Heating problem closes FEMA office –

FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center at the old Kmart in Lumberton will be closed for at least part of the day on Thursday because of a problem with the heating system. Nate Custer, media relations specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said today it's unclear exactly when the system would be fixed and the center would reopen, but was hopeful it would be later in the day Thursday.

Throttle blamed for Colorado jet crash near Obama appearance

A throttle malfunction on an Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic demonstration jet is being blamed for the jet's crash last June near the Colorado Springs Airport where President Barack Obama was attending an event. According to a report from Air Force investigators, the malfunction on the F-16 jet caused the pilot to accidentally turn the engine off.

Missouri family court, DOJ reach deal over racial inequities

St. Louis County's family court and the U.S. government have reached a deal meant to resolve allegations that black youth are treated more harshly than whites and that juveniles often are deprived of constitutional rights. Wednesday's announcement came after more than a year of bargaining to resolve what the U.S. Department of Justice called its "findings of serious and systemic violations of juvenile due process and equal protection rights."

Judge rejects Washington electors attempt to avoid fine

A federal judge has rejected an effort by two Democratic presidential electors from Washington state who sought to immediately ensure they won't get fined if they ignore the results of the popular vote in a longshot bid to deny Donald Trump the presidency. Bret Chiafalo and Levi Guerra took a voluntary pledge to vote for their party's nominee - Hillary Clinton - if she won Washington, which she did.

Navy formally announces naming of Columbia-class submarines

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: The Navy formally announced Wednesday that the first in a new class of ballistic missile submarines will be named the USS Columbia in honor of the District of Columbia. The Navy plans to build 12 submarines to make up the new class, which will be known as the Columbia class, to replace the current Ohio-class fleet of 14 ballistic missile submarines built in the 1980s and '90s.

Progressive Phone Company Discloses Legal Battle Over FBI’s National Security Letters

A federal court has granted permission to a progressive telecommunications company - one at the center of a years-long battle over the constitutionality of national security letters - to talk about the ongoing lawsuit it's involved in. In 2013, Credo Mobile, a phone company headquartered in San Francisco that raises money for progressive groups, received two national security letters from an FBI special agent in San Antonio, Texas, demanding the names, addresses and billing records associated with three accounts.

Consumer 7 mins ago 6:23 p.m.FBI warns of holiday scams

Brian Cyprian is an FBI Supervisory Special Agent in the Charlotte office and said, "Right now, with your online shopping, be very careful." Cyprian said that during the holidays, cyber criminals will be more aggressive and creative, hoping people will make a mistake and allow them the opportunity to access personal information.

Maine congressional delegation visits New Balance factory

The director of manufacturing at New Balance says a "Made-in-USA" provision for athletic footwear for military recruits could mean an additional 250,000 sneakers a year. Brendan Melley touted the figure Wednesday as three members of Maine's congressional delegation visited a New Balance factory in Skowhegan, the Morning Sentinel reported.

Utah Supreme Court hears 2nd refinery expansion challenge

A second challenge to a refinery expansion proposed along the Wasatch Front wound up on the desks of Utah Supreme Court justices, but it remains a big question mark if there will ever be a legal probe of the actual merits of the case. The Utah Supreme Court, in a decision last year, rejected an appeal by environmental groups over Tesoro's planned action, and Wednesday the justices were asked to look at the case involving HollyFrontier Corp. in Woods Cross.

Christie offers nomination for hobbled election agency59 minutes | New Jersey

Christie offers nomination for hobbled election agency Christie has nominated another candidate to fill a vacant seat on the state's Election Law Enforcement Commission. Check out this story on northjersey.com: http://northjersy.news/2hP4iaX While millions of dollars were flowing into thousands of local races this past election cycle, the watchdog agency that regulates political campaigns and lobbying in New Jersey was unable to hold meetings and punish offenders.

Teaneck man arrested inside Trump Tower

A 49-year-old man from Teaneck was arrested after smashing a wine bottle inside Trump Tower, authorities said Wednesday. Teaneck man arrested inside Trump Tower A 49-year-old man from Teaneck was arrested after smashing a wine bottle inside Trump Tower, authorities said Wednesday.

Former SEAL Zinke tapped to lead Interior Department

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana made no secret of his ambitions to join a Donald Trump Cabinet, and yet his nomination as interior secretary is in some ways an unlikely fit for the retired U.S. Navy SEAL. Zinke, 55, was an early supporter of the president-elect and publicly expressed his interest in a Cabinet post when Trump visited Montana in May. Like other Western states, Montana's wide-open, rugged landscape has a huge federal presence.

