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Armenian acting PM's bloc leads parliamentary vote: election commission

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 18:33

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, is on his way to bolstering his authority as his political bloc appeared to have taken a clear lead in elections in the ex-Soviet country on Sunday, the Central Election Commission's (CEC) preliminary results showed. My Step Alliance, which includes Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party, won over 70 percent of the vote based on results from more than 50 percent of the polling stations, the CEC said on its website. ...

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 18:31

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.

Carl Bernstein: 'Donald Trump For The First Time In His Life Is Cornered'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:34

President Donald Trump is used to avoiding accountability. Whether in his past

Nation's first charter school strike ends, but could portend more battles on choice

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:31

The strike affected only about 7,500 of Chicago's 371,000 public school students. But it was closely followed by labor leaders and charter advocates around the country.

‘Yellow Jacket’ protests paralyze Paris and threaten Macron’s government

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:25

The fourth weekend of violent protests in France paralyzed the capital, as demonstrators called for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.

Fox News Contributor: Trump 'Likely To Be Indicted' On Campaign Finance Violations

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 16:04

Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy has bad news for President Donald Trump:

Who is Isha Ambani, and why are Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton in India for her wedding?

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:38

High-profile celebrities, from Beyonce to Hillary Clinton and Arianna Huffington, were spotted in India for Isha Ambani's pre-wedding festivities.

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:34

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March.

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power.

Newtown shooter described 'scorn for humanity'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:34

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting.

Wisconsin Democratic Governor-Elect May Sue If GOP Limits Power

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 13:43

“I need to stand up for the people of Wisconsin,” Evers added. Evers, currently Wisconsin’s education superintendent, defeated Walker in the Nov. 6 election and will take office on Jan. 7. The Republican-held legislature, in its lame-duck session, passed bills last week that would weaken the governor’s powers prior to Evers taking office.

Camp Fire survivor elated to find dog waiting at their burned down house

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 13:18

When Andrea Gaylord was forced to evacuate the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California in November, she couldn't get back home to take her dog Madison with her to safety as the fires spread. The evacuation order was lifted nearly a month after it was instated in Paradise, California, and Gaylord was beside herself to see Madison waiting for her as she pulled up to her burned down property, Gaylord told the ABC 10 news. Madison miraculously survived the Camp Fire that tore through Northern California throughout November, killing 85 people, displacing thousands, and leaving many, including Gaylord, homeless.

Rand Paul Calls Trump's Nomination Of William Barr For Attorney General 'Very Troubling'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 13:07

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday bashed President Donald Trump's nomination of

These are the 5 best holiday deals of the weekend

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:54

You've still got time to get your holiday gifts, and you can still find loads of sales.

Social Security notices showing cost-of-living increases available online for retirees

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:50

The Social Security Administration this week released its cost-of-living adjustment notices online. Paper notices are also being mailed to retirees.

UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:11

LONDON (AP) — A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok said he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade.

Key House Democrat Jerry Nadler Says Trump Payments May Be 'Impeachable Offenses'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:05

Allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney

Gavin McInness: Proud Boys founder and far-right activist ‘dropped’ by conservative US TV channel

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:53

A far-right activist linked with English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson has reportedly been ditched by an American television channel less than a week after he was recruited as a host. Gavin McInnes, the founder of right-wing group Proud Boys, which the FBI labelled an “extremist organisation with ties to white nationalism”, is no longer working with BlazeTV, the company announced. An FBI agent later denied having called the group extremist, saying it had been trying to characterise the potential threat from individuals in the Proud Boys.

Duchess of Sussex's father releases her handwritten letters and details of first wedding in latest bid to reconcile

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:38

When the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father hoped to resume contact with her after he was caught colluding with the paparazzi, he claims he tried letters, text messages and family interventions to no avail.  His next step, it appears, is to release handwritten cards, photographs and extraordinary details of her first wedding to the world via a tabloid newspaper. Thomas Markle, who has not spoken to the pregnant Duchess in months, has produced a dossier of “evidence” he believes will prove their once-close relationship, from aeroplane tickets to a hospital form he says shows he suffered a real heart attack preventing him from walking her down the aisle in May. Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, has already conducted numerous interviews with tabloids and on television, and has now released handwritten cards sent from his daughter over the years. One included $2,000 from the Duchess, then Meghan Markle, for Mr Markle to put towards a holiday, and another reads: “I love you with all of my heart now and forever.” Thomas Markle interviews on GMB earlier this year In lurid claims about her first wedding, to Trevor Engelson in 2011, he alleged guests had been given marijuana, insisting neither he or the bride had used it but that it was considered " no big deal in Jamaica".  Ms Markle, he said, had  “micro-managed everything”.   Asked by the Mail on Sunday about recent negative reports about the Duchess, he said: “I don't recognise this person. The Meghan I know was always sweet, kind, generous. She was always demanding but never rude.” Saying he had tried text messages, letters and a note via his ex-wife Doria Ragland, he confirmed he is no longer in touch with the Duchess or her new husband. Relaying an alleged conversation with Prince Harry while Mr Markle was in hospital receiving treatment for his heart, he said: “I apologised to Harry on the phone and all he said was, ‘If you'd listened to me [about how to deal with the media], none of this would have happened’. Thomas Markle did not attend the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Credit: PA “There are convicts in prisons who have murdered and committed all kinds of horrible crimes, and their daughters still visit them.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have never publicly responded to Mr Markle’s claims. Kensington Palace declined to comment. The intervention is likely to prove distressing for the Duke and Duchess, who are expecting their first child in the spring. Next year, they will move to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, and the search will begin for a new Private Secretary before Samantha Cohen, who has been in the role temporarily this year, departs. Ms Cohen, a former Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen, will oversee the recruitment process for a permanent member of staff, but may stay on beyond 2019 if her help is still required, sources said yesterday.

Marco Rubio Warns Trump: It Would Be A 'Terrible Mistake' To Pardon Paul Manafort

Top Stories - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:27

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said it would be a "terrible mistake" for


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