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New Himachal Pradesh Government Lowers Age Bar For Social Security

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The year also saw the rise of two leaders, BJP's chief minister Jai Ram Thakur and Congress's Rajinder Singh Rana, who defeated Dhumal. A day after Vijay Rupani was sworn in for a second term as Gujarat Chief Minister amidst a great show of power of the BJP, Jai Ram Thakur is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, along with a few MLAs as Cabinet Ministers. Read More »

Alleged British 'drug smuggler' escapes death penalty in Egypt

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Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the United Kingdom but which is banned in Egypt. Plummer's mother Roberta Synclair, who was in court for the hearing, told the BBC: "I'm still in shock after today's verdict". Sinclair said her daughter was being held in awful conditions in a communal cell in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women. Read More »

Drawing for tied House race delayed; Democrats to file challenge

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David Yancey a day after the recount. The Democratic House of Delegates candidate who is now tied with the Republican incumbent for the 94th District in Newport News is challenging the election recount that resulted in a tie . The first name pulled out of the bowl would be declared the victor. Her campaign is not necessarily arguing against the intent of the ballot in question, but instead that it was too late in the process to offer up this challenge. Read More »

Suspect shot, killed woman, two children in Phoenix on Christmas

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The suspect then told police that he'd shot two children inside the home, officers said. After almost six hours, officers spotted the baby dead inside the unit, Howard said. The woman was found dead outside of the apartment. Tall palm trees stand at the entrance of the complex, which has three-story units. Alexander, who was escorted back to her apartment in the Highland Apartment complex in Phoenix , Arizona after spending nearly over five hours outside in a parking lot, told the ... Read More »

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, wife meet Sushma

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Before the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels and had reached “clear understandings” on the meetings modalities and format, the MEA statement said. "You would all agree that this exercise lacked any credibility", India said. But New Delhi claimed on Tuesday that Singh had initially been separated from Avanti and Chetna, who were taken to the meeting without informing the Deputy High Commissioner. Read More »

Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan govt for allowing him to meet his family

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Faisal described Pakistan's surprise offer of a meeting between Jadhav and his wife as a "humanitarian gesture", underscoring that Islamabad had met three key Indian requests, allowing the mother to accompany the wife, letting an Indian diplomat be with them through their Pakistan stay including the meeting, and assuring their security. Read More »

Russian Federation to US: 'Aggressive rhetoric' on North Korea is unacceptable

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been trading words against each other as the country slowly inches towards achieving nuclear missile capability. Tillerson and Trump have given mixed messages regarding the administration's stance toward North Korea after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Read More »

Cold, snow, bitter wind expected throughout the rest of the week

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Bitterly cold air moves in with low temperatures dropping to 8 degrees north of I-70 to 12 degrees at the Lake of the Ozarks. Christmas night will offer temperatures in the low single digits and below zero. If you are planning to be outdoors, dress in layers, cover exposed skin and do not wear any wet clothing. The low will be around 2, with wind chill values as low as minus 20 and west wind 17 to 26 miles per hour. Read More »

Christmas Day Mass at St. Charles

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In Gulmarg's Saint Mary's church, Santa Claus distributed chocolates and candies among the children. On the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmaad Hafeez addressed the gathering and said, "The department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals". Read More »

Kentucky woman killed, husband injured in Christmas Eve pit bull attack

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Two pit bulls reportedly mauled a Kentucky woman to death and injured her husband during a gruesome attack on Christmas Eve. In that instance, their owner had left them with their dad while she took care of personal issues. "The deputies determined that the dogs did not belong to the couple". A dispatch official said the caller reported that his brother and sister-in-law were attacked by two of their neighbor's dogs. Read More »

Ten displaced after fire at Phoenix apartment complex

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At about 8:45 a.m., firefighters extinguished a suspicious residential fire in the 1700 block of Dale Avenue. The crash happened on the northbound side of I-77 near mile marker 64, said John Agee, Richburg Volunteer Fire Department chief. Read More »

BJP names Jairam Thakur as Himachal Pradesh CM

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Jairam Thakur on Monday said his government would not indulge in "political vendetta", but would review "hasty decisions" taken in the past three months by the Virbhadra Singh government. Today while addressing a press conference, Thakur thanked his party's leaders after accepting his new position. With experience in both administration as well as in organisation, Thakur has been a minister in the previous BJP government. Read More »

India launches 'driverless' metro with driver

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AAP leader Dilip Kumar Pandey also slammed the DMRC, saying "seven of nine stations of Magenta Line falls in Delhi and half of the money is paid by the Delhi government to the Delhi Metro , but the inauguration invitation was sent to PM, Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana". Read More »

