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December 17, 2018 6:15 AM Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD – The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan's state-run Bakhtar news agency, also confirmed 129

December 14, 2018 6:21 PM French President Macron Calls For Calm Ahead of 5th Weekend of Violent 'Yellow Vest' Protests

(PARIS) — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, France’s president on Friday called for calm and the Paris police chief warned that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital. Police chief Michel Delpuech told RTL radio that security services intend to deploy Saturday in the same numbers 89

December 14, 2018 6:03 AM Lakers' Lonzo Ball on defending Rockets: 'You can't touch them'

HOUSTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers found themselves so frustrated by the officiating in the second half of Thursday's 126-111 loss to the Houston Rockets that several players -- LeBron James and Lonzo Ball among them -- purposely held their hands behind their backs on several defensive possessions to make a point to the referees. "Just trying to defend 82

December 13, 2018 11:13 PM McCaskill blasts 'too many embarrassing uncles' in Senate, in final floor speech

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, seen here in September, voiced her complaints on the Senate floor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill criticized the Senate in a grim farewell speech Thursday, calling it "dysfunctional" and filled with “too many embarrassing uncles.” The two-term senator from Missouri delivered a farewell 139

December 13, 2018 2:24 PM Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A consumer advocacy group backed by large American technology companies on Thursday unveiled a U.S. privacy bill that strictly limits collection of biometric and location information and calls for punishment by fines, as Congress weighs nationwide regulation to supersede new California rules. The Washington-based Center for Democracy 136

December 13, 2018 8:33 AM German industry group BDI calls on Britain to pass Brexit deal quickly

BERLIN (Reuters) - German industry association BDI called on Britain to quickly pass an agreement on the country’s exit from the European Union to avert a hard Brexit. “Now it is important that the British government doesn’t lose any more time. We are calling on those in charge in London to achieve a majority as quickly as possible to avert a hard Brexit 73

December 12, 2018 5:52 PM MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes for using homophobic slur to describe Mike Pompeo

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Wednesday for using a homophobic slur when describing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt-boy.” Brzezinski took issue with Pompeo’s recent comments to Fox News regarding Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo 117

December 12, 2018 2:43 AM Broncos, Browns on playoff fringe ahead of matchup

The Denver Broncos were high on quarterback Baker Mayfield long before he was taken first overall in the NFL draft in April. Mayfield, the brash, outspoken Cleveland Browns rookie, visits Denver for a Week 15 showdown with both teams clinging to their slim postseason hopes. The Browns (5-7-1) are having their best season in years and are coming off a 26-20 win over Carolina 112

December 11, 2018 1:24 AM British lawmaker booted from House of Commons after grabbing ceremonial mace in Brexit protest

The fraught debate over British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal devolved into farce Monday when a lawmaker from the opposition Labour party grabbed the House of Commons' ceremonial mace in protest of the postponement of a crucial vote on the agreement. Lloyd Russell-Moyle's action was met with shouts of outrage from the Conservative government 158

December 8, 2018 11:38 AM 'Grinch' principal on leave after attempt to ban Christmas items from school

A school principal caused a commotion in Nebraska by trying to ban some Christmas-related items. (iStock) Some Nebraskans are calling an elementary school principal a Grinch after she issued a memo to school staff that prohibited certain Christmas decorations and other religious symbols. Jennifer Sinclair of Manchester Elementary in Elkhorn, Neb., was placed 97