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Columbus, Ohio not celebrating Columbus Day

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The move will let it do more to observe Veterans Day , the city says. Columbus made its announcement Thursday in a two-paragraph news release focused on the impact on trash pickup and parking enforcement schedules. I would much rather see Veterans honored". The largest city in America named after Christopher Columbus canceled Columbus Day this year - claiming it's too broke to celebrate. Read More »

Confirmation all but certain for Kavanaugh

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Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice. Read More »

Donald Trump: Sex assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh 'a hoax'

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The ranking member of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler of NY, has said his party would investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh if the Democrats reclaim the majority in the chamber. The nation's reckoning with power and who to believe about sexual misconduct has generated a new anger factor among the electorate and made the November 6 balloting a referendum on more than President Donald Trump . Read More »

Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul

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Turkey's state-run news agency, quoting police, says 15 Saudi nationals arrived in Istanbul on two planes and were inside the consulate building when Khashoggi went missing. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar past year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha. Read More »

Brazil markets soar on strong first-round vote for Bolsonaro

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Saturday evening's polls had Jair Bolsonaro winning with between 40 and 41 percent of votes, with Fernando Haddad on 25 percent. Some recent polls have projected he could beat Bolsonaro in the second round , though the same surveys underestimated the gap between the candidates on Sunday . Read More »

Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh

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Ford's testimony and Kavanaugh's. So, for Democrats , such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, to say that they are going to investigate Kavanaugh for perjury and related issues if the Democrats take the House and/or Senate is not only premature, but a bad mistake, and one that will only redound to the Democrats' detriment. Read More »

President Trump Says He Doesn't Have Plans to Fire Rod Rosenstein

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's largest professional association for police leaders. "We'll be talking on the plane", Trump said . He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job. Read More »

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn

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The Paris Agreement sets a long-term goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Based on those promises, we are heading for 3C by 2100 and even warmer after that. Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report , said: "For some people this is a life-or-death situation, without a doubt". Read More »

Hope Hicks Joins Fox as Head of Communications

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The 29-year-old Hicks, who had served as the White House communications director from mid-August 2017 until her resignation last February, will serve as exec VP and chief communications office of the new Fox entity that will emerge when 21st Century Fox's merger with the Walt Disney Co .is finalized. Read More »

Brazilians prepare to vote after months of presidential election drama

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But perhaps more tellingly, Bolsonaro's share of valid votes shot up to 42.6 percent from 35.3 percent, putting him tantalizingly close to Brazil's first initial-round electoral victory since 1998. Yet he has also repelled many by misogynist and homophobic commentary. In recent weeks, as Bolsonaro's poll numbers have risen, his rivals have found it hard to draw attention from the convalescing former army captain. Read More »

McConnell says he's open to Supreme Court nomination in 2020

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The others - Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen - are former clerks for other Republican-nominated judges. While some of Trump's most loyal supporters raised their voices inside the arena, Trump's critics, many inspired by the Kavanaugh feud, made their presence felt outside on a chilly, wet evening. Read More »

Barbara Bush marries Craig Coyne in ME wedding

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Bush, 94. Only 20 members of Barbara's family witnessed her simple yet romantic ceremony, according to PEOPLE , but the guest list contained some major political icons. "Barbara is named for a unique and strong woman - and rightly so, because she is unique and strong". @laurawbush and I are so proud of our compassionate, daring, fierce, kind, intelligent, loving daughter. Read More »

Palestinians hand out sweets to celebrate murder of Israelis

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He subsequently went to the factory's offices on the second floor, where he tied up and shot Ms Yehezkel, a mother-of-one who was working as a secretary, and Mr Hajbi, a father-of-three who worked in accounting. Barkan industrial park is next to the settlement of Barkan and was established in the early 1980s. The Palestinian economy is heavily restricted under Israeli military rule, forcing tens of thousands of Palestinians to seek work in Israel as well as Jewish settlements. Read More »

Tracking Michael | Spaghetti models, forecast cone and satellite

The U.S. National Hurricane Center on Sunday upgraded Tropical Depression Michael to a named tropical storm, saying Michael earlier had winds of up to 85 kph. "This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center. Hurricane watches have been issued for the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area. Read More »

William Nordhaus, Paul Romer win Nobel Economics Prize

He has written on economics of climate change and has developed models to explain the interplay between economics, energy use and climate change. Two researchers at American universities have been awarded the Nobel Prize for economics. Read More »

Melania fires back: Let's talk about my trip, 'not what I wear'