A porsche for Christmas

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Over Christmas weekend, Kris Jenner took to Instagram to show off an incredible gift she got from her new pal Jennifer Lawrence . Alongside the photo, the 62-year-old reality TV star, wrote, "My BFF #Jenniferlawrence asked me what i wanted for Christmas and of course I said a Porsche , DUH". Read More »

Bigg Boss 11 Elimination: Arshi Khan departs from the show

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A video which contains a disgusting conversation between Vikas Gupta and Priyank Sharma has gone viral. Priyank, who received less votes couldn't make it to the semi-finals. While blowing flying kisses to friend Vikas, she asked her fans to now vote for Vikas Gupta and make him the victor of Bigg Boss 11 . Shilpa picks Vikas. Read More »

Trump signs tax cut in "rush job" Oval Office signing event

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But the tax cut was at the top of Trump's mind after months of struggling to deliver his agenda through a Republican-controlled Congress . Trump on Friday thanked the absent GOP leaders and called the bill "something I'm very proud of". "Mitch McConnell has been fantastic, he worked so hard", Trump said. Supporters of the plan say the corporate tax cuts within the plan would bring corporations back to the USA, leading to job creation and wage growth. Read More »

UAE has information Tunisian women may commit 'terrorist acts', Tunisia says

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A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo an additional examination of their visas. The local reports termed the measure "temporary and relating to security arrangements". More than 8000 Tunisians are suspected to have fought with ISIL, hundreds of women among them. Read More »

Renowned orchestra conductor Charles Dutoit accused of sexual assault

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Dutoit has served as principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009 - and is now employed as music director emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. According to reports the incidents happened between 1985 to 2010 and took place in five different USA cities. The statement came in response to an AP story earlier in the day in which three opera singers and one classical musician accused Dutoit of sexual assault and provided detailed ... Read More »

They "All Have AIDS": Trump Reportedly Raged at Advisers About Immigrants

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But as the president continued, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Miller turned their ire on Mr. Tillerson, blaming him for the influx of foreigners and prompting the secretary of state to throw up his arms in frustration. But even after the door to the Oval Office was closed, aides could still hear the president berating his most senior advisers. The Times report said Kelly and Tillerson tried to respond by saying numerous visas were for short-term travelers, but that as Trump continued, Kelly and Miller ... Read More »

LoC Flare-up:Major Among 4 Indian Soldiers Killed In 'Unprovoked' Pak Firing

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A spokesman of the Army said that the Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked firing at a patrol party of a battalion of 120 Infantry Brigade resulting in the death of three soldiers. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday paid rich tributes to four Army personnel, including a Major, killed in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. Read More »

US Ambassador to Netherlands, Called Out on TV for Lying, Doubles Down

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The former Republican congressman was sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence on 11 December after being nominated earlier this year by President Donald Trump . Hoekstra replies: "I didn't say that". "I didn't say that, that is actually an incorrect statement", Hoesktra insisted. "Yeah, we would call that 'fake news .' I never said that". Read More »

Modesto man accused of trying to bomb Pier 39 on Christmas Day

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Everitt Aaron Jameson , 26, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in Modesto, according to court documents . Mr. Jameson later met with another undercover agent whom he believed to be associated with the senior leadership of the foreign terrorist organization ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL). Read More »

WannaCry ransomware: North Korea labels U.S. accusation as "absurd"

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Bossert went on to write that the allegation was based on evidence also agreed upon by other governments and private companies. WannaCry infected some 300,000 computers in 150 countries in May, encrypting user files and demanding hundreds of dollars from their owners in exchange for the keys to get their files back. Read More »

Active weather pattern arrives, heavy rain expected Friday-Saturday

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30s by morning time. Precipitation: Rain, ending with a little snow in the evening. For Thursday night, there's a 20 percent chance of snow before midnight, with a low of about 16. This event is still 24 hours away so changes to the forecast are likely. Read More »

Virginia House Race Is Tied After Court Ruling

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Tied votes, which are extremely rare, have occasionally been broken around the country by coin tosses or the like. Before the November 7 general election, Virginia Republicans held 66 seats to the Democrats' 34 in the legislature, along with a majority in the state Senate. Read More »

Trump administration blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware attacks

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Bossert, assistant to the American president for homeland security and counterterrorism, who penned a piece in The Wall Street Journal today, and noted that the USA, authorities in the United Kingdom, as well as Microsoft, had found evidence from the attack pointing to affiliation with the North Korean government. Read More »

Taking the good with the bad: Warmer temps comes with rain

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The wind will come from the southwest at 10-15 miles per hour. Sunday could see showers and storms as well, with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. Rain chance around 70%. While the holiday weekend looks somewhat stormy, the rest of this week looks largely quiet and dry. According to national forecaster Met Eireann, tonight will be a "mild, cloudy night with patches of rain, drizzle and fog and locally poor visibility". Read More »

