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Downtown Nashville explosion knocks communications offline; blast is intentional, authorities say

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and THALIA BEATY | Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded flights at the city’s airport. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional. Police were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would d...
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Lindsey Graham tweets that Trump wants $2,000 checks in relief bill as COVID-19 relief bill lingers in limbo

President Donald Trump's motorcade drives to the Trump International Golf Club, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Donald Trump spent part of his Christmas with ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, in Palm Beach, Florida, amid his awaited decision to sign the COVID-19 relief bill. Trump has previously expressed his support to provide Americans $2,000 in COVID relief funds, instead of the proposed $600 package.  "After spending some time with Presi...
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Lindsey Graham tweets that Trump wants $2,000 checks as COVID-19 relief bill lingers in limbo

President Donald Trump's motorcade drives to the Trump International Golf Club, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Donald Trump spent part of his Christmas with ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, in Palm Beach, Florida, amid his awaited decision to sign the COVID-19 relief bill. Trump has previously expressed his support to provide Americans $2,000 in COVID relief funds, instead of the proposed $600 package.  "After spending some time with Presi...
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The message of Christmas brings us hope

This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet the accretion of custom and the romanticization of the story sometimes keep us from seeing just how improbable, in terms of the ways of the world, this story is. If one thinks as the wo...
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For California to thrive, it needs some new politicians

SACRAMENTO – The late, great urban theorist, Jane Jacobs, wrote in her seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities that, “there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error and experimentation in the high-overhead economy of new construction. Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.” She was explaining that people with innovative business ideas need an inexpensive place to get started. After all, the founders of Apple, Google and Disney birthed their ente...
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A parked RV exploded in downtown Nashville and sent 3 people to a hospital in an incident authorities say was 'intentional'

Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP An RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Friday morning, according to local reports. Buildings are damaged, and three people were taken to hospitals. There are no reports of critical injuries yet. Local authorities told CNN that they believe the act was do...
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US presidents' pets: Biden dogs Major and Champ to restore White House tradition

From Socks the cat to Macaroni the pony, the US presidential tradition is returning with Joe Biden.
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A federal judge delayed the execution of the only woman on death row, said the DOJ rescheduling it was unlawful

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File A federal judge said the Justice Department delayed the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on death row, Politico reported. US District Court Judge Randolph Moss said the DOJ acted unlawfully when it rescheduled the execution of Montgomery.  Montgomery was initially set to be executed on December 8, but her execution was rescheduled to January 12 after her ...
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Donald Trump renewed his calls for $2,000 checks, but it's unclear if he'll veto the bipartisan stimulus package

US President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to wrestler Dan Gable in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on December 7, 2020. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump reiterated his support for $2,000 direct payments to Americans in a tweet on Friday. "Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600?" he wrote. It's still unclear if Trump will sign or veto the stimulus re...
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CS Soapbox: Wonder Woman 1984 is Basically Superman II

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Soapbox: Wonder Woman 1984 is Basically Superman II WARNING: Major Spoilers ahead for Wonder Woman 1984! If You do not wish to be spoiled, please watch the movie on HBO Max first! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; admiralCookie = null; if (typeof readAdmiralCookie === "function"){ admiralCookie = re...
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Keir Starmer faces Labour frontbench revolt over Brexit deal

Shadow ministers poised to resign and defy three-line whip when MPs vote on trade deal on WednesdayKeir Starmer is facing a revolt from Labour frontbenchers over his decision to back the government’s Brexit trade deal.The party leader has been warned that shadow ministers are poised to resign and defy a three-line whip when the House of Commons votes on the deal on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Keir Starmer, Brexit, WednesdayKeir Starmer


Ivanka Trump shares Christmas family photo

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump on Friday wished her followers a Merry Christmas and tweeted a family photo from inside the White House as...
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The Guardian view on Brexit in a time of Covid: Crisis? What Crisis? Editorial

Parliament should be recalled to deal with the crisis of coronavirus, not just that of leaving the EUIn January 1979, a beleaguered Labour prime minister, James Callaghan, returned from a Caribbean summit to a country that appeared in crisis. A week earlier, truck drivers had gone on strike, cutting off petrol supplies in the “winter of discontent”. When the prime minister arrived at London’s Heathrow airport, he held a press conference in which nothing memorable was said. Instead, in a phrase t...
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Human remains found near Nashville explosion

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and THALIA BEATY | Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that authorities have found human remains in the vicinity of the explosion that rocked downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. It is unclear how the remains are related to the Friday explosion or whether they might belong to the person believed to be responsible or a victim. The officials could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on ...
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Brexit trade deal to be approved by EU27 'within days'

