Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no'Fri, 14 Dec 2018 02:31 | The Independent
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest American elected into Congress, is a rising star among the left and has even been suggested as a viable Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday in response to a Vox article, written by co-founder Matthew Yglesias, that argued the incoming congresswoman should be able to run for the 2020 election despite her young age. Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies.
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billionWed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39 | Reuters
Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.
'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mineThu, 13 Dec 2018 10:34 | USA TODAY
Three people who disappeared in a closed West Virginia mine five days ago have been rescued and taken to a hospital in what a family member called a "Christmas miracle."
US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off JapanWed, 12 Dec 2018 08:59 | Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.
Erdogan says Turkey will start new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria within daysWed, 12 Dec 2018 15:41 | The Telegraph
Turkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. "We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days," Mr Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey says the YPG is a "terrorist offshoot" of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies. US forces have worked closely with the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). "The target is never American soldiers but terrorist organisation members active in the region," Mr Erdogan told the audience at a defence industry summit. Britons killed after joining Kurdish forces in Syria There are US forces with the SDF east of the Euphrates as well as in the flashpoint city of Manbij, which is west of the river. Washington's relationship with the YPG, seen as a key ally, is one of the main sources of tensions between Turkey and the US. Ankara has repeatedly lambasted Washington for providing military support to the Kurdish militia. Mr Erdogan has previously threatened to attack areas held by the YPG. In a bid to avoid any clash, the Nato allies agreed a "roadmap" for Manbij in June. His comments came a day after the Pentagon announced the setting up of US observation posts on the northeast Syria border region intended to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and the YPG despite calls from Ankara not to go ahead with the move. Mr Erdogan claimed Turkey was not being protected from terrorists but "terrorists were being protected" from possible action by Turkey.
Canada Goose shares slide amid Beijing-Ottawa row over Huawei CFO arrestWed, 12 Dec 2018 14:29 | The Guardian
The company’s slide in the stock market comes amid reports that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig has been detained in China. Growing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive have inflicted damage on the luxury clothing retailer Canada Goose, as Chinese consumers call for a boycott of the brand. Shares in the company have plunged nearly 20% since the arrest last week of Huawei’s chief financial officers Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrestedThu, 13 Dec 2018 09:18 | The Independent
Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China.
Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless BullyingThu, 13 Dec 2018 00:58 | HuffPost
A middle school student in Delaware has been allowed to change his surname
Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of emailed bomb threatsThu, 13 Dec 2018 20:42 | USA TODAY
Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.
Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian PeopleWed, 12 Dec 2018 14:41 | The National Interest
That is why Washington must maintain them.
Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murderWed, 12 Dec 2018 07:43 | Reuters
Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death, Braziel expressed thanks to "all those overseas, Italy and France, for their support for death row prisoners. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for attacking Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas-area community college, on Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.
Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raidWed, 12 Dec 2018 08:38 | Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.
Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giantsThu, 13 Dec 2018 03:21 | AFP
Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday. Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinising the dominant role played by the world's largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Despite bringing benefits, tech giants "tend to monopolise the market through their features such as... low costs and economies of scale," the report said.
Aries Horoscope for Friday, December 14, 2018
You weren`t so sure of yourself yesterday, but today your impatience and unease give way to a good, solid promise. If others don`t yet understand, that`s fine with you. There will be plenty of time to communicate your ideas over the next few days. For now, try to map out your plan of attack. Just because no one knows what you`re up to at the moment doesn`t mean that they won`t catch on to your scheme eventually.
This is your chance to really do something, Taurus. When the Stars look this good, the follower turns into the leader if the mood suits him or her. The only voices that you heed right now are those of ambition and adventure, and the only companions that you need are those who will gladly tag along. Don`t be afraid to cast off your heavy baggage. You`ll be able to buy more of whatever you need once you get to your final destination.
Minding your manners and staying quiet aren`t exactly your strong suits today, Gemini. For some reason, a sudden outburst or dramatic gesture feels like a very good idea. You`ll do whatever it takes to get attention, no matter how far you have to stick your neck out. With any luck, you`ve calculated the risks involved -- just in case you`re the one who`s surprised.
Let other people be subdued and reclusive. When you feel this good, you want to try branching out and meeting new people. As long as you have someone`s attention, you might as well amuse that person. If you don`t like who you`ve been these last few days, feel free to try on a different face or suit of clothes just to see how it fits. Start with temporary fixes, but keep an open mind. These experiments could be the start of a permanent change.
You`ve tried it plenty of times -- now it`s time to trust the results. Now that the test is over, you can finally feel free to let the transformation begin. Relax the wary stance you`ve held for the last couple of days, and remember that sometimes a smile is just a smile. Welcome back to the human race, and don`t drop out again any time soon. You should be able to tell by the looks on their faces that your friends and family missed you while you were gone.
There is a common thread woven throughout all of humanity, and you finally seem to have pulled the right string. Fellow travelers are united by politics, spirituality or a common enterprise. If you want to get the most out of this experience, be sure to keep an open mind at all times. Judgment is a waste of time if you don`t know the individual behind the collection of traits. Be generous with what you have.
This isn`t a good time to have doubt in your heart, Libra. Try to accept someone`s word even if his or her actions tell another story. While the Moon is in its current Sign, it`s important for you to try to protect yourself as inoffensively as possible. Others may be on the right track or making a huge mistake, but there`s nothing that you can do about it. Be content to occupy your own little corner of the world for now.
Everything you thought you knew yesterday has changed into something different today, but that isn`t necessarily a bad thing, Scorpio. Right now, the ordinary explodes with new meaning. For now, the dream defines the reality, instead of the other way around. Shift your focus to loosening the bonds that have suspended you above all the action, and drop straight in. There has never been a better time to try something new than right now.
You might not see a familiar face all day, but try to make the best of it, Sagittarius. Right now, nothing completes a difficult job like unusual pairings and partnerings. Even loners have to admit that they couldn`t have accomplished nearly as much without another`s input. When all is said and done, you might want to consider further joint projects like this one. If you need proof that it was a success, just ask the other participants.
While everyone else is following the directions that were given, you yearn to color outside of the lines. You can`t help it -- this moment bristles with creativity, uncomfortable as it may be. If you`d rather be somewhere else, why not just go? When the situation looks like this, you often feel like giving up just before pulling yourself together and charging ahead. There is a lesson to be learned here if you would take the time to listen.
You just want things the way you want them, and you don`t see anything wrong with that, right? The downside of being so stubborn is that you may start feeling persecuted, Aquarius. Before sounding your battle cry, you might want to look at yourself through another pair of eyes. As much as you think that you`re ahead of the game, you could actually be losing your point in this dramatic presentation. The Stars urge you to be a bit more flexible.
They might be able to tell you what to do, but no one can tell you how to feel. Ready or not, you`re going to fall in love. Pisceans in relationships will experience a new flowering of the feelings that started it all. If you`re leaning toward the romantic, keep in mind that music and poetry capture the moment better than conventional description. If you want to make a lasting impression, this is a good time to pull out all of the stops.