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Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance Mandate Click Here to Open in a New Window

Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance MandateSen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cast a decisive, dramatic vote to save health care for millions of people over the summer.



Whitefish Shuts Down Operations In Puerto Rico, Claims It's Owed $83 Million Click Here to Open in a New Window

Whitefish Shuts Down Operations In Puerto Rico, Claims It's Owed $83 MillionWhitefish Energy is halting work on Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid after claiming the U.S. territory owes the company $83 million.



102-year-old Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family died meets nephew he didn't know existed Click Here to Open in a New Window

102-year-old Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family died meets nephew he didn't know existedA 102-year-old Polish man who believed his entire family had died in the Holocaust was reduced to tears this week when he met a nephew that he didn't know he had.



Trump pardons Drumstick, the national Thanksgiving turkey Click Here to Open in a New Window

Trump pardons Drumstick, the national Thanksgiving turkeyPresident Donald Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017



Lawyer: Ex-student charged in body fluids case isn't racist Click Here to Open in a New Window

Lawyer: Ex-student charged in body fluids case isn't racistThe lawyer for a former Connecticut college student accused of smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings said Tuesday that he doesn't expect authorities to file hate crime charges.



Zimbabwe's New Leaders Are None Other Than Mugabe's Former 'Enforcers' Click Here to Open in a New Window

Zimbabwe's New Leaders Are None Other Than Mugabe's Former 'Enforcers'Jubilant crowds filled the streets of Zimbabwe’s cities on Tuesday, after the country’s speaker of parliament announced that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after decades in power.



Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself Click Here to Open in a New Window

Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himselfHOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — It's been six years since Theo Ramos first cut himself in the school bathroom, six years since his parents and friends and teachers found out he wanted to be a boy instead of a girl, six years in transition.



Turkish lira hits record low against dollar Click Here to Open in a New Window

Turkish lira hits record low against dollarThe embattled Turkish lira hit record lows against the dollar on Tuesday as investors took fright over an impending trial in the United States and changes to banking regulations. The Turkish lira lost over one percent in value to trade at 3.97 to the dollar late morning, testing the never-before-reached 4.0 ceiling, before rallying slightly to 3.95 in the early evening. The latest drop followed the delay on Monday of a scheduled trial in the United States of Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, accused of defying US sanctions on Iran.



Net neutrality repeal was decided after 'enormous numbers' of fake people sent messages of support for Trump administration Click Here to Open in a New Window

Net neutrality repeal was decided after 'enormous numbers' of fake people sent messages of support for Trump administrationThe profound and fundamental changes currently being made to the internet are being done partly on the basis of hundreds of thousands of fake people, according to New York's attorney general. This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would repeal Obama-era protections that guaranteed net neutrality. Campaigners say that the move would allow internet companies to force people to pay for access to specific websites, for instance, or charge a fee if they want to download things at any speed.



Stunning CCTV Footage Shows North Korean Defector Being Shot By Border Guards Click Here to Open in a New Window

Stunning CCTV Footage Shows North Korean Defector Being Shot By Border GuardsUnited Nations Command on Tuesday released dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier defecting from his country and fleeing south across the Demilitarized Zone last week only to be fired upon by his fellow border guards.



"I remember feeling really scared that he could be around any corner, because we weren’t sure exactly where he was." Click Here to Open in a New Window

"I remember feeling really scared that he could be around any corner, because we weren’t sure exactly where he was."Chelsea Sobolik had just come off a double shift at a Red Robin restaurant when she decided, at the last minute, to join a group of friends for a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado. After the shooting, Sobolik took a year off to rest and recover, something that would not have been possible without Red Robin’s Giving Fund ― a charitable donation her colleagues made with every check to support workers during tough times. Between this fund, the free mental health care she received from the Aurora Mental Health Center and help from her family and friends, Sobolik feels grateful for all the support that has helped her cope, but she considers recovery a lifelong process.



Lebanon’s Saad Hariri returns to Beirut amid Saudi resignation saga Click Here to Open in a New Window

