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Chicago teen earning gift money killed delivering newspapersCHICAGO (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy slain while delivering newspapers with his stepfather to earn money to buy presents may have been the result of mistaken identity and rooted in an ongoing gang war that didn't involve him, Chicago police said Monday during a news conference in a city where gun violence this year has left nearly 600 people dead.

Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state, several killedAn Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over a major highway in Washington state on Monday morning, sending part of the train crashing down onto Interstate 5 and killing several passengers, authorities said.

6 Conversation Starters For Actually Meaningful Catch-Ups With RelativesIt can be hard to know what to talk about over the holidays with relatively you haven’t seen in a while.

At Least 6 Killed In Amtrak Derailment Over Washington State HighwayAn Amtrak passenger train derailed off a bridge in Washington state on Monday, blocking traffic on an interstate highway, officials said.

Medicare Premiums Increase for Many Retirees in 2018The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $134 in 2018, the same amount as in 2017. Here's a look at how much you can expect to pay for Medicare Part B premiums in 2018. Medicare Part B payments are prevented by law from reducing Social Security payments by Social Security's "hold harmless" provision.

Puerto Rico To Review Hurricane Death Toll After Undercounting ConcernsPuerto Rico’s governor vowed to re-examine its official death toll from Hurricane Maria after independent investigations placed the number of storm-related deaths at roughly 15 times higher than the territory’s findings, The New York Times reported.

The Case For Rethinking Breastfeeding GoalsBefore she had her first baby two years ago, Stephanie, 36, was hellbent on following the breastfeeding guidelines prescribed by major public health organizations to the letter: Her son would get nothing but breast milk for the first six months and she would continue to breastfeed him for at least a year.

ESPN President John Skipper Resigns UnexpectedlyESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper resigned Monday, citing a struggle with addiction.

Myanmar military says investigating mass grave in Rakhine stateMyanmar's army said on Monday that security forces have discovered a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation. A violent crackdown by the security forces in response to attacks by militants in the state has caused around 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh in recent months.     In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the military's commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the army said the unidentified bodies had been found at the cemetery in the village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of state capital Sittwe.

McCain treated for viral infection, returns home to ArizonaRepublican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday.

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Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:36 pm

Washington Post

Trump judicial nominee Matthew Petersen pulls out after struggling to answer basic questions
Washington Post
Matthew Petersen, a nominee to the federal judiciary, has withdrawn from consideration days after a video clip showed him unable to answer basic questions about legal procedure, the White House confirmed Monday. Petersen, nominated for a seat on the U ...
Trump judicial nominee Matthew Petersen withdraws after viral hearing videoCNN
Trump judicial nominee withdraws after humiliating hearingThe Hill
Court nominee Matthew Petersen withdraws after 'two worst minutes' on TV and viral videoUSA TODAY
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:15 pm

BBC News

RAF Mildenhall: Shots fired in security alert at US Suffolk airbase
BBC News
A man has been arrested after driving through a checkpoint and getting close to an aircraft at a base in Suffolk used by the US Air Force. Shots were fired by US personnel before the 44-year-old British man was overcome by staff at RAF Mildenhall. The ...
British air base on security alert after checkpoint incident, but terrorism not suspectedWashington Post
US Military Fires Upon Intruder at Air Base in BritainNew York Times
Shots Fired in 'Disturbance' at UK Base Used by US Air ForceU.S. News & World Report
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:03 pm

New York Times

Trump's Nation Security Plan Warns of 'Great Power Competition' With Russia and China
New York Times
President Trump is expected to address the expanding influence of China and Russia, and the importance of an "America First" security agenda.Published On Dec. 18, 2017 CreditImage by Doug Mills/The New York Times. By David E. Sanger and Mark Landler ...
Trump: US can't guard its interests abroad if it doesn't 'protect prosperity at home'Politico
Trump sets out national security strategy of 'principled realism' and global competitionWashington Post
Trump's new strategy: Russia is an actual threatCNN
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 7:56 pm

Washington Post

Last-minute real estate perk in tax reform prompts blowback for Corker
Washington Post
President Trump, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and other members of Congress with expansive real estate holdings were already primed to benefit from the tax overhaul bill nearing approval. Late last week it got even better. On Friday, lawmakers added a ...
How Republicans' Tax Promises Stack Up to Their Actual PlanBloomberg
Tax Bill Seen as a Giveaway to the RichNew York Times
Cost of GOP tax plan could exceed $2 trillionThe Hill
Chicago Tribune -Fox News -USA TODAY -New Republic
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 7:36 pm

Washington Post

Multiple fatalities reported after Amtrak train derails in Washington state, spilling onto busy highway
Washington Post
Several people were killed and scores more injured when an Amtrak train on its inaugural trip on a new route derailed south of Seattle on Monday morning while crossing a bridge above a busy highway, authorities said. Officials said at least 13 cars ...
Amtrak train derailment: Deaths reported in Washington state crashCBS News
Amtrak train that crashed was on first runThe Hill
'Multiple fatalities' after Amtrak train derails in Washington stateABC News
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 6:52 pm

New York Times

Puerto Rico Orders Review and Recount of Hurricane Deaths
New York Times
Facing mounting evidence that Puerto Rico has vastly undercounted the number of people who died because of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló ordered on Monday that every death on the island since the calamitous storm be reviewed. Officials will ...
Puerto Rico governor orders recount of hurricane death tollWashington Post
Puerto Rico governor will campaign against supporters of GOP tax billThe Hill
Puerto Rico's Governor Has Ordered A Recount To Find Out How Many People Really Died In The HurricaneBuzzFeed News
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 5:42 pm

The Hill

In Middle East, Pence must address realities of Iranian encroachment
The Hill
Israelis eagerly await American Vice President Mike Pence · Michael (Mike) Richard PencePence allies worried he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was 'low class' for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence ...
The Latest: Turkey joins criticism of US veto on JerusalemWashington Post
US Vetoes UN Security Council Resolution Voiding Trump's Jerusalem MoveNPR
US Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Move on JerusalemNew York Times
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 3:21 pm

Washington Post

Federal appeals judge announces immediate retirement amid probe of sexual misconduct allegations
Washington Post
Alex Kozinski, the powerful judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit who was facing a judicial investigation over allegations that he subjected 15 women to inappropriate sexual behavior, announced Monday that he would retire effective ...
Federal Judge Kozinski Retires Following Sexual Harassment AllegationsNPR
9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski steps down after accusations of sexual misconductLos Angeles Times
US judge steps down after accusations of sexual misconductFox News
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 3:09 pm

The Boston Globe

Boston resident recalls 'chaos' in Atlanta airport
The Boston Globe
Arielle Gray, 26, was among the thousands of travelers affected by the power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday, and described the scene at the airport as “chaos.” “I don't think they were prepared for something of ...
Power outage paralyzes world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-JacksonDuluth News Tribune

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Posted: December 18, 2017, 2:12 pm


Trump predicts exoneration in Russia investigation as allies fear a 'meltdown'
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone on the Russia investigation, sources say, even insisting he'll soon be cleared in writing. But his new approach has some allies worried he's not taking the threat of the ...
Trump says he won't fire Mueller, as campaign to discredit Russia probe heats upWashington Post
The Hill's 12:30 ReportThe Hill
Alan Dershowitz: Trump doesn't need to fire Mueller - here's whyFox News
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Posted: December 18, 2017, 12:01 pm