2018-11-15

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From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

The Latest: France prepared for Brexit no-deal – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says France is getting prepared for a Brexit no-deal scenario even if the government still hopes a Brexit agreement will be reach…

Britons on Twitter: #BrexitShambles, #BrexitChaos – (The New York Times)
After a dramatic morning for the British government, people in the U.K. took to social media to express their concern about the country’s direction.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi killing – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he would seek the death penalty for five men charged with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, while the United States moved to sanction 17 Saudi officials it said …

U.S. judge refuses Russian firm’s bid to dismiss Mueller indictment – (Reuters)
A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company accused by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor.

Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California – (Associated Press)
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies in the ashes of Paradise and surrounding communities. At least 56 people were killed, with 1…

Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California – (Associated Press)
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies in the ashes of Paradise and surrounding communities. At least 56 people were killed, with 1…

British PM May fights to save Brexit deal and her job – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft divorce deal with the European Union was in jeopardy on Thursday after her Brexit secretary and other ministers quit in protest and her own eurosceptic lawmakers called for her to be ousted.

Democratic leader Pelosi vows to become House speaker – (Reuters)
U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi believes she has the votes to retake the speakership of the House of Representatives, she told reporters on Thursday, despite a string of critics within her party who have said they will oppose her bid.

Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak – commander – (Reuters)
The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border position…

Federal judge: Florida is ‘laughing-stock of the world’ – (Associated Press)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. “We have been…

‘Get out’: some Mexico border residents reject migrant arrivals – (Reuters)
Demonized by U.S. President Donald Trump and exhausted after a harrowing journey, members of Central American migrant caravans now face a new threat: open hostility from some Mexicans on the U.S. border.

Troops sift through California wildfire ruins amid fears death toll will rise – (Reuters)
Firefighting crews made progress against the deadliest wildfire in California history on Thursday amid concerns that the death toll of 56 would rise as search teams work their way through the burned-out town of Paradise in the state’s north.

FDA to ban flavored e-cigarettes at U.S. convenience stores – (Reuters)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.

UK’s May battles to save her Brexit deal and her job – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was battling Thursday to save both her Brexit deal and her job, as ministers quit her government and a growing list of lawmakers demanded her ouster over the divorce agreement struck between Britain and the Eur…

UK’s May battles to save her Brexit deal and her job – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was battling Thursday to save both her Brexit deal and her job, as ministers quit her government and a growing list of lawmakers demanded her ouster over the divorce agreement struck between Britain and the Eur…

Exclusive: At U.N. climate talks, Trump team plans sideshow on coal – (Reuters)
The Trump administration plans to set up a side-event promoting fossil fuels at the annual U.N. climate talks next month, repeating a strategy that infuriated global-warming activists during last year’s talks, according to three people with knowledge of the m…

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder case – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the kingdom tries to contain its biggest political crisis for a generation.

Lost Disney film found in Japan – (BBC News)
The short cartoon pre-dates the creation of Mickey Mouse.

U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Icy roads cause 5 deaths as wintry weather blows east – (Associated Press)
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate. The wintry weather moved eastward Thursday, bringing …

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From various sources

Gaza border residents protest ceasefire for third-consecutive day – (The Jerusalem Post)
Residents of the south see the latest ceasefire as fragile and temporary as the previous ones have been.

Jewish state sends Christian envoy to Muslim country – (The Jerusalem Post)
George Deek, a highly acclaimed diplomat, is currently a senior advisor to Director-General Yuval Rotem.

PA police commander suspended for helping Israeli soldiers fix tire – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups ridiculed the Hebron police commander and said the pictures were humiliating for all Palestinians.

U.S. announces sanctions for 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing – (The Jerusalem Post)
“These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.

Fantasy hockey news, lineup, injury tracker – (NHL News)
NHL.com identifies daily fantasy hockey news, lineup and injury trends throughout the 2018-19 season. Follow this page before and after games for waiver wire advice, injury implications and notable production trends.

DOD: US troops at southern border have peaked at 5,900 – (Fox News)
Defense Secretary Mattis says the number could go as high as 7,000 during his visit to Texas; Jennifer Griffin has more details on the operation to address the migrant caravan.

Trump vents frustrations with Russia probe on Twitter – (Fox News)
President calls the Mueller investigation a ‘total mess’ and ‘disgrace’ on social media; John Roberts reports from the White House.

Tom Cruise too short to be ‘Jack Reacher,’ creator says – (Fox News)
The “Jack Reacher” book series will get a television reboot but the author said Tom Cruise will not reprise the role because he’s too short.

How Theresa May’s leadership was engulfed in Brexit crisis – (Financial Times)
MPs rage against prime minister’s EU withdrawal deal but her opponents lack a clear plan

Florida recount: Fury at Broward, Palm Beach, for making rest of state look like ‘laughing stock’ – (Fox News)
As Broward and Palm Beach counties drag the rest of Florida down with them, drowning in a sea of lawsuits and ballot problems, the rest of the state is furious and fed up that their self-inflicted image as an electoral basket case has once again been enforced.

Ford government poised to cut watchdog posts for children, environment: sources | CBC News – (CBC News)
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is poised to eliminate at least two provincial watchdog positions on Thursday as the government of Premier Doug Ford launches its cost-cutting drive, CBC News has learned.

