U.S. adds 200 military personnel to Syria anti-IS campaign - Carter
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:41:52 -0500
MANAMA (Reuters) - The United States is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help the campaign to drive the Islamic State militant group from Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary csaid on Saturday. Speaking in Bahrain at the Manama Dialogue conference on Middle East security, Carter said the 200, including special forces trainers, advisers and explosive ordnance disposal teams, would join 300 U.S. special forces already in Syria. ...
Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:37:27 -0500
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show.
Senate passes funding bill, Obama signs into law
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:32:16 -0500
By Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and President Barack Obama promptly signed it into law, after Democrats who had sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal miners stopped delaying action on the measure. Many government services and operations would have been closed or suspended at midnight, when current funding authority expired, if the Senate had not approved the bill. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Thursday.
US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:28:38 -0500
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.
The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:17:08 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):
Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:16:51 -0500
With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised ...
Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:15:51 -0500
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.
Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:15:20 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.
After impeachment, South Korea prime minister urges calm, vigilance
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:14:53 -0500
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prime minister sought to calm anxiety over national security and to reassure financial markets on Saturday, a day after parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, making him acting leader. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who assumed presidential authority late on Friday after the overwhelming impeachment vote, and with more protests against Park due later on Saturday, called on authorities to ensure that rallies are peaceful. "So far, financial and foreign exchange markets have been relatively stable and there are no signs of unusual movements by the North, but all public servants should bear vigilance in mind as they conduct their duties," Hwang told a meeting.
Westbrook's seventh straight triple-double not enough for Thunder
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:13:33 -0500
Russell Westbrook inscribed his name alongside that of NBA icon Michael Jordan with a seventh straight triple-double on Friday, but the Houston Rockets spoiled the moment with a 102-99 victory over his Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook scored 27 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists for the Thunder to become the first player since Jordan in 1989 to post triple-doubles in seven straight games. It was his 12th triple-double of the season and the 49th of his career.