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Life expectancy declines in the U.S.

This Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows a room inside a funeral home in Saginaw, Mich. According to a study by the government released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, life expectancy in the United States has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years. (Katy Kildee/The Saginaw News - via AP) In most years since World War II, rates have inched up, thanks to medical advances, among improvements.

Traded insults before, now pleasantries

Donald Trump and Barack Obama (Getty Images) The president-elect and the president are striking a tone many did not expect just a few months ago.

Fast-food exec to be named to Labor Dept. post

Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. (Reuters) Sources say Trump will nominate Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's chains.

Union leader won't back down on Trump

Donald Trump (Gerry Broome/AP) Chuck Jones says he started getting threats after Donald Trump slammed him on Twitter.

Youth vaping a public health threat

Surgeon general says youth vaping is a public health threat. (Getty Images) The U.S. surgeon general said in a new report that e-cigarettes are not harmless and too many teenagers are using them.

D.C. pizzeria gunman speaks out

Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Edgar Maddison Welch, who has admitted to opening fire inside Comet Ping Pong, says he "just wanted to do some good."

What’s Trump’s agenda? Newt has some ideas

Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich (Getty Images) “The first challenge in governing is to not blow up,” says former House speaker Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump’s closest allies.

Recount ends, sealing Trump's Michigan win

Federal judge halts recount, sealing Trump's Michigan win. (D. Ross Cameron/AP) A judge affirms a state court ruling that Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to seek another look at ballots.

Juveniles charged in deadly Tenn. wildfire

Juveniles charged in deadly Tennessee wildfire. (Tennessee Highway Patrol/Handout via REUTERS) Two juveniles face aggravated arson charges in connection with the blaze that killed 14 people, authorities say.

Raging Oakland fire trapped victims in smoke

The burned Oakland warehouse. (AP) Victims of the deadly blaze were "consumed by smoke" before they could exit the building, according to the ATF.

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Trump embroiled in feud with Indiana labor boss - Politico


Trump embroiled in feud with Indiana labor boss
President-elect Donald Trump has touched off his latest feud, sparring with a labor boss in Indianapolis as he attempts to demonstrate to the American public how his deal-making prowess saved jobs of union members. The fight escalated Wednesday night ...
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US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase - USA TODAY


US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to ...
US life expectancy declines for first time in 20 years BBC News
US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993 Washington Post
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Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA - Washington Post

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Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA
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President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama's climate change and ...
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Trump taps fossil fuel ally as environment chief

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who was tapped by US President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, drew outrage from Trump opponents President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday announced fossil fuel industry ally Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, as his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, signalling America's commitment to battle climate change could be in jeopardy. It was Trump's latest step to fill out his all-important cabinet in the weeks before the maverick billionaire takes the helm of the planet's largest economy, with observers worldwide on tenterhooks over how he will conduct policy on climate, national security, trade and immigration. The Republican's victory shocked the US establishment and alarmed many who are waiting to see if the political novice follows through on a slew of threats to tear up free trade agreements, abandon treaties and punish American companies that offshore jobs.

Airlines call for alternative to 'useless' U.N. security database

Airlines said on Thursday a U.N. warning mechanism designed to avoid a repeat of the 2014 downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine is "useless" and called for urgent new ways of detecting dangers to aircraft posed by war zones. A new system should also contain information on other security threats and not just conflict zones, according to officials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), representing some 265 airlines. A conflict zones repository launched in April last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was meant for states to provide information on potential risks around the world so that airlines could avoid those regions.

Israeli bill to legalise settler homes 'unequivocally illegal': UN

All Israeli settlements are viewed as illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace efforts as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state The UN human rights chief on Thursday slammed a bill in Israel that would legalise some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, saying it would clearly violate international law. Israeli lawmakers voted Wednesday to advance the bill, which would retroactively legalise settler homes built on private Palestinian land. "I strongly urge lawmakers to reconsider their support for this bill, which if enacted, would have far-reaching consequences and would seriously damage the reputation of Israel around the world," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

Four demonstrators killed in clashes with police in Cameroon

By Sylvain Andzongo YAOUNDE (Reuters) - At least four people were killed when police in Cameroon fired on demonstrators in one of the Central African nation's minority anglophone regions, the scene of sometimes violent protests over the past month, police sources said. A Reuters reporter saw the police open fire on the crowd, which had continued to grow in numbers despite police attempts to disperse it with teargas. One officer said the police had acted in self-defence.

Brexit dominates UK politics, from Supreme Court to Commons

Gina Miller, who won a High Court ruling forcing the British government to seek Parliamentary approval before leaving the European Union, leaves after the fourth day of legal argument at The Supreme Court in London, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Inside the Supreme Court building, lawyers and judges on Thursday wrapped up four days of hearings about who has the power to trigger the EU exit _ lawmakers or the government. In the nearby House of Commons, on the other side of Parliament Square, British legislators have been debating when that should happen and how it should unfold. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON (AP) — The drama of Britain's exit from the European Union was being acted out this week on two of London's grandest stages: the Supreme Court and the House of Commons chamber. The plot is gripping, but the ending is still a mystery.