NY Republican: GOP lawmakers to back Pelosi for Speaker if she backs rule reforms – (The Hill)
Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said he and some other Republicans are committed to backing Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker if she agrees to enact a package of rule reforms.

Man yells ‘Heil Hitler’ during ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Baltimore – (The Jerusalem Post)
Audience member says man was escorted out of theater after outburst

Pelosi: I’d win if Speaker vote were held today – (The Hill)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asserted Thursday that she’ll be Speaker next year, the latest show of confidence from the long-time Democratic leader who’s facing the

Apple targets Qualcomm employees with new job listings – (The Verge)
Apple has opened 10 job listings this month for chipmaking positions in San Diego. That’s where Qualcomm is based, and according to the report, Apple has never searched for chip engineers there before. That also suggests that Apple could be opening up another…

Windrush victims classed as criminals in government blunder – (The Guardian (UK))
Tally of wrongful deportations and detained likely to rise after Home Office error

Grassley: McConnell owes me for judicial nominations – (The Hill)
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The Latest: France prepared for Brexit no-deal – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says France is getting prepared for a Brexit no-deal scenario even if the government still hopes a Brexit agreement will be reach…

PG&E has lost half its value this week as shareholders fear utility’s role in California wildfires – (CNBC)
PG&E’s stock has lost more than half of its value as shareholders flee the utility amid concerns that its equipment may be partly responsible for the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

Blumhouse is making eight thriller features for Amazon – (The Verge)
Blumhouse Television, Jason Blum’s acclaimed production company, is planning to produce eight feature-length thrillers for Amazon’s streaming service. Variety reports that the projects will all be “‘elevated’ thrillers or stories with dark themes,” and they’l…

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All about Trump

Trump vents frustrations with Russia probe on Twitter – (Fox News)
President calls the Mueller investigation a ‘total mess’ and ‘disgrace’ on social media; John Roberts reports from the White House.

Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch – (The Wall Street Journal)
Last year’s big tax cut is about to start shrinking. The IRS announced the tax code’s parameters for 2019, implementing a new method for making inflation adjustments that will result in higher tax payments—and government revenue—over time.

U.S. judge refuses Russian firm’s bid to dismiss Mueller indictment – (Reuters)
A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company accused by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor.

The warning signs for Democrats ahead of 2020 – (Axios)
Trump is unpopular, but he still manages to turn out his core supporters.

‘Get out’: some Mexico border residents reject migrant arrivals – (Reuters)
Demonized by U.S. President Donald Trump and exhausted after a harrowing journey, members of Central American migrant caravans now face a new threat: open hostility from some Mexicans on the U.S. border.

Trump Names Mar-A-Lago Member And Handbag Designer As Ambassador – (The Huffington Post)
If confirmed, Lana Marks would bring no prior diplomatic experience to her role as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

White House weighs booting Erdogan foe from U.S. to appease Turkey – (NBC News)
The Trump administration asked federal law enforcement agencies to look into removing a Turkish cleric from the U.S. to ease tensions over Khashoggi killing.

Trump claims Florida voters wore disguises, latest in pattern of conspiracy theories – (USA Today)
Like most claims leveled by President Donald Trump, his allegations of fraud in the high-stakes recount in Florida’s elections started with a tweet.

Exclusive: At U.N. climate talks, Trump team plans sideshow on coal – (Reuters)
The Trump administration plans to set up a side-event promoting fossil fuels at the annual U.N. climate talks next month, repeating a strategy that infuriated global-warming activists during last year’s talks, according to three people with knowledge of the m…

U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing – (Google News (India))
The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump administration sanctions 17 people over Khashoggi killing – (Axios)
They include the Saudi official who oversaw the Istanbul consulate.

U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump administration sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing – (The Hill)
The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudis for their alleged roles in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump’s attorney general once endorsed a ‘time travel’ cryptocurrency – (The Next Web)
Some very strange details have surfaced regarding Donald Trump’s newly appointed acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, and his involvement with a cryptocurrency for time travel. For years, Whitaker sat on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, a m…

Trumps rages about ‘nuts’ Mueller probe – (BBC News)
The US president says the Russia inquiry is a “total mess” and calls investigators “a disgrace”.

Trump blasts Mueller probe a week after installing new acting attorney general – (The Washington Post)
The president called the team of lawyers working for the special counsel “a disgrace to our Nation.”

John Kerry: US ‘cannot afford truculent child president’ – (The Guardian (AU))
Former US secretary of state criticises Trump’s failure to attend Armistice Day ceremony

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet even though North Korea never denuclearized – (Newsweek)
Kim Jong Un hasn’t revealed where his country hides its nuclear weapons.

Under pressure over Russia probe, Donald Trump attacks special counsel Robert Mueller – (USA Today)
Under criticism for picking an acting attorney general with a history of speaking out against Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump attacked the special counsel.

Recode Daily: Who will Facebook fire after a damning New York Times investigation? – (Recode)
Plus: How Facebook’s leaders stalled and stumbled through its year of crisis; Uber launches a loyalty program; a waxwork Trump is on public display in San Francisco.

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