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After her trip to the Nairobi orphanage, Melania was treated to a cultural performance at the National Theater. She was shown a pile of ashes, after the park burnt 105 tonnes of ivory to dissuade people from the trade. ALSO: She said she wishes people would "focus on what I do, not what I wear". Matt Carotenuto , a historian and coordinator of African Studies at St. Read More »

N Korea 'ready' to let inspectors into missile sites

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that Kim is expected to visit Russian Federation soon and that Chinese leader Xi Jinping will also travel to North Korea , but did not give any further details. DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Pompeo, who arrived from North Korea, told Yi he wanted to fill him on his meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un , and efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Pence paints China as enemy in USA election

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He pointed out that the tariffs imposed by China to date specifically target industries and states that will play an important role in the 2018 midterm elections, with more than 80 percent of US counties targeted by China having voted for Trump in 2016. Read More »

20 killed in limo crash in upstate NY

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The crash would be one of the worst accidents in recent history. Twenty people are dead following a horrific limousine crash in update NY on Saturday. Limousine accidents remain rare, according to NTSB data. "We hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us". There was no information Sunday on the limousine or its integrity. Read More »

Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh as favor to absent colleague

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Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd. Read More »

McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court . US President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court , condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh Gets Key Votes To Secure Supreme Court Seat

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The fight ended up less about judicial views than the sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved. It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records. "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins of Maine said Friday in a Senate floor speech. Read More »

APC planning to disrupt PDP presidential primaries - Wike

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Saraki, who polled just 317 votes after wide consultations around the states in the country have earned himself some serious backlash. Other presidential contenders in the PDP at the convention now underway in Port Harcourt include Aminu Tambuwwal, Sule Lamido, Kabiru Turaki, Attahiru Bafarawa, Datti Baba-Ahmed, Ahmed Makarfi, Jonah Jang and David Mark . Read More »

Brexit deal expected by November - Juncker

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The outgoing chief executive of insurance market Lloyd's of London , Inga Beale, said her firm is accelerating Brexit contingency plans to transfer contracts to a Brussels subsidiary as she feel Britain is getting closer to leaving the European Union without a deal. Read More »

Melania Trump Gets Bumped by Baby Elephant During Africa Trip

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Although the photos might suggest Melania was in danger at the elephant orphanage, she was reportedly smiling more than ever. In her first big solo trip overseas, the first lady is scheduled to visit four African countries in the span of a week: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. Read More »

MBS: Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide about Jamal Khashoggi

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The Post's empty column in Friday's edition bore Khashoggi's byline and the headline: "A missing voice". "I really like working with him, and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies", he said, mentioning the fight against Daesh forces in the Middle East.Bin Salman also commented on Trump's admonition to OPEC states that $80 a barrel is too high a price for oil. Read More »

Missing Interpol president 'sent photo of knife' to wife before vanishing

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Meng Hongwei , who heads the global law enforcement organisation Interpol, has not been heard from since travelling to China at the end of September. Xi, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, has overseen a harsh crackdown on civil society that is aimed at squelching dissent and activism among lawyers and rights advocates. Read More »

Nadia Murad: From jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

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At 11 am, CEST (2.30 pm, India time), the five-member Norwegian committee ended the guessing game by announcing this year's Nobel Peace Prize , which went to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. She escaped after three months and reached Germany, from where she campaigns for her people. The terror of this jihadi brute became so overwhelming that she eventually threw herself at a smaller man - begging him to take her. Read More »

Haiti quake kills at least 11, injures others

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night (001 GMT) and was centered 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometers) from the capital of Port-au-Prince . The tremor rattled the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking fear among residents still reeling from the massive 2010 quake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more injured. Read More »

Kavanaugh confirmed and sworn in as associate justice

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nine justices recognize the small world they inhabit, suggesting that the tense atmosphere surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination is unlikely to be replicated on the court. Hundreds were detained or arrested in various demonstrations leading up to Saturday's final vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. In regards to Kavanaugh and the sexual assault accusations surrounding him, she said that she was glad that boh Dr. Read More »

Trump celebrates Kavanaugh victory at Kansas political rally

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The Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote mostly along party lines, voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court and he was sworn in as a justice hours later. Republican senators who still care about the ideals of the US's founding and the strength of its democracy, ought to have thought carefully about these risks before they voted in Kavanaugh. Read More »

Korea ex-president Lee jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

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Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak arrived for questioning over bribery allegations at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul on March 14, 2018. Lee "took profits from the company for a long period" while serving as a lawmaker and Seoul mayor from 1992 to 2006, according to the ruling. He maintains the case was an act of political "revenge" by current President Moon Jae-in, who has promised to cleanse the nation of corruption scandals and has criticized Lee in ... Read More »