2018-12-14

Headlines:

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

US school shooting thwarted after phone tip – (BBC News)
“Someone knew something, and they said something,” an official says about a tipster who alerted police.

7-year-old migrant girl held at US border dies in custody – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 7-year-old girl picked up with her father and dozens of other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration custody and later died, federal officials said. An autopsy was…

Wall Street drops on global growth fears; J&J tumbles on Reuters report – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as weak economic data from China and Europe rekindled fears of slowing global growth, with Johnson & Johnson leading the losses after Reuters reported the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder.

Ousted Nissan boss’ daughter takes documents, cash from apartment – (Reuters)
The daughter of ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn early on Friday retrieved documents and cash from a corporate apartment in Rio de Janeiro, capping a legal battle over the items, which the carmaker maintains may contain evidence of wrongdoing.

N.Y. Fed’s U.S. fourth-quarter GDP growth holds near 2.4 percent – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy is growing at a 2.42 percent pace in the fourth quarter as stronger-than-expected November data on industrial output offset the steepest drop in import prices in over three years last month, the New York Federal Reserve’s Nowcast model showed…

Atlanta Fed raises U.S. fourth-quarter GDP growth view to 3 percent – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy is expanding at a 3.0 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter based on steady retail sales growth and stronger-than-forecast industrial output in November, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Friday.

Global growth worry hits stocks, but dollar gains on U.S. data – (Reuters)
A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe exacerbated worries about global growth as investors considered the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China.

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year – (Associated Press)
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday. Kyl’s decision means the Republican governor will need to appoint another replac…

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with hi…

‘Young miracle:’ Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — They call her the “young miracle.” A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth has now recovered from the virus. Congo’s health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world’s sec…

Germany’s Altmaier sees no disorderly Brexit, hopeful on U.S. trade ties – (Reuters)
Germany’s economy minister does not expect a disorderly Brexit and believes the danger of a major trade conflict between the European Union and the United States is not yet over but has also not grown, he told Reuters on Friday.

US student stabbed to death in Dutch city – (BBC News)
A young American who came to Europe after a family tragedy is stabbed to death in her student complex.

Euro zone takes step to deeper integration, key issues unresolved – (Reuters)
European Union leaders took a step toward deeper euro zone integration on Friday to help prevent future crises, but deep disagreement over some key elements of the plan left issues like a euro zone budget or a deposit guarantee mechanism unresolved.

U.S. consumer spending strengthening in boost to economy – (Reuters)
U.S. consumer spending gathered momentum in November as households bought furniture, electronics and a range of other goods, which could further allay fears of a significant slowdown in the American economy even as the outlook overseas continued to darken.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East …

GM to begin U.S. layoff notices as it offers job transfers – (Reuters)
General Motors Co on Friday said it is beginning to send formal notices to U.S. government agencies of its plan to close auto plants and cut thousands of jobs as it shrinks passenger car production in North America.

UK’s May sticks to her Brexit plan despite rebuff from EU – (Associated Press)
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Friday that her Brexit deal was still alive and kicking, despite a stinging rebuff from the European Union after she asked for changes to make the agreement more palatable to U.K. lawmakers. May came…

AP PHOTOS: Urgency of climate talks seen in coal plants, ice – (Associated Press)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water. The fossil fuels extracted from be…

Sri Lanka’s disputed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down – (Al Jazeera English)
The strongman leader’s decision to quit signals an end to a crippling seven-week long power struggle in the country.

May: Still work to do on Brexit deal – (BBC News)
PM says “further clarification” to reassure MPs is possible after EU leaders rule out renegotiation.

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From various sources

Faint hopes of ending the war in Yemen – (The Economist)
But a peace deal is still some way off

Johnson & Johnson tumbles after report says it knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos (JNJ) – (Business Insider)
Johnson & Johnson tumbles after report says it knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos (JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson tumbles after report says it knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos (JNJ) – (Business Insider (UK))
Johnson & Johnson tumbles after report says it knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos (JNJ)

No More Heroes – Travis and Badman Cooperative Combat Gameplay – IGN.com – (IGN)
Travis Touchdown and Bad Man join forces in this gameplay showing off the drop in/drop out coop of No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again.

Shakira Is Being Charged With Tax Evasion In Spain – (Buzzfeed)
The singer is being asked to pay $16.3 million.

American student living in the Netherlands stabbed to death in apartment, police say – (Fox News)
An American psychology student and musician living in the Netherlands was stabbed to death in her apartment, police said Friday.

Ryan Reynolds hilariously reveals the very real secret process behind his gin – (Mashable)
It’s uh … not anything you’d think.

US school shooting thwarted after phone tip – (BBC News)
“Someone knew something, and they said something,” an official says about a tipster who alerted police.

What to stream this weekend: “Roma,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and more – (CBS News)
TV Guide editor Krutika Mallikarjuna joins CBSN to talk about the best shows to stream this weekend, including “Champaign Ill,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” “Roma,” and more.

