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Nationwide Christmas tree shortage driving up prices

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Debra and Jack Smith are building a Christmas tree farm in rural Richmond. "I still have the original John Deere 580 walking plow that was used to cut furrows into the side hill and they planted the trees in those furrows by hand", Hartung said. Read More »

SC may not have drugs for December execution

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McMaster and Stirling have asked the state General Assembly to pass the shield law during its next session. The state's supply of pentobarbital expired in 2013 , and Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said Monday that four years of trying to find an additional supply has failed because drug companies won't sell if it is publicly known they are providing drugs for executions. Read More »

Senegal's former foreign affairs minister arrested in the U.S. for bribery

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Kim said in the statement. The department said in the statement that Gadio was the go-between and was paid $400,000 by Ho via wire transfers through NY. It identified the chairman of the unnamed company as someone who was appointed as a "special honorary adviser" to the president of the UN General Assembly in 2015, when Kutesa held that position. Read More »

MHP's Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period begins Wednesday

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Thanksgiving is ordinarily one of the most hectic travel periods of the year, and state troopers are urging motorists to remain safety-minded as they travel throughout the state. They will be assigned to saturation patrols to combat speeding and distracted drivers through Operation CARE with checkpoints. "We will have additional patrols out to help remove intoxicated drivers from the roadways". Read More »

Crocodile takes stroll on Florida beach

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The crocodile could be seen on the shore of the beach while beach officials kept pedestrians at a distance. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrived at the beach and attempted to snare the reptile with catch poles, but it gave them the slip and swam down the beach. Read More »

Paris will host European Union banking authority

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They drew lots in both cases after voting didn't produce a victor. The French capital was chosen over Dublin after a random draw was held to decide the victor when the two cities gained equal votes in a poll among EU27 finance ministers. Carles Puigdemont, the sacked leader of Catalonia, said that Barcelona had been the "favorite" but that the "state had condemned it", blaming violence over the region's disputed independence vote. Read More »

Lebanon's Hariri is on his way home

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In his initial speech from Riyadh, Hariri, who is Sunni Muslim and holds Saudi citizenship, accused Iran of interfering in his country's affairs and claimed he feared for his life. It quoted informed sources as saying that Aoun has told France and Hariri that "everything that has happened until now indicates that the political settlement is still in place". Read More »

The Justice Department Is Investigating Harvard University's Affirmative Action Policies

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The investigation stems from an earlier federal complaint that accused the school of discriminating against Asian-Americans in admissions, CNN said. Harvard University did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Edward Blum, the lawyer behind the Students for Fair Admissions suit, also steered an anti-affirmative action lawsuit, Fisher v. Texas, that alleged admissions discrimination against a white student, Abigail Fisher. Read More »

Additional remains found of USA soldier killed in Niger

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According to CNN , more remains of Johnson and three other soldiers, who were who was killed in an October ambush by ISIS in Niger, were found and identified according to a United States official. The announcement of Johnson's remains, which were somehow missed in the initial sweep, comes after The Washington Post reported that Johnson was found by villagers with his hands bound and a gaping wound in his head, raising the possibility that he was captured alive and later executed. Read More »

Democrats Line Up to Pile on Bill Clinton

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The Daily Mail's article was penned by former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Ed Klein . Notable guests included Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackleford, former U.S. Read More »

Air Force Pilot Dies in Crash Along Texas-Mexico Border

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The circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear. The crash occurred in Del Rio and the plane was from nearby Laughlin Air Force Base. "Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our airmen", said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th FTW vice commander. "We're a close-knit family and when a tragedy like this occurs, every member of the USA armed forces feels it", said Col. Read More »

Opponents cry foul as Malcolm Turnbull postpones Australian parliament

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After the surprise move angered Labor and the crossbench, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and four non-Labor lower house MPs wrote to the PM on Tuesday, demanding he change course. At this rate, Turnbull is not far from the metaphorical chopping block either". An outraged Bob Katter declared "Parliament will sit". He said he had spoken with Labor about turning up to Canberra on Monday anyway, as long as the other independent crossbenchers agreed. Read More »