New DNA technology to be used for retesting Ramsey evidence in ’96 cold case

Investigators still haunted by the 20-year-old unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey now plan to use emerging and more sophisticated DNA technology to retest key evidence in the case, authorities said Wednesday. Boulder's police department, district attorney's office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced jointly Wednesday that they have decided to take a fresh forensic look at the evidence left from the girl's abduction and death.

Trump picks Michigana s Ronna Romney McDaniel for RNC chair

Michigan's Republican Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become the new Republican National Committee chair next year. The niece of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be the first woman to hold the committee's top position in 40 years, and her promotion comes after Trump became the first Republican to carry Michigan in 28 years.

US Says 75% Of ISIS Fighters Killed

At least 75% of ISIS fighters have been killed during the campaign of US-led airstrikes, according to US officials. The US anti-ISIS envoy said the campaign has winnowed ISIS' ranks to between 12,000 and 15,000 "battle ready" fighters, a top US official said on Tuesday.

Trump Selects Ronna Romney McDaniel to Lead RNC

Donald Trump has selected Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead the Republican National Committee in 2017, the RNC announced in a statement Wednesday. McDaniel, who currently chairs the Michigan Republican Party, is the niece of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

A gift for Trump

Thus, I have been tearing out what remaining hair I have in trying to come up with an appropriate, affordable gift for our president-elect as an acknowledgement of his ascendancy to the top of the swamp.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez to Run for DNC Chair

Labor Secretary Tom Perez will announce a bid for Democratic National Committee Chair Thursday on a call with state Democratic party chairs, according to a source with knowledge of his planning. Perez enters the race after a number of top Democrats and Democratic organizations have backed Keith Ellison, the Minnesota congressman who has announced he would leave his seat if he wins the DNC chair race.

Judge rejects Washington electors attempt to avoid fine

Democratic presidential elector Bret Chiafalo speaks outside the U.S. Courthouse before a hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Seattle. Chiafalo and Levi Guerra, two Democratic presidential electors from Washington, want to see Donald Trump denied the presidency and are asking a federal judge to ensure they don't get fined for ignoring the results of the popular vote.

Americans and Trump part ways over Russia

Here's the Public Evidence Russia Hacked the DNC - It's Not Enough - There are some good reasons to believe Russians had something to do with the breaches into email accounts belonging to members of the Democratic party, which proved varyingly embarrassing or disruptive for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Orlando, Florida, USA – October 28, 2016: President Barack Obama…

According to multiple sources, President Barack Obama will designate 1.4 to 1.9 million acres in San Juan County as the Bears Ears National Monument next week. Sutherland Institute condemns this blatant abuse of executive power and calls on Congress and President-elect Donald Trump to commit to rescind this national monument designation and allow local voices to be heard.

Another Conviction Tied To Corrupt Sergeant Thrown Out

Cook County Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. vacated the 2006 conviction on drug charges of Lionel White, who spent more than two years behind bars after his arrest by a Watts-led team. Watts and an officer under him were arrested in 2012 for stealing drug money from what turned out to be an FBI informant.

Perry nomination raises Dem concerns that Trump plans to gut Energy Dept.

Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that President-elect Trump is preparing to slash the Energy Department, with the incoming president picking fossil fuel advocate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the department after Trump's transition team sent a questionnaire that Democrats call a "witch hunt." The top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce and Oversight committees, Reps.

Happy Hour Roundup

Mindful of the clock ticking down to a Trump presidency, the Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday to bar states from withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health clinics that provide abortions. The measure takes effect two days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

Former SEAL Zinke tapped to lead Interior Department

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana made no secret of his ambitions to join a Donald Trump Cabinet, and yet his nomination as interior secretary is in some ways an unlikely fit for the retired U.S. Navy SEAL. Zinke, 55, was an early supporter of the president-elect and publicly expressed his interest in a Cabinet post when Trump visited Montana in May. Like other Western states, Montana's wide-open, rugged landscape has a huge federal presence.

Vermont’s Sanders, Welch want FairPoint layoffs reversed

Two members of Vermont's congressional delegation want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat, wrote to the CEOS of FairPoint and Consolidated Communications on Tuesday.

Michigan Legislature OKs higher speed limits, shelves voter ID bill

Michigan motorists could drive faster on rural highways under bills that won final approval Tuesday in the Legislature, which narrowly backed a 75 mph speed limit on 600 miles of freeway and a 65 mph limit on 900 miles of other roads. Within a year, the limits would rise from 70 mph to 75 mph and from 55 mph to 65 mph if a safety study shows it is OK and the new limit is what no more than 15 percent of drivers already are exceeding.