Sondra Locke: toxic relationship with Clint Eastwood defined talented actor – (The Irish Times)
Locke, an excellent performer and serious-minded director, became trapped by her involvement with Eastwood and bitter legal disputes

Fireworks v family frolics: a tale of two royal Christmas cards – (The Guardian (UK))
The two young couples of Windsor take different approaches, as fears rise for Corbyn’s cat

Pro-Brexit protestors block Westminster Bridge in London – (Daily Mail)
Campaigners chanting ‘Brexit now’ stopped cars from crossing both bridges today as Prime Minister Theresa May holds crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels.

We need to get back to respect – Lampard alarmed by hate in football – (FourFourTwo)
After a week of headlines concerning racism and his former club Chelsea, Frank Lampard has called for a concerted effort to banish hate.

Ms. Marvel is getting a new comic with a new creative team in 2019 – (Entertainment Weekly)
Writer Saladin Ahmed will step in for G. Willow Wilson. EW spoke with them and editor Sana Amanat about the character’s journey so far.

Titans Season 1, Episode 10: “Koriand’r” Review – IGN – (IGN)
Titans provides a winning blend of story and superhero horror as the end of Season 1 draws closer.

7-year-old migrant girl held at US border dies in custody – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 7-year-old girl picked up with her father and dozens of other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration custody and later died, federal officials said. An autopsy was…

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “A Midwinter’s Tale” Holiday Special Review – IGN – (IGN)
Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina offers us a holiday special that’s missing the magic of Season 1.

CNN Poll: Looking to 2020, Beto O’Rourke on the horizon – (CNN)
As candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 begin to declare their intentions, a handful of potential candidates hold on to most of the early support, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is …

Baby mauled by his parents’ Staffordshire Bull Terrier has died – (Daily Mail)
Reuben McNulty was just one month old when he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday November 18 in Peterborough and has died almost four weeks later.

Wall Street drops on global growth fears; J&J tumbles on Reuters report – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as weak economic data from China and Europe rekindled fears of slowing global growth, with Johnson & Johnson leading the losses after Reuters reported the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder.

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All about Trump

Pro Rata Podcast: Trump’s hush-money headache – (Axios)
“The walls are clearly closing in on the President.”

The Weekly Standard is closing after 23 years – (Axios)
The conservative magazine hasn’t been shy about criticizing President Trump.

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with hi…

The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years – (Google News)
The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, Clarity Media Group, the owner of its publisher announced Friday morning. It will publish i…

Chris Christie Reportedly Meets Trump To Talk Chief Of Staff Job – (The Huffington Post)
The president met with his former primary opponent to discuss taking on a White House role.

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’ – (The American Conservative)
Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Former FEC commissioners: Trump-Cohen ‘hush’ payments not necessarily a violation – (Fox News)
Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and subsequent sentencing for campaign-finance violations and other crimes revived speculation about President Trump’s potential legal exposure — but some former Federal Election Commission members say neither of them necessarily …

The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years – (CNN)
The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, Clarity Media Group, the owner of its publisher announced Friday morning.

Michael Cohen didn’t tell the whole truth about the hush payments in ‘GMA’ interview – (Google News)
It should come as a surprise to precisely no one that what Michael Cohen said Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about Trump and the now-famous 2016 hush-money payments was so inaccurate that you have to wonder if he’s still lying.

George Conway rips Giuliani for calling alleged campaign finance violations ‘not a big crime’ – (The Hill)
Frequent Trump critic George Conway ripped the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday for saying alleged violations of campaign finance law were not a “big crime” because nobody was killed or robbed.

Dems demand probe into death of 7-year-old in DHS custody – (The Hill)
Democrats are ripping the Trump administration over the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody earlier this month.

Trump is listening to right-wingers who think a shutdown would be totally awesome – (Vice News)
The president’s steady intake of conservative media and right-wing advice is making a shutdown more likely.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East …

President Trump admits hiring Michael Cohen was a mistake – (Fox News)
President denies wrongdoing after his former personal attorney is sentenced to 3 years in prison; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong – Cohen – (RTE)
US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, according to his former lawyer.

Trump offers new alternative facts to explain his problems, but … – (Google News)
President Donald Trump sought the open arms of Twitter and Fox News to creatively explain away inconvenient facts about his legal peril and his promised border wall before GOP senators dragged him back to reality with a rebuke from his own party for ignoring …

Donald Trump directed me to pay hush money, says Michael Cohen – live – (The Guardian (AU))
Former lawyer says president knew payments were wrong as Trump re-election campaign hires a top RNC official

Trump knew hush payments were wrong, Cohen says – (ABC News (AU))
Mr Cohen, who was sentenced to prison this week over campaign finance and other charges, says he gave loyalty to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty.

‘He directed me to make the payments’: Cohen says Trump’s denials aren’t believable | CBC News – (CBC News)
Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer says buying the silence of two women because of their alleged affairs was directly tied to his prospects in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump knew hush payments were wrong, Cohen says – (Google News (Australia))
Mr Cohen, who was sentenced to prison this week over campaign finance and other charges, says he gave loyalty to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty.

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