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Trump criticizes teen climate activist Greta Thunberg after magazine honor

In a Thursday tweet, the president says “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!”

UK voters decide who they want to resolve Brexit impasse

New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island

Trump signs order targeting college anti-Semitism

Police kill barricaded gunman who shot Pennsylvania trooper

Chicago salt truck slides on ice into Lake Michigan

US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue

Weinstein reaches tentative $25 million deal with accusers

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  Fourth grader’s University of Tennessee shirt design raises nearly $1 million to combat bullying

22 MLB teams to expand protective netting at ballparks

  Parents of toddler who fell to her death sue cruise company

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

Jersey City’s mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

FAA analysis predicted many more Max crashes without a fix

An FAA analysis after the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max predicted there would be more disasters without a fix of critical automated flight-control system.

  Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

Republican and Democratic senators looked to use his report on the origins of Russia investigation to back their views that the investigation was either an important and legitimate one or a badly bungled farce.

Krispy Kreme offering a dozen doughnuts for $1 on 12/12

Krispy Kreme is providing customers a big discount ahead of what it calls the “Day of the Dozens.”

New Zealand volcano vents steam, death toll now at 16

Six people have been confirmed dead. Increased volcanic activity is delaying the retrieval of eight other bodies believed to remain on the island.

No injuries after brief lockdown at Texas naval air station

Harvey Weinstein’s bail hiked to $5 million over ankle monitor issues

Greta Thunberg is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

  Elk and German shepherd caught on camera frolicking in Colorado

DeVos: Defrauded students may only get partial loan relief

Man, 18, arrested after video shows him riding on back of deer in Oregon

Saudi Aramco starts trading, gaining 10% and reaching $1.8T

The oil giant started trading for the first time after a mammoth $25.6 billion initial public offering that set the record as the biggest in history.

Officer, 5 others killed in shootout, standoff in Jersey City

Officials said six people were killed including a police officer as a result of what’s been described as a wild shootout and standoff Tuesday in Jersey City.

Alaska Air offers annual ugly holiday sweater special

Alaska Airlines will offer priority boarding to anyone wearing a holiday sweater on Dec. 20.

New Zealand volcano vents steam, stymies recovery of bodies

Authorities believe eight bodies remain on White Island. About 30 people have been hospitalized, many of them suffering severe burns.

Trump to sign order targeting anti-Semitism at colleges

President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features.

  Firefighters rescue pelican entangled in fishing line and hooks

Some Panama City Beach firemen freed an injured pelican Tuesday morning.

Philip McKeon, ‘Tommy’ on ’80s sitcom ‘Alice,’ dies at 55

Philip McKeon died Tuesday after a long illness.

Barr: FBI’s Russia investigation based on ‘bogus narrative’

Attorney General William Barr disagrees with the inspector general, particularly the finding that the FBI had enough information to use surveillance on a former Trump campaign aide.

Popeyes chicken sandwich replaces banana as art

Popeyes places its chicken sandwich on exhibit at a Miami art gallery.

  Officer uses sign language to help deaf woman at California DMV, pays for new ID

Officer Parra Rodriguez can be seen using American Sign Language in a video released by CHP to help the woman complete the application for an ID card.

Newspaper criticizes film’s take on Olympic bombing coverage

Editor Kevin Riley has written an op-ed taking particular issue with the portrayal of reporter Kathy Scruggs in Clint Eastwood's new film "Richard Jewell."

Search for missing Conn. girl continues

Police continue the search for the 1 year old who has been missing since her mother was found murdered on Dec 2.

There’s a petition to make ‘Baby Yoda’ an emoji

The adorable little being from the Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” has already taken over our memes. It appears to want our keyboards next.

Democrats, White House forge new North American trade deal

Just before Pelosi announced her support, Trump said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will “be great" for the U.S.

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies at 61

The singer’s management agency said Tuesday she died “of the consequences of a long illness.” Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986.

  Maryland company surprises employees with $10 million bonus

Employees at a Maryland commercial real estate firm were in for one of the biggest surprises of their lives when they learned what bonus they received after the company met certain goals.

Spy Harder: Patriots caught videotaping in Spygate sequel

Those rules were also an issue in 2007, when the Patriots were caught videotaping opposing team signals.

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesman lashes out

The ruling Tuesday is being closely watched as Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era.

  Hero pit bull dies in house fire after alerting family

Last week, a Lawrence County couple lost everything in a house fire, including a dog they said saved their life.

