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Australia's Economy Grew at Slower-Than-Expected Pace in 3Q

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The Australian economy grew 0.6 per cent in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms in the September quarter 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. Non-dwelling construction added 0.9 percentage points to growth during the quarter, more than offsetting a 0.1 percentage point decline from residential building. Lire la suite »

John McCain Lost Thousands of Twitter Followers This Week Over Tax Reform

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Just over one day after McCain's initial tweet about needing only 74 followers to reach 3 million, the senator's account is now almost 20,000 followers away from that same goal. Twitter automatically rounds up high-profile users' follower counts, so McCain's account now shows 2.98 million followers, but the actual count at any given moment (currently 2,980,243) is revealed by hovering a mouse over the number. Lire la suite »

Former ACA Reporter Ben McCormack Avoids Jail Term Over Child Porn

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In September, the 43-year-old reporter pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to promote child pornography, after raids of both his work and home in April. The statement of facts also asserts that McCormack engaged in online conversations under the name 'Oz4skinboi' with boys between the ages of seven and twelve. Lire la suite »

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: Can't touch this

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Bradford, look, I'm a heterosexual". "Look, I'm a heterosexual". I have a wife. I have a wife, I love my wife, I don't like men as you might but stop touching me all the time. In 2013, he invoked a legislative rule to keep openly gay Democratic Rep. Brian Sims from talking about the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling ― because Sims' words would have been "an open rebellion against Almighty God and God's word". Lire la suite »

Spotify releases '2017 Wrapped' which breaks down your year in music

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Ed Sheeran was the platform's most streamed artist globally in 2017 with 47 million monthly listeners, while his latest album, ÷, was played 3.1 billion times. It also has a playlist of your top 100 songs and another playlist of songs that you may have missed. 32,658 minutes of music amounts to 22 days straight! They also released a number of stats about their artists. Lire la suite »

Jerusalem Is 'Red Line' for Muslims: Turkey's Erdogan

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This was stated by the Turkish President Recep Erdogan at a meeting. "Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims", Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. Though his tone was the most strident, Erdogan was not the only world leader to urge Trump to reconsider his plans for Jerusalem. On Monday, the Trump administration announced that a decision had yet to be reached on whether or not to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to ... Lire la suite »

Polls close! Atlanta chooses 60th mayor in history

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Georgia utilizes a majority rule with a runoff voting system, which means that if no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote in the general election, a final race between the top two candidates decides the victor. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms . Seventh place finisher Kwanza Hall , also a former Council member, has endorsed Bottoms. Lire la suite »

Ex-officers in Damian Green porn claims 'could face charges'

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the duty of confidentiality undertaken by officers continued after they left their posts. That is completely untrue. Quick, who oversaw a raid on Green's Westminster office in 2008, claimed in early November that there was a "vast amount" of pornography on the MP's personal computer. Lire la suite »

2 students wounded in shooting at Graham-Kapowsin High School

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The victims ran to the high school after being shot. One of the victims was found in a parking lot by the school football field and a second was found in a locker room, according to a tweet from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Multiple officers responded from multiple agencies, Troyer said, and no one other than the two students were hurt. The high school is located at 22100 108th Ave E.in Graham. Lire la suite »

Top Democrats in Congress accept Trump offer to meet on year-end priorities

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At a news conference last Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that if Democrats vote against the temporary spending bill because they have not won their demands, "then they will have chosen to shut the government down". A destructive shutdown could raise doubts in the minds of voters about GOP stewardship of Congress and steal positive attention from tax reform, which still has significant hurdles left before Republican leaders hope to send to the President by Christmas. Lire la suite »

Atkins: President Trump isn't above law of the land

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The detail heightened scrutiny on a private Oval Office meeting between Trump and Comey the day after Flynn was sacked. "President [Bill] Clinton was impeached for obstructing justice by telling witnesses to lie". They really are getting desperate. And that's the forum where Trump's alleged misconduct will have to be judged first. In 1977, three years after resigning amid scandal, former President Richard Nixon made a startling assertion in an interview with British journalist David ... Lire la suite »