Lebanon’s Saad Hariri returns to Beirut amid Saudi resignation sagaSaad Hariri returned to Lebanon late Tuesday for the first time since he stunned his country by announcing from Saudi Arabia that he was quitting as prime minister more than two weeks ago. His resignation, made in an uncomfortable televised statement from Riyadh, set off an international political crisis involving Paris and Washington, who were left without one of their chief partners in a region swirling in conflict. Hariri left Saudi Arabia for Paris on Saturday by invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, before traveling on to Beirut by way of Egypt and Cyprus on Tuesday. President Michel Aoun said he would not accept the resignation until Hariri delivered it in person. Hariri, looking solemn upon his arrival, was driven from the airport to pray at the grave of his father, the late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. He then retired to his home in central Beirut. Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri visits the grave of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri  Credit: AFP He was expected to join Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the army’s independence day parade Wednesday. Hariri was leading a coalition government with his political opponents in the militant group Hezbollah when he stunned Lebanon by announcing his resignation on Nov. 4. He accused Hezbollah of holding Lebanon hostage and hinted there was a plot against his life. The announcement pushed Lebanon back to the forefront of a pounding regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which until recently appeared to have a tacit agreement to find an accord to keep Lebanon stable. It also set off speculation that Hariri had been forced to step down by the Gulf kingdom and was being held there against his will. His announcement was accompanied by a sharp intensification of Saudi rhetoric against Hezbollah, which the kingdom accuses of meddling on Iran’s behalf in regional affairs. Hezbollah has been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad in that country’s brutal civil war, where many of Assad’s enemies are rebels backed by Saudi Arabia. The kingdom says Hezbollah is also advising Houthi rebels waging a war against Yemen’s Saudi-backed government. Supporters of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri wave the Future Movement flags as they celerate in Beirut his return Credit: AFP Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia has partnered with Israel to conspire against regional independence. Hariri, in his only in depth interview since announcing his resignation, told his media station Future TV that he could retract his resignation if a deal could be struck with his opponents to distance Lebanon from regional conflicts. Hariri’s trek back from Saudi Arabia came by way of Paris, Egypt, and Cyprus, where he met with the presidents of those countries. Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi and French leader Emmanuel Macron are reportedly trying to mediate a solution that would involve rolling back Hariri’s resignation. A dual Saudi-Lebanese national with vast business interests in the kingdom, Hariri told reporters after talks with the Egyptian leader: "Inshallah (God willing), tomorrow’s Independence Day in Lebanon will be a feast for all Lebanese." The celebrations are traditionally attended by the president, the prime minister and the parliament speaker - three pillars of Lebanon’s political system, with the president traditionally a Maronite Christian, the speaker a Shiite Muslim and the prime minister a Sunni Muslim. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (C) arrives at Beirut International Airport  Credit: AFP Hariri met with el-Sissi at the presidential palace in Cairo’s upscale Heliopolis district and a cryptic statement by the Lebanese leader’s press office later said the two discussed the "latest developments in Lebanon and the region." Separately, el-Sissi spoke on the telephone with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, according to an official Egyptian statement. The two leaders emphasized that preserving Lebanon’s national unity and the country’s national interests was a top priority, the statement said. Hariri arrived in France on Saturday at the invitation of Macron, who has been trying to calm tensions and avert another proxy conflict in the region, between Saudi-backed and Iranian-backed camps in Lebanon. After meeting with Macron, Hariri said he would return home in time for Wednesday’s celebrations in Lebanon, where he said he would "declare my political stance." "As you know I have resigned and we will talk about this matter in Lebanon," Hariri said. Lebanon’s president, Aoun, has refused to accept Hariri’s resignation, accusing the Saudis of holding him against his will. Hariri denied this. Media reports and analysts say el-Sissi and Macron have been trying to persuade Hariri to negotiate with other Lebanese leaders on a way out of the crisis, thus preventing the country’s delicate political balance from unraveling and plunging it into a prolonged crisis that would fuel tension in the region. News of the joint Egypt-French effort was reported by Al-Akhbar, an authoritative Beirut newspaper that takes an anti-Saudi stand. It said in its Tuesday edition that French and Egyptian officials discussed Lebanon’s future in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, on the sidelines of el-Sissi’s visit to the island nation. El-Sissi returned home from Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon. El-Sissi, a general who has been Egypt’s president since 2014, has forged close ties with the Saudis, who are his country’s main Arab financial backer. He has, however, managed to pursue regional policies different from those of Riyadh, particularly in Syria and Yemen, without damaging relations with the Saudis. Responding to Riyadh’s escalation against Iran and Hezbollah, el-Sissi earlier this month said the region already was so fraught with tension and instability that it did not need a new crisis. But he also renewed his pledge to come to the rescue of Gulf Arab allies and benefactors if their security was directly threatened.  



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910 AD Fujiwara no Asatada, a Japanese poet, designated one of the 36 Immortals was born.

1596 AD there was an earthquake in Japan; several cities made ruins, and thousands perished.

1792 AD - in Kyushu Island, Japan: collapse of old lava dome during eruption of Unzen volcano caused avalanche and tsunami that killed an estimated 14,300 people. (Most were killed by the tsunami.) Japan's greatest volcano disaster.

1896 AD - an earthquake and tidal wave killed 27,000 in Sanriku, Japan

1923 AD - in Japan: magnitude 8.3 earthquake destroyed one-third of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. More than 140,000 killed.

1995 AD - a magnitude: 6.9 earthquake hit Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, Japan


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