Pentagon's UFO truth is finally out there

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What makes this more concerning is the fact that the UFO project is mostly the work of a single man: Harry Reid , the Senate Majority leader at the time of the program's institution in 2007. Former Democrat Senator Harry Reid of Nevada - home of the mythologised "Area 51" - was the driving force behind AATIP, which analysed reports of UFO sightings and collected audio and video evidence of mysterious aircraft. Read More »

Israeli soldiers just arrested this iconic teenage Palestinian activist

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Several years earlier, in another Tamimi family production, Ahed was filmed threatening to strike IDF soldiers in an incident that went viral on video . However, Bassem says the Israeli narrative does not tell the full story. The doctors removed the bullet, reconstructed his jaw and placed him into an artificial coma for 72 hours. Read More »

Brooklyn house fire kills woman, children, officials say

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The father and two teenagers were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Firefighters said unattended candles, overloaded outlets and power strips "and numerous holiday traditions we all hold dear" often cause fires. A longtime family friend and neighbor, Morris Levy, said the family had recently moved into the house. "Firefighters went straight into the fire". He said the four who died were upstairs and not able to escape. Read More »

Shinee singer Kim Jong-hyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies

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Kim , better known by his stage name Jonghyun , was found unconscious at a residence hotel and was pronounced dead later at a nearby hospital. "The depression that has slowly been eating me away has finally gobbled me up". Dubbed "The Princes of K-pop" by CNN earlier this year, SHINee was first formed in 2008. His fans posted messages of grief on his account after the news of his death broke. Read More »

North Korea "directly responsible" for massive cyberattack: WH official

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In just a few days, WannaCry managed to infect upwards of 300,000 machines in almost 150 countries. The Washington Post cited a USA official as saying Trump's administration would be urging allies to counter North Korea's cyberattack capabilities and implement all "relevant" UN Security Council sanctions. Read More »

Trump Says Russia 'Not Helping' On North Korea; Russia Fires Back

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Asked whether he was impressed by Trump's performance as U.S. president, Putin said he was not a United States citizen and it is USA citizens who should judge their president's performance. Despite the threats, Mr Trump's Administration has announced they would like to seek a diplomatic solution to the apparent crisis, bringing North Korea to the negotiating table. Read More »

Modi inaugurates 60MW Tuirial Hydropower Project in Mizoram

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The first major Union government project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram was announced in 1998 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Modi also said that he was delighted to be in Mizoram and this was his first visit as Prime Minister as he had visited the State before also. Read More »

Trump Administration Prohibits CDC From Using Words 'Evidence-Based,' 'Diversity, 'Fetus,' More

The administration suggested alternatives to some of the words. According to the Post , any budget documents that include these words will be sent back to the CDC to be corrected. While the CDC could come up with workarounds, this will make it a lot tougher for its divisions to report about their work in a factual manner and could ultimately impact the funding of health initiatives. Read More »

Winter weather advisory issued for parts of MA ahead of evening snow

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Snow that began falling lightly in East Hampton at about 3 p.m. on Friday became heavier by sunset. Total snow accumulations of 2-4 inches are expected in Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, Southern Bristol and Southern Plymouth counties. As this system exits, there will be warmer temperatures across the region on Saturday , according to the weather service. Monday , the high will be near 53 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said. Read More »

Britain First leader charged over speech at rally in Belfast

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Fransen was then arrested after leaving the court over social media posts she allegedly made from Belfast on Wednesday, police said . The court ordered her not to go within 500 metres of any demonstration or parade in Northern Ireland as a condition of her release on bail. Read More »

NYC weather: Snow blankets city Thursday morning

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Travel conditions could become tricky at times, the weather service said. A narrow band of lake effect snow is expected to dissipate and move off to the east by the afternoon. Thursday: A chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries through the morning; partly sunny, breezy and cold in the afternoon. Read More »

Facebook fires back at former exec who says it's 'ripping apart' society

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Last month, Facebook's first president, Sean Parker , said the social network was created to exploit "a vulnerability in human psychology" to get its users addicted. He had particularly harsh words for tools such as Facebook's "Like" button saying that social media was leaving users "vacant and empty". "Because your behaviors, you don't realize it, but you are being programmed". Read More »

Kalvari submarine affirms Make in India's giant strides: MDL

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The commissioning of its indigenous version comes days after the force observed the gold. Modi thanked France for its collaboration in building the submarine and said, "This is a fine example of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France". Read More »

Anderson Cooper Attacks Donald Trump On Twitter, Later Claims He Was Hacked

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I guess that really does mean that you can't believe everything that you read on the Internet. The tweet has since been deleted, with CNN Communications asserting that someone accessed Cooper's account. We are looking into how this happened", he said. The 50-year-old said he hadn't tweeted "in days", nor had he sent any replies. "We're working with Twitter to secure the account". Read More »