trump finances subpoena sent to Deutsche Bank . Michael Offit, a former head of Deutsche Bank's commercial real estate desk who initiated the bank's relationship with Trump in the 1990s, raises one possibility: Mueller could be interested in who provided the money Deutsche Bank used for the Trump loans. Read More »

Melbourne byelection looms as Labor's David Feeney falls into citizenship trap


Labor's Tony Burke has conceded that backbencher David Feeney might have to be referred to the High Court because he can not find paperwork to show that he renounced his British citizenship. He revealed Labor was even prepared to refer to court Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, whose parents arrived in Australia stateless after escaping the Nazis. Read More »