Balancing strategic friendship

The two-day official visit of India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Bangladesh has drawn understandable attention in the media and of political analysts alike for more reasons than one. First, this was the first ever visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Bangladesh.

Democrats: Trump Must Divest From His Hotel or Breach His Lease

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In the waning days of President Barack Obama's administration, he and his wife, Michelle, hosted a farewell party, the full import of which no one could then grasp. It was late October, Friday the 21st, and the president had spent many of the previous weeks, as he would spend the two subsequent weeks, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

A blueprint for how Democrats can win again

Veteran Democratic operative Guy Cecil rattled off several tweets Tuesday offering hard advice for his party about how it can recover from the stunning loss of the 2016 campaign and the broader defeats the party has suffered downballot in recent years. I reached out to Cecil to see whether he would expand beyond 140 characters in his diagnosis of what went wrong for his side -- and how to fix it.

Jetico DoD Wipe Software to Securely Era …

Jetico, leading-edge developer of DoD wipe software, announced today version 3.5 of BCWipe Total WipeOut. Jetico's long-trusted solution to wipe hard drive data can now securely erase SSD in less time by delivering support for Non-Volatile Memory Express, more commonly known as NVMe, working with native commands such as User Data Erase and Cryptographic Erase.

Certain Bonuses Not Due For Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act requires that employees taking leave under the act are to be treated in the same manner as if they had remained in the workplace. In a recent case of first impression, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that certain types of bonuses may be prorated for the period during which an employee is on FMLA leave.

All of the above

Despite all of the over-the-top emotional turmoil over the election of Donald Trump for U.S. president, the 2016 Republican Party platform provided an early insight into the Trump agenda; the GOP appears to embrace climate and energy realism here in the USA. H. Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's climate change-driven energy policy.

In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk

In this May 9, 2016 file photo, Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. It's not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama's national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump's hope for friendly ties to Moscow.

State investigating airboat crash that prompted Brevard response

State investigating airboat crash that prompted Brevard response One person was seriously injured after an airboat flipped over in the St. Johns River, officials report Check out this story on floridatoday.com: http://on.flatoday.com/2hO2Pl8 Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigators are looking into what caused a commercially-operated airboat with seven people on board to roll over while on the St. Johns River. The accident was reported about 1 p.m. Tuesday on the St. John River near State Road 50 and along the Brevard, Orange County line.

California Courier Online, December 15, 2016

Turkish and Azeri circles were displeased with my latest column where I had analyzed Vice President-elect Mike Pence's phone call to Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan. 's Trend news agency published a ridiculous article by Elmira Tariverdiyeva, titled: "Yerevan's failed phone call or why Trump did not respond."

Google Publicly Reveals 8 Secret FBI Requests

Freed by security reforms adopted by Congress last year, Google yesterday published the redacted contents of eight National Security Letters it received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2010 and 2015 requesting information on 21 user accounts. U.S. government agencies can use NSLs to request certain types of information about the activities of users of Internet services and other communication services.

For the Record: Davis’ spending among top 20% in House

Spending by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in the past quarter has been in the top 20 percent of his fellow representatives. As prosecutors prepare their corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock , The News-Gazette decided to look at the past quarter's spending by U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS , R-Taylorville.

Obama to press Trump to preserve Cuba detente, says White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will make his case directly to President-elect Donald Trump not to derail the recent U.S.-Cuba detente, the White House said on Dec. 13, insisting that "turning back the clock" would be damaging to American interests and the Cuban people. Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said the outgoing administration hopes to persuade the incoming Trump administration to preserve Obama's policy of engagement despite the president-elect's threat to roll back the opening with the communist-ruled island.

Trump taps former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department he once vowed to abolish

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department on Wednesday, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it. Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward fossil fuels, whose production he championed while serving as governor for 14 years.

Trump thought Giuliani ‘lacked stamina’ to be secretary of state

Donald Trump worried that Rudy Giuliani might lack the stamina to fulfill the duties of secretary of state, according to a report. Once a leading candidate to be America's top diplomat, Giuliani, fell out of favor, in part, because Trump began to question the 72-year-old's fitness, according to the The Wall Street Journal , which cited an unnamed transition official.

How Fast Could GOP Congress Get Obamacare Repeal To Trump’s Desk?

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is part of the Republican leadership working to repeal the Affordable Care Act as quickly as possible in January. Republicans in Congress are so eager to repeal the Affordable Care Act that some have vowed to get a bill to President-elect Donald Trump's desk on the day he takes the oath of office.

Donald Who?:

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Why the GOP Congress Will Stop Trump from Going Too Far : The coming resistance from Republican lawmakers who hate Trump, fear executive overreach--or both. Consider the many ways in which the substantial ambitions of GOP legislators could bring them into conflict with the Trump administration.