Trump sharply criticizes FBI head after Russia probe report

Wray told The Associated Press the problems identified by the inspector general are “unacceptable” and is promising changes in how the FBI handles investigation.

‘We must act;’ Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges

Democrats put forward one charge against the Republican president of abuse of power and another of obstruction of Congress.

New Zealand police opening criminal probe of deaths at volcano island

The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia, the prime minister said.

Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

The new trade pact would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers involving the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

Trump and his allies acknowledge he will likely be impeached in the Democratic-controlled House, but they also expect acquittal next year in the Senate where Republicans have the majority.

George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94

A funeral was held on Monday for George Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world. He died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh.

FBI: No link found between cyberattack and Navy base attack

Officials in the city of Pensacola became aware of the cyberattack early Saturday, hours after Friday’s shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Report: US misled public on progress in Afghanistan war

Thousands of pages of documents reveal deep frustrations about America’s conduct of the Afghanistan war, including the ever-changing U.S. strategy, the struggles to develop an effective Afghan fighting force and persistent failures to defeat the Taliban and combat corruption in the government.

Baseball fans are upset with Nike’s new jerseys

Nike took over as the MLB uniform supplier and some baseball fans are not happy with the new jerseys.

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine sat down together for the first time at the French presidential palace along with the leaders of France and Germany for talks focused on reviving a 2015 peace agreement for eastern Ukraine that has largely stalled.

Watchdog report: FBI’s Russia probe justified, no bias found

The report from the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed for the first time that the FBI had also sent an informant to record a conversation with a “high-level Trump campaign official,” who was not considered a subject in the Russia probe.

White Castle frozen burgers recalled due to listeria

White Castle recalled several varieties of it frozen burgers due to listeria concerns.

Amazon claims Trump interfered with Pentagon contract

Amazon claims Trump interfered with $10 billion Pentagon contract in order to hurt CEO Jeff Bezos.

Experts cite training gaps in accidental shootings by police

Accidental shootings by law enforcement have happened in recent years at agencies small and large and at all levels — city, county, state and federal — across the U.S., an Associated Press investigation found.

Brain bleeding triggers new aspirin recommendations

Aspirin regimens are no longer being recommended for preventing stroke or heart disease.

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

The ice bucket challenge has raised more than $200 million worldwide for research into ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Cyberattack downs city computers in Pensacola, Fla., site of recent Navy attack

City officials became aware of the attack at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, many hours after the shooting.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

Led by ‘Marriage Story,’ Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

With four films up for best picture, four series nominated for the top television awards and 34 total nominations, Netflix dominated the 77th Golden Globe nominations on Monday.

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports.

Police: Slain Arkansas officer ‘ambushed’ in patrol vehicle

Officer Stephen Carr, 27, was “ambushed and executed” late Saturday outside Fayetteville Police Department headquarters, Chief Mike Reynolds said.

4-year-old twins free selves, climb to safety after dad dies in car crash

Authorities say the girls' father was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The accident is under investigation.

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

Investigators are also working to establish whether the killer, identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone.

‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79

The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois told The Associated Press.

Big Bird, Ronstadt, Sally Field celebrated at Kennedy Center

Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts.

‘Frozen 2’ leads box office again; ‘Playmobil’ flops

The Walt Disney Co. animated sequel has already grossed $919.7 million worldwide. It will soon become the sixth Disney release this year to cross $1 billion, a record sure to grow to seven once “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters later this month.

College Football Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

The selection committee revealed the pairings Sunday for the national semifinals and the final four was no surprise.

North Dakota county may become US’s 1st to bar new refugees

Members of a North Dakota commission are set to vote on whether their county will stop accepting refugees.

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

Chicago-area rapper Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday after a “medical emergency″ at Midway International Airport, according to authorities.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

Spinney voiced and operated the two major Muppets from their inception in 1969 when he was 36, and performed them almost exclusively into his 80s on the PBS kids’ television show that later moved to HBO.

North Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled rocket launch site

North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will have a key effect on the country’s strategic position.

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt.

Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

Assistant New Delhi police commissioner Anil Kumar Mittal said that “the fire appears to have been caused by electric short circuit,” adding that authorities were investigating whether the factory was operating legally.

Minnesota National Guard identifies 3 killed in helicopter crash

The Minnesota National Guard says the three soldiers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near St. Cloud this week were part of a unit that returned last May from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist.

  House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption

Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

Strong with the Force the Mississippi Department of Transportation is

The popular little being from the Disney Plus series "The Mandalorian" popped up on MDOT’s social media this week and highway traffic status signs.

Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do.