Coast Guard stop runaway boat after operator falls out

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The crew then took the boat and its owner to the Berwick Bay boat launch. Three people were rescued after their boat sank off the coast of La Jolla Saturday morning. "Before leaving the dock, you should always check the weather, file a float plan, check your lifesaving equipment and ensure your vessel is safe to be out on the water". Read More »

Supreme Court refuses to stay Padmavati again

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Joshi also noted the tendency of filmmakers to bypass the censor board and share the film with media even before it was approved and certified by the board. From Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh, leaders said "distortion" of historical facts won't be tolerated by the people. Read More »

Rep. John Conyers denies settling sexual harassment complaints with staff members

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The AP reports Conyers has "been looking at these things with amazement" and said he learned of the report just hours earlier. Michigan's Democratic Rep. Four unnamed sources who were involved with the case confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the documents are authentic. Congress' Office of Compliance has in the past settled such accusations in exchange for confidentiality, but who had been implicated had never been reported. Read More »

Mugabe Faces Final Days in Power as Zimbabwe Impeachment Looms

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A goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe handing power to his wife, Grace, 41 years his junior, who appeared on the cusp of power after Mnangagwa was pushed out. Another member who was recalled is Phelekezela Mphoko, who was the second vice president, and Grace's close ally. That could even lead to a direct military takeover, although the impasse derives largely from the armed forces' unwillingness to be seen to be mounting a coup. Read More »

USA charges Iranian over 'Game of Thrones' HBO hack

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Mesri also stole scripts and plot summaries for programs including " Game of Thrones ", according to the indictment . (HBO), stealing data - including episodes of the popular television series " Game of Thrones " - and attempting to extort $6 million worth of the digital currency bitcoin from the company. Read More »

Harbaugh says Michigan QB Peters in concussion protocol

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Running back Chris Evans had a concussion past year and played the next week, Harbaugh noted. MI quarterback Brandon Peters is in concussion protocol after taking a hard hit at Wisconsin last Saturday and his availability the upcoming rivalry game against Ohio State is uncertain. Read More »

Marico slashes prices, extends GST benefit to consumers

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Restaurants has raised prices to ensure consumers pay nearly the same as before the 5% GST rate came into effect. The GST Council in its 23rd meeting in Guwahati, Assam, brought down GST rates of 177 items from the 28 percent slab to the 18 percent slab. Read More »

Palestinians 'freeze' communications with USA over PLO office row

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The PLO office serves as the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington but does not have embassy status as the USA doesn't recognize Palestinian statehood. The Palestinians quickly dismissed that argument, with Malki telling Palestine Radio that the Palestinian leadership "will not accept any extortion or pressure". Read More »

Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shooting

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Police say SWAT team members surrounded the house after tracking Holt there from a location in Duquesne. The shooting occurred during a foot chase that began shortly after a traffic stop took place. Shaw was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital, where he later died. On Sunday, police arrested Harper, who they allege fled the traffic stop after Holt bolted from the SUV. Read More »

Amsterdam picked to host European Union medicines agency after Brexit

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After three rounds of voting, the Dutch capital was tied with Milan, resulting in the coin toss as a tie-breaker on Monday in Brussels , Reuters reported . But it has also been deeply political. There is a smaller batch of eight bidders for the EBA, the banking overseer with 159 staff. The EBA is perhaps best known for its regular stress tests on the EU's financial sector in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read More »

Ryan Murder Case: Bus conductor Ashoke gets bail

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The court exonerated Ashok saying it's a matter of life and death and allowed the bail with a bond of Rs 50,000. We were given benefit of doubt, " Anil Sharma, the lawyer of bus conductor Ashok said. Throughout the last hearing of the Pradyuman case on November 17, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is inquiring the case, had to conflict the bail plea of the three trustees of the school and demanded that their custody should be granted to the CBI. Read More »

Senior Tripura journalist shot dead in altercation with State Rifles jawan

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However, according to IANS , a police officer identified the accused as Tapan Debbarma, bodyguard of the TSR's Second Battalion Commandant. Sudip Datta Bhaumik had a fight with a PSO of the Commandant outside the office of Commandant. My condolences to the family of the deceased", Mamata Banerjee said on twitter. The killing comes weeks after a TV journalist was killed in West Tripura. Read More »