UK Supreme Court to decide Brexit trigger case as quickly as possible

By Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court will decide as quickly as possible whether Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger Britain's exit from the European Union by the end of March without parliament's assent, its president said on Thursday. Last month, the High Court decided that May could not invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU's exit clause, using executive powers known as the "royal prerogative". "We are not being asked to overturn the result of the EU referendum," Supreme Court President David Neuberger said at the end of a four-day appeal in which the government sought to overturn the High Court ruling.

IOC president Bach wants life bans for proven Russian cheats

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, from Germany speaks during a press conference after the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who are proven to have been part of a doping "manipulation system" should be banned for life from the Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday.

Frustrated relatives of missing Flight MH370 passengers scour beach for clues

Relatives of some passengers examine a debris suspected to be from a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, that went missing more than two years ago at the Sainte Marie island in the Analanjirofo Region of Madagascar By Aislinn Laing ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Grieving and frustrated relatives of passengers still missing more than two years after their Malaysia Airlines flight vanished are scouring the east African coast for possible evidence that might help unlock the mystery of their fate. Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, sparking a search in the southern Indian Ocean that passed its 1,000th day last Saturday. Relatives of the missing passengers are deeply unhappy and angry over the lack of progress made by official investigations.

Civil rights activist to be first Canadian woman on bill

Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond was posthumously pardoned in 2010 for her 1946 crime of refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theater in New Glasgow, for which she was jailed and fined Civil rights activist Viola Desmond, often described as "Canada's Rosa Parks," has been chosen to be the first Canadian woman to appear on a bank note, officials announced Thursday. Desmond's portrait will appear on Canada's 10-dollar bill starting in 2018, replacing the nation's first prime minister John A. Macdonald. Desmond, who died in 1965, was a business woman and beautician who challenged racial segregation at a Nova Scotia movie theater in 1946.

Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" by supplying bombs.

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European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi poses at the beginning of a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will pour another half-trillion euros ($579 billion) in newly printed money into the eurozone economy to support its recovery as the currency union heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

ECB to start buying fewer bonds in next stimulus step

The European Central Bank plans to decrease the pace of bond-buying to 60 billion euros ($65 billion) per month from the 80 billion it was spending The European Central Bank on Thursday extended its mass bond-buying programme to underpin a eurozone economy rattled by political uncertainties, but surprised markets by slowing the pace of its asset purchases. Sluggish growth, below-target inflation, the election of Donald Trump, and the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prompted most observers to predict quantitative easing would be extended beyond its March 2017 expiry date. European stock markets rose on Draghi's signal that the euro area's fragile economy could count on the bank's continued support, with bonds also firming.

European stocks rise as ECB extends helping hand

European bonds firmed on the prospect of further ECB asset purchases, while the euro slipped against the dollar in very volatile trading European stock markets rose Thursday after the European Central Bank extended its massive bond-buying programme, signalling that the eurozone's fragile economy can count on its continued support. European bonds also firmed on the prospect of further ECB asset purchases, while the euro slipped against the dollar in very volatile trading. The ECB's announcement that it will scale down the size of its purchases starting in April wrong-footed markets, but investors quickly snapped out of their surprise.

Namibia's economic growth to slow sharply in 2016 - IMF

Worker prepares diamonds at the LLD Diamond polishing factory, Africa's biggest cutting and ... Namibia's economy growth will slow to 1.6 percent this year from more than 5 percent in 2015 after a contraction in the mining sector and reduced government spending, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. The IMF said growth would then pick up in following years, but warned that Namibia needed to further reduce its budget deficit, saying it saw public debt increasing to above 60 percent by 2021. Namibia's central bank expects the economy to grow at a slower pace of 2.5 percent in 2016 compared with 5.3 percent last year, due to drought and a contraction in sectors like diamond mining.

European Parliament committee says reject EU-Canada trade deal

Demonstrators protest against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA, a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement, outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels An EU-Canada free trade deal will destroy jobs in Europe and should be rejected, a committee of the European Parliament concluded on Thursday. The European Union and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October, but only after hesitation in Austria other countries and opposition from a region of Belgium.and CETA needs backing from the European Parliament and that vote is expected in February. The employment committee voted 27-24 for a motion saying the 751-seat parliament should not give its approval to the deal, saying studies showed it could lead to 204,000 EU job losses.

U.S. jobless claims drop from five-month high

A sign seeking workers is seen at an Ulta store in Westminster The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell from a five-month high last week, pointing to labor strength that underscores the economy's sustained momentum. A tight labor market together with signs of a strengthening economy and steadily rising inflation will likely push the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next week. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended Dec. 3, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe halves 2016 growth forecast, budget deficit widens

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa delivers his mid-term monetary policy review at parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's economy will grow by 0.6 percent in 2016, half the previous forecast, but will recover next year, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a budget speech on Thursday. Chinamasa said the budget deficit for the 2017 fiscal year was estimated at $400 million, equivalent to 3 percent of GDP, up from 1.1 percent in this year. The southern African nation is grappling with a devastating drought that has left more than 4 million people facing hunger, while the worst financial crisis in seven years has fuelled some of the biggest anti-government protests in a decade. ...

