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Asian stocks struggle for direction without more progress on a US-China trade deal

Asian stocks struggle for direction without more progress on a US-China trade deal

Stocks in Asia struggled for direction Wednesday as investors received mixed signals ahead of another round of US tariffs on Chinese goods expected December 15. Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 0.2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index seesawed in early trading. It was last up 0.1%. South Korea’s Kospi also veered between small gains and losses. It…MORE

Pigeons in tiny cowboy hats are a mystery in Las Vegas

Pigeons in tiny cowboy hats are a mystery in Las Vegas

People out West wear cowboy hats all the time. But pigeons? Las Vegas residents spotted two of the birds around town in tiny cowboy hats this week. No one seems to know how the birds got the hats, but it worries a local bird rescue group. Mariah Hillman, co-founder of Lofty Hopes, a pigeon rescue,…MORE

Impeachment is coming. Who will pay the price?

Impeachment is coming. Who will pay the price?

The die is cast: Democrats have unveiled the charges on which they plan to impeach Donald Trump next week. But don’t hold your breath for the President to be kicked out of office — the trial in the Republican-led Senate is just as likely to acquit him. The question now is how this all plays…MORE

More women are accusing Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct

More women are accusing Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct

Seven more women have come forward with allegations of unwanted touching against actor Cuba Gooding Jr., court documents show. The Oscar-winning actor pleaded not guilty and denied all wrongdoing in October to charges of forcible touching and sex abuse stemming from three alleged incidents involving three separate accusers that took place in 2018 and 2019…MORE

Trump to sign order to interpret Judaism as a nationality

Trump to sign order to interpret Judaism as a nationality

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday to interpret Judaism as a nationality and not just a religion, a move that the Trump administration believes will fight what they perceive as anti-Semitism on college campuses, a White House official said. The impending order was first reported by The New York Times. It’s…MORE

Fact-checking Bill Barr’s comments on the Russia investigation IG report

Fact-checking Bill Barr’s comments on the Russia investigation IG report

During an interview Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr spoke on MSNBC at length about the Justice Department inspector general’s report into the FBI’s Russia investigation. Here’s a look at several claims Barr made over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants into Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, as well as allegations Barr made of…MORE

11 Chinese migrants were found hiding inside furniture and appliances

11 Chinese migrants were found hiding inside furniture and appliances

Several Chinese migrants trying to enter the US from Mexico were hiding in a washer, a dresser and other furniture, federal authorities said. Border agents searched a moving truck at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California, on Saturday when they found 11 Chinese migrants hiding inside “various pieces of furniture,” US…MORE

The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street

The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street

The police officer killed Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, was the department’s officer in charge of getting guns off the street, the police chief said. Detective Joseph Seals and three people believed to be civilians died in the course of an hours-long standoff between two suspects and police, Police Chief Michael Kelly said in…MORE

Philip McKeon, former child actor, has died at 55

Philip McKeon, former child actor, has died at 55

Philip McKeon, the former child actor best known for his role on the CBS sitcom “Alice,” died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 55. McKeon died in Texas after a long illness, family spokesman Jeff Ballard said in a news release. He was most recognizable as Tommy Hyatt, the son of the titular character…MORE

Fight over potential impeachment witness shows how slow the courts work

Fight over potential impeachment witness shows how slow the courts work

A hearing in federal court over a potential impeachment witness Tuesday illustrated just how slow the courts can be — hours after House Democrats highlighted the issue. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, had said earlier Tuesday the courts can take months to decide cases about witness testimony, and that’s why the House…MORE

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