Little doubt that deal struck at 11th hour will be signed off, while British MPs are set to be recalled for 30 December voteThe 27 members of the EU are expected to approve the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK within days after a Christmas Day briefing of ambassadors by Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiator.Experts across Europe, from Berlin to Paris and Rome, will now pore over the 1,246-page text, although much of it is well-known in the capitals and there is little doubt that the agre...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Berlin, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Rome, Paris, Brexit, Trade Policy, Michel Barnier


Rich countries buying most of the world's vaccine supply has left the rest 'scrambling for supplies,' campaigners say

The CEO of the The New Jewish Home long-term care facility in New York receives the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on December 21, 2020. BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images Wealthier countries like the US and the UK have cleaned out global supplies of coronavirus vaccines, leaving many nations without access to any doses at all. Rich countries have reserved more doses than their populations need, while lower-income countries are relying on a UN-backed acquisition program that may struggle to deli...
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A step forward or a failure: Britons react to the Brexit deal

We asked people for their thoughts on the agreement. Predictably, views were mixedA Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and the EU with Boris Johnson hailing it as a “jumbo, Canada-style” arrangement. The Guardian asked four people for their thoughts, with some pleased and others not. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Canada, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Trade Policy


How real is the threat of prosecution for Donald Trump post-presidency?

Legal threats range from investigations into his business dealings in New York to possible obstruction of justice charges – but all come with a political costAt noon on 20 January, presuming he doesn’t have to be dragged out of the White House as a trespasser, Donald Trump will make one last walk across the South Lawn, take his seat inside Marine One, and be gone. Continue reading...
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'Make what you want seem normal': David Frost and the Brexit deal

British chief negotiator, or ‘Great Frost’ to the PM, said short-term costs of Brexit will be outweighed by long-term benefitsFor good or ill, David Frost knew how to get under Michel Barnier’s skin. The British chief negotiator’s habit in the negotiating room of dismissing the EU as “your organisation”, as if it was a bowling club, grated with his French counterpart.“You ask for respect for your sovereignty, David, but please respect ours,” Barnier privately chided Frost. Throughout many months...
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Britain is sending 800 military personnel to its border with France as it tries to break the logjam of truck drivers stranded by COVID-19 restrictions

A firefighter swabs a lorry driver to test for Covid-19 on December 24, 2020 in Dover, United Kingdom. Travel from the UK to France is gradually resuming after being suspended due to concerns about a new strain of COVID-19. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Britain is sending 800 new military personnel to its border with France to help test thousands of stranded truck drivers for coronavirus. French President Emmanuel Macron shut down the French border with the UK on Sunday amid Britain's outbreak ...
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The CDC says people planning to travel from the United Kingdom to the US have to test negative for COVID-19 first

Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Air travelers coming to the US from the UK must test negative for COVID-19 at least three days before their flight, the CDC said.  The rule will go into effect on December 28.  It comes after the UK discovered a new and potentially more transmissible strain of the novel coronavirus.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that travelers flying to the US from the United Kingdom will have t...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, New York, Science, Cdc, US, Trends, United States, United Kingdom, Airlines, Pbs, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


'Christmas gift' or 'bad timing'? Brexit deal greeted with joy and foreboding around world

Last-minute agreement assessed as either a welcome economic boost or a bad move in a world that has become dominated by uncertaintyBritain should be congratulated for coming to a Brexit deal with the EU, but be wary of the very different world they are walking into, international analysts have said.Outside Europe, politicians, experts, and media took a short break from Christmas and the pandemic to welcome the end of Britain’s long and torturous Brexit process, but there was little in the way of...
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OANN is doubling down on election conspiracy theories after Dominion threatened the network with a defamation lawsuit

Dominion Voting Systems has threatened to sue OAN, Newsmax, and Fox News for defamation. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dominion Voting Systems sent letters to the One America News Network threatening to sue for defamation, accusing the network of spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the election-technology company. OAN responded with letters of its own, asking Dominion to preserve certain documents concerning the election in order to help the network make its case if it ends up ...
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Boris Johnson vows to pit UK against EU in race for success

Ursula von der Leyen questions PM’s understanding of sovereignty while OBR expects Brexit to hurt GDPBritain is heading into a new chapter in its relationship with the rest of Europe with Boris Johnson vowing to pit the country against the EU in a race for economic success.After nine months of tortuous talks, a Brexit deal was secured at 1.44pm GMT on Christmas Eve, avoiding a no-deal exit from the transition period with just a week to go. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, OBR, Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen



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