• US trade gap narrows as imports fall amid China conflict
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    US trade gap narrows as imports fall amid China conflict

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the gap between what America sells and what it buys abroad dropped 7.6% to $47.2 billion in October. Imports tumbled

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    Black Hawk helicopter missing after takeoff in Minnesota

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Minnesota National Guard says a Black Hawk helicopter is missing after taking off in central Minnesota.Guard Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens says the Guard lost contact with the helicopter shortly after it took off from St. Cloud on Thursday afternoon.Heusdens says the Guard is “working

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    PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers

    Bestselling Books Week Ending 11/30/19HARDCOVER FICTION1\. "The Rise of Magicks" by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's Press)2\. "Criss Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)3\. "The Guardians" by John Grisham (Doubleday)4\. "A Minute to Midnight"

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    USA TODAY Bestsellers

    1\. "The Rise of Magicks" by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's Press)2\. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)3\. "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition" by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell (CCA and B)4\. "Criss Cross&

  • Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin
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    Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

    BOSTON — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis.University officials announced the decision

  • US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast
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    US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.John Rood, defence undersecretary for policy

  • Sneakers star at glamorous parties around Art Basel Miami
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    Sneakers star at glamorous parties around Art Basel Miami

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  • 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Portrait' top AP's 2019 best films list
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    'Once Upon a Time,' 'Portrait' top AP's 2019 best films list

    Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2019.LINDSEY BAHR1\. “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood": Quentin Tarantino’s movie business fairy tale, featuring all-time performances from two of our great living movie stars, and the shadow of

  • Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform
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    Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

    Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system.At least 90 people were arrested in Paris by evening

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    5 people struck by trains within days in Washington state

    SEATTLE — Washington state authorities have confirmed five people in three days have been hit by trains, including three fatally struck.KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that the Puyallup Police Department announced two of the five people hit in western Washington state since Sunday appear to be suicide.Authorities

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    Bosnia must overhaul judiciary, end political obstruction: report

    Bosnia must overhaul its complex and opaque justice system and do more to protect the rule of law if it wants to press its case to join the European Union, legal experts said in an EU-commissioned report on Thursday. There was no immediate comment from the caretaker government, which has been caught

  • House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'
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    House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'

    WASHINGTON — Finger pointing and voice hoarse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday delivered a broadside to a reporter that might well apply to all of impeachment-era Washington: “Don't mess with me."It was a warning scarcely needed among the official set, least of all by President Donald

  • Correction: Capricorn Studio Renaissance story
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    Correction: Capricorn Studio Renaissance story

    ATLANTA — In a story Dec. 3 about Mercer Music at Capricorn, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one of the co-founders of Capricorn Records was Frank Fenton. It should have said his last name was Fenter, not Fenton.A corrected version of the story is below:Iconic Southern rock recording studio

  • Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug
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    Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

    SAN DIEGO — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.Excitement and skepticism

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    'Tired, afraid, fed up': a grenade found in one Madrid social center hits a nerve

    A minors' reception center in Madrid became the focus for clashing views on immigration and social welfare on Thursday, after police defused a grenade found there a day earlier. The row around the center, in the suburb of Hortaleza, crystallises worries over immigration and insecurity which helped

  • UK's Labour accuses BBC of bias in election coverage
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    UK's Labour accuses BBC of bias in election coverage

    Britain's opposition Labour Party wrote to the head of the BBC on Thursday to complain about its coverage of campaigning ahead of next week's election, accusing the publicly-funded broadcaster of bias. Labour’s co-campaign coordinator Andrew Gwynne said they had recorded numerous examples where

  • Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO
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    Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft.The company said it will sell its shares at 32 riyals ($8.53)

  • SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'
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    SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house.The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday goodies

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    Official: Sailor used service weapon to kill at Pearl Harbor

    HONOLULU — A U.S. sailor shot three civilians with his service weapon, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor, just days before thousands descend on the storied military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that propelled the United States into World War

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    Peru and U.S. close to signing deal to counter Chinese influence in region: diplomat

    Peru and Washington are in the final stages of talks on a deal to promote American investments in the South American country as part of a U.S. initiative to counter Chinese influence in the region, a Peruvian diplomat told Reuters. The United States launched its "Growth in the Americas" initiative

  • Democrats take big new step toward impeaching Trump
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    Democrats take big new step toward impeaching Trump

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.‘’Our democracy is what is at stake," Pelosi said somberly. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.”Pelosi delivered the historic announcement

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    U.S. military could add troops to Middle East, but struggles to explain plans

    The United States military struggled on Thursday to explain its plans for potential increases in U.S. forces in the Middle East amid concerns Iran could carry out further aggressive actions in the region. U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters the United States was considering

  • Merkel to give Auschwitz 60 million euros from Germany during first visit
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    Merkel to give Auschwitz 60 million euros from Germany during first visit

    Angela Merkel will make her first visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial on Friday after 14 years as German chancellor, bringing a 60 million euro donation to help conserve the site where the Nazis ran their largest death camp, the museum said. Merkel has not shied away from admitting Germany'

  • Chamillionaire wants to add diversity to tech space
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    Chamillionaire wants to add diversity to tech space

    When Grammy award-winning rapper Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki began learning the ropes of venture capitalism in the tech space, he noticed something almost immediately— he wasn’t seeing many people who looked like him.When he began to fund ventures himself, the heads of startups that were brought to

  • Ethiopia PM should talk to media when collecting Peace Prize: Nobel committee
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    Ethiopia PM should talk to media when collecting Peace Prize: Nobel committee

    OSLO/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will not talk to the news media when he is in Oslo next week to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, drawing rare criticism from the award committee, which says a free and independent press is vital. The Ethiopian leader won the prize in October