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United States helicopter forced to land on small island in Okinawa

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The AH-1 helicopter landed on the premises of a hotel in the village of Yomitan after a warning light had come on, the Japanese broadcaster NHK reported . Okinawa Deputy Gov. Moritake Tomikawa said that he was informed by Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the top commander of USA military forces in Okinawa, that the helicopter had a tail rotor failure. Read More »

Cliven Bundy: Case dismissed for Nevada rancher in standoff

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Attorney Steven Myhre, for "intentional abdication of. responsibility", "flagrant misconduct" and "substantial prejudice". A court has thrown out charges against a Nevada rancher who was at the centre of a 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement over access to public land. Read More »

Mitt Romney treated for prostate cancer over the summer; prognosis is good

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Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California", the source said. Fox News also confirmed the diagnosis and treatment. A Romney aide added that the cancer was removed surgically and did not spread beyond the prostate. The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story . If he ran and won, Romney, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump , could become a powerful foe of the White House in the Senate GOP caucus. Read More »

Regulators reject plan to rescue struggling coal and nuclear plants

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Comments submitted by the companies charged with operating the grid , "do not point to any past or planned generator retirements that may be a threat to grid resilience", the commission wrote. Along with this, there are far more coal retirements projected (20.6 GW) than new projects proposed (1.9 GW), and more nuclear retirements than new projects. Read More »

United States bill for weather disasters over 2017 hits record high

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Costs are adjusted for inflation but nonetheless, 2017 had three of the five most expensive hurricanes ever to hit the US. Besides Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina all had more than $1 billion in damage from the 16 weather disasters in 2017. Read More »

Australian TV, Stage Star Craig McLachlan Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

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As Nine News reports, Browne and Heynatz have filed two separate complaints to Victoria Police . McLachlan also reportedly asked her to come to his dressing room on one occasion, shut the door and took off his boxer shorts. The current production of the Rocky Horror Show is due to conclude at Adelaide Festival Centre on 13 January, after which it is scheduled to play at Queensland Performing Arts Centre from 18 January, Perth's Crown Theatre from 17 February, and Her Majesty's Theatre, ... Read More »

US Vice President Mike Pence to travel to Middle East next week

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A spokeswoman for Pence indicated "working together to fight terrorism and to improve national security" will be among topics of discussion. In his first trip to the Middle East as vice president, Mike Pence is scheduled to visit several countries and leaders in the region later this month. Read More »

Car Bomb in Idlib Kills 23

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, put the death toll at 34, including 19 civilians. On Sunday, government forces recaptured the town of Sinjar, removing a key obstacle to its march toward the air base, according to reports by the state-affiliated Al-Ikhbariya TV. Read More »

Some city offices to close for MLK Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. While volunteers Humanity fixed up the outside of the house, inside, museum board member Mary Hardin gave tours of the civil rights landmark. All Copperas Cove city facilities will be closed January 15, to include the Solid Waste Transfer Station. A fellowship service is planned at 3 p.m. Read More »

Egypt to hold presidential elections in March

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In case of runoff, he added, polls will be held from April 19-21 for expatriates and on April 24-26 in Egypt. In the case of no run-offs, the victor of the elections will be announced on 2 April, 2018. It will be Egypt's third election since the 2011 uprising which ended strongman Hosni Mubarak's long rule. However, Ali could be disqualified as he has received a suspended three-month jail term in September over an obscene hand gesture he reportedly made after winning a court order ... Read More »

British PM reshuffles Cabinet in bid to reassert authority

All the indications are that May is not strong enough to move the most senior cabinet ministers - Boris Johnson (foreign), Philip Hammond (chancellor), Amber Rudd (home) and David Davies ( Brexit ) - even if she wanted to in case they make trouble for her from the back benches. Read More »

Israel announces travel ban on pro-Palestinian boycott advocates

According to a statement by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, those who have carried out "significant, ongoing and consistent harm to Israel through advocating boycotts may be considered to have their entry barred". "Israel sees this as a deterrent, but I think that people will be even more dedicated to the cause", he told Al Jazeera, adding that such policies could end up having positive effects for the movement. Read More »

Seoul scrambles to prepare for NK participation in PyeongChang

Critics in South Korea have expressed concern that the North will use the Olympics as a way to skirt worldwide sanctions and try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington . An agreement by South Korea to revive a jointly run industrial park or a tourism project could also draw criticism from overseas that it violates United Nations sanctions because they would result in South Korean money being sent to North Korea, critics say. Read More »

Iran FM warns neighbors, says they seeking unrest in Iran

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is invited by EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini to hold talks on implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), ‎ Qassemi said at a press conference in Tehran Jan. Iranian authorities have said in the past few days that the protests - which at first vented anger at economic woes but later saw demonstrators calling for the overthrow of the government - are waning. Read More »

Brokenshire resigns as NI secretary

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Get on with recovery and get back to my duties as MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and also back to frontline political duties as well. Brokenshire was criticised for continually resetting deadlines in talks to restore the region's power-sharing government. Read More »

Egypt denies it urged quiet acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem decision

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The debate caught fire when The New York Times published a report on Saturday titled "Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders' Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move" by David D. Israel considers Jerusalem its undivided capital but Palestinians want a capital for a future state in the eastern part of the city, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War. Read More »

Fallen Pierce County deputy was Navy veteran, father

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Deputy McCartney was a Navy veteran and served the department for three years. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter that the officer, who has not been identified, was dispatched along with other deputies to a house in Frederickson, about 18 miles south of Tacoma, shortly before midnight. Read More »

Cricket teams booked in Kashmir as Pakistan's national anthem played before match

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In April 2016, a similar case had surfaced when youths were detained for wearing green jerseys of Pakistan's national eleven for a local cricket match. "The anthem was played live on Facebook and it went viral then". On Sunday morning, the Jammu and Kashmir police booked two cricket teams and several cricketers in Kashmir for standing in respect of Pakistan's national anthem. Read More »

Billionaire Tom Steyer to invest $30 million into midterm elections

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Tom Steyer , the California billionaire hedge fund manager and Democratic donor who has been running a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump , said that he would not run for office in 2018. Steyer would not, in other words, intervene in races only if the Democrats promised to pursue the impeachment of the president. "I don't see those two efforts as being separate", said Steyer of the midterm campaign and the impeachment campaign. Read More »

Trump Announces Trip To Visit Border Wall Prototypes In San Diego

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The government has been running on autopilot since the fiscal year began October 1, relying on a series of short-term measures that have kept the government running at last year's funding levels. Although Democrats are willing to negotiate on border security, they are firmly opposed to Trump's wall, the funding of which still appears to be massive challenge for the Trump administration . Read More »

Trump's Team, FBI In Talks About Possible Mueller Interview With POTUS

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The legal team is exploring standards for presidential interviews and has sought clarification for the location of the interview, the topics that would be discussed and the length of the session. A third, Jay Sekulow, did not respond to NBC's request for comment. But the president himself had not been interviewed yet in the election meddling case that has morphed to include his axing of Comey. Read More »