ECB makes little change to growth and inflation forecasts

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank left its economic growth and inflation forecasts largely unchanged on Thursday, predicting that price growth would raise slowly but again miss its target of close to 2 percent in 2019.

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Lululemon sales impress as shares jump 16% - USA TODAY


Lululemon sales impress as shares jump 16%
Lululemon shares were up about 16% Thursday after the exercise clothing retailer's better-than expected sales report for the third quarter. The Vancouver-based company on Wednesday reported higher than expected sales during the August-October period ...
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Portland, Ore. will levy first-of-its-kind CEO tax - The Hill

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Portland, Ore. will levy first-of-its-kind CEO tax
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Portland, Ore. will be come the first jurisdiction in the United States to levy a new tax on companies if their chief executives make much more than their average workers following a city council vote on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT. The new law, which ...
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Donald Trump To Choose Fast-Food CEO To Be His Labor Secretary - Huffington Post

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Donald Trump To Choose Fast-Food CEO To Be His Labor Secretary
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The man who's helmed Hardee's and Carl's Jr. could become the nation's top workplace watchdog. Best of luck, Fight for $15. 12/08/2016 11:55 am ET | Updated 0 minutes ago. Dave Jamieson Labor Reporter, The Huffington Post. Fred Prouser / Reuters ...
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US Jobless Claims Down Again - Looks Good But We Might Want It To Be Higher In Reality - Forbes

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US Jobless Claims Down Again - Looks Good But We Might Want It To Be Higher In Reality
The weekly US jobless claims numbers are out for this week just gone. They're down again which is not a bad sign for the US economy. But it's not as good a sign as some seem to think. It's possible, in certain circumstances, that we'd really like to ...
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NFL player's New Jersey home vandalized with racist taunts: police

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - An National Football League player's northern New Jersey home was vandalized with a swastika and other racist taunts scrawled on the inside walls during a break-in this week, according to police and photos that the player posted online. The break-in happened on Tuesday night while Nikita Whitlock, a fullback with the New York Giants, and his family were not at home, police in the borough of Moonachie said. Photos that Whitlock posted on Instagram showed a broken window, a swastika and a racial epithet for black Americans.

Golf: Moving ball rule changed in wake of Johnson controversy

Golf - WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Tournament Golf's governing bodies have introduced a new local rule to eliminate the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the green, the scenario that overshadowed Dustin Johnson's maiden major victory at this year's U.S. Open. Johnson played the closing holes of his final round at Oakmont not knowing whether he would be given a stroke penalty after the ball moved fractionally on the marble-slick fifth green when he grounded his putter next to it. Although he was later docked a shot, it made no difference to the outcome of the tournament, sparing the United States Golf Association (USGA) the embarrassment of denying him the title on a technicality.

Golf-European Tour Hong Kong Open scores

Dec 8 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Hong Kong Open at the par-70 course on Thursday in Hong Kong -6 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 64 -5 Sebastien Gros (France) 65 -4 Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 66 Peter Uihlein (U.S.) 66 Benjamin Hebert (France) 66 Sam Brazel (Australia) 66 Paul Peterson (U.S.) 66 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 66 Ignacio Elvira (Spain) 66 Jordan Smith (Britain) 66 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 66 David Lipsky (U.S. ...

NBA: James's Cavs silence Knicks, Warriors clobber Clippers

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers points to his eye after he was hit in the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden LeBron James let his game do the talking as his NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers humbled the New York Knicks 126-94 at Madison Square Garden. While the Cavs were dismantling the Knicks, Western Conference powerhouse Golden State were producing another dominant win of their own, routing the Clippers 115-98 in Los Angeles.

New golf Asian Tour CEO praises Europe deal

Josh Burack, new CEO of the Asian Tour golf organisation, poses for a photo in Hong Kong, on December 7, 2016 The Asian Tour's strategic tie-up with the European Tour is a "great option" which will create more tournaments and opportunities for regional golfers, the body's new CEO told AFP. Josh Burack said the "strategic alliance", adopted after Asian players baulked at a proposed merger with the bigger tour, wasn't a second-best move for Asia. The agreement was struck in July after Burack's predecessor Mike Kerr, who had backed a full merger of playing memberships and business interests, stepped down last December amid deep divisions over the move.

Yankees agree deal with Chapman: MLB

MLB: World Series-Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians (Reuters) - The New York Yankees have reached an agreement for the return of hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, Major League Baseball reported on its website on Wednesday. Five months after trading the left-handed closer to the Chicago Cubs, the Yankees will bring him back with a five-year, $68 million free agent deal, the most lucrative for a reliever in baseball history. The 28-year-old is coming off a roller coaster World Series triumph in which he blew a save chance in the deciding Game Seven but ultimately got the win as the Cubs rallied to overcome Cleveland.

Antetokounmpo triple-double fuels Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-107 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers It wasn't always pretty, but Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-107 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 27 points, 10 of them in the third quarter as Milwaukee erased a seven-point halftime deficit. After connecting on just three of 11 from three-point range in the first half, Milwaukee hit six from beyond the arc in the third.

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