Minnesota officials forecast $188 million budget deficit

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But the state supreme court last month sided with Dayton, noting the legislature has access to funding to keep operating until February. The deficits are based on a reduced USA economic growth forecast and the impact of legislation passed during the controversial 2017 session, says the November forecast issued by Minnesota Management and Budget. Lire la suite »

Texans' Bruce Ellington (hamstring) expected to miss Week 14

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He had 29 receptions, 330-yards and two touchdowns. The tight end spent eight games on injured reserve earlier this season after suffering a concussion in the Texans' season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars . Fiedorowicz on the shelf may mean more targets for tight end Stephen Anderson, who had a career game on Sunday to the tune of five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Lire la suite »

Need To Get Help But Can't Call 911? Now You Can Text

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Dispatchers have had extensive training on the new text system. "Text-to-911 will help people with hearing loss who at times in the past have depended on friends, family members and even occasionally strangers to get in touch with 911 dispatch for them", said Sittner-Anderson, using sign language. Lire la suite »

Lubaina Himid awarded Britain's Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

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Himid, 63, a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire, is known for her theatrical, witty and challenging artworks that address colonial history, racism and institutional invisibility. She is also the first black woman to win the award. The prize is famous for launching the careers of Damien Hirst and other members of the "Young British Artists" generation. Lire la suite »

Heartbreak as cop and 91-year-old killed in crash

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The crash happened on the A4 Bath Road in the village of Wargrave-on-Thames, Berkshire, reports the Mirror , and took place soon after lunchtime. PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police headquarters, close Reading. The driver of the auto carrying the woman on the A4 has been rushed to hospital, with her injuries not thought to be life threatening. "My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very hard time". Lire la suite »

Senate confirms new DHS chief

The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS. Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Ten Democrats joined in the vote to confirm Nielsen on December 5, with no Republicans voting against. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Lire la suite »

Ireland hammered by Afghanistan in ODI opener in Sharjah

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The 16-year-old announced his arrival on the global stage in style with a haul of four for 24 to pave the way for a comprehensive victory after the Afghans had set William Porterfield's men 239 to chase. Later Rashid Khan stroked a run-a-ball 48 with four hits to the ropes and one which sailed over it. Shafiqullah played a cameo, hitting 36 from 23 balls which had three sixes and an equal number of fours to guide Afghanistan to 238 for 9 in 50 overs. Lire la suite »

Mani Shankar Aiyar slips, refers to Mughal rule for Rahul Gandhi's nomination

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A video clip, of him responding to questions on "dynasty politics" and to the Maharashtra Congress leader Shehzad Poonawala's criticism of Rahul's election, is being widely circulated on social media. "So the Congress accepts it is a family party?" According to Mullapally Ramachandran, chairman of the Central Election Authority, overseeing the election for the post of Congress president, 89 nominations by various state leaders were filed in support of Rahul.Once he takes over as the head of ... Lire la suite »

Judges investigating breach of law after Jon Venables is reportedly identified online

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A High Court injunction prohibits the publication of any images or information claiming to identify or locate the pair- even if it is not actually them. He was first recalled in 2010, following his release in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of James, aged two, in 1993. Last month Venables was recalled to prison again for allegedly possessing indecent images of children on his computer. Lire la suite »

Persian Gulf | UAE, Saudi Arabia forming new group, separate from GCC

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, together with Bahrain and Egypt, accuse Qatar of "sponsoring terrorism" over its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and its traditional closeness to Iran, a rival of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. "It opted for the middle ground and it has benefited Pakistan's relationship with Qatar". Experts warn that the crisis could lead to the demise of the once-powerful GCC. Lire la suite »

Wind Advisory in effect until 7 pm for southeast MI

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Winds will be north northeast from 20 to 35 miles per hour, with localized gusts over 50 miles per hour. Today will be cloudy with a high of 50 degrees and a low of 28 degrees. Computer guidance suggests a pocket of stronger jet stream winds may help produce a period of light snow that could whiten the ground by Saturday morning. Lire la suite »