Former SEAL Zinke tapped to lead Interior Department

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana made no secret of his ambitions to join a Donald Trump Cabinet, yet his nomination as Interior secretary is in some ways an unlikely fit for the retired U.S. Navy SEAL. Zinke, 55, was an early supporter of the president-elect and publicly expressed his interest in a Cabinet post when Trump visited Montana in May. Like other Western states, Montana's wide-open, rugged landscape has a huge federal presence.

Why Rex Tillerson?

Since becoming Exxon's CEO in 2006, and before that as head of the oil giant's international division, Tillerson has presided over operations in some 200 countries, positions that put him in contact with a global rogues' gallery of strongmen from Russia's Vladimir Putin to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Chad's Idriss Deby to Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh. That experience, according to friends and allies, makes him well-suited to go toe to toe with some of the world's nastiest people.

We won’t allow soldiers who served in Northern Ireland to be…

Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, 69, dies suddenly after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey: Actor's pop singer son Robin leads tributes to the 'The greatest man' he ever met Disturbing bodycam captures moment a naked, unarmed man is mauled for nearly a minute by a police dog that tears into his leg - but cops just PET the animal and make NO attempt to pull it off Typo by Hillary Clinton aide may have allowed Russian hacks to leak Democratic staffer's emails after he wrote the word 'legitimate' instead of 'illegitimate' Moment an extreme couponer is attacked by a furious customer after holding up the grocery checkout line for 20 minutes Wikipedia 'facts' change depending on where you live: Use this tool to spot the massive bias in articles around the world New DNA testing planned in JonBenet Ramsey case to tap the FBI database of 15.1 million known offenders, 20 years after the ... (more)

Trump’s national security adviser shared secrets without permission, files show

A secret U.S. military investigation in 2010 determined that Michael T. Flynn, the retired Army general tapped to serve as national security adviser in the Trump White House, "inappropriately shared" classified information with foreign military officers in Afghanistan, newly released documents show. Although Flynn lacked authorization to share the classified material, he was not disciplined or reprimanded after the investigation concluded that he did not act "knowingly" and that "there was no actual or potential damage to national security as a result," according to Army records obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act.

Official: 4 dead in Alabama after vehicle goes off dock

A decade after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, the company that sold it paid with an embarrassing courtroom guilty plea and an agreement to pay the... A decade after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, the company that sold it paid with an embarrassing courtroom guilty plea and an agreement to pay the largest... The Library of Congress selects movies for preservation in its audio-visual vault in Culpeper, Virginia, because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.

Philippines cancels visit by U.N. rapporteur on extrajudicial killings

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The Philippines has canceled a trip next year by the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings to look into the rising death toll in its war on drugs, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Perfecto Yasay said the United Nations could not pursue its investigation because special rapporteur Agnes Callamard had declined to accept the conditions set by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trump’s Tillerson Pick Gives Keystone XL a Friend in D.C.

President-elect Donald Trump's plan to put a supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline into a crucial decision-making position may give the controversial pipeline a leg up. If approved as Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson would be in a position to approve the pipeline's presidential permit, a requirement for energy projects that cross an international border.

Judge blocks publishing in case of boy with drugs in school

A New Jersey reporter says state officials want him to sign an agreement before allowing him to publish limited details from a child welfare complaint he obtained, but he has refused in a case involving a 5-year-old boy found with drugs in school twice in a month. A court hearing scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, leaving in place an order that bars the Trentonian newspaper from publishing details from the complaint.

Oilfield services firm Wood Group reaffirms 2016 EBITA forecast

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Dec 14 Oilfield services company John Wood Group Plc reaffirmed its full-year EBITA forecast and said it sees indications of modest recovery in selected markets, but warned that challenging market conditions are likely to persist in 2017. * The company, founded in 1912 as a ship repair and marine engineering firm, said it expected earnings before interest, tax and amortisation to be in line with the company-provided consensus of $370 million for the full-year ended Dec. 31. * "We are encouraged by the positive rig count movement in the second half of 2016, although we have yet to see any significant improvement in activity," the company said in a statement.

Thunderbird Felled by Sticky Button

PGN] The Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team F-16 that crashed in Colorado on 2 Jun 2016 - minutes after a flyby of the Air Force Academy graduation, attended by President Obama - was done in by a stuck button on the throttle, the service announced Wednesday. Normally the throttle won't move all the way to cutoff unless the button is depressed, but the button had become stuck in the depressed position due to accumulated metallic debris, stray lubricant, a misaligned clevis pin, and wear on the spring mechanism, USAF's official accident investigation found.

White House says Obama to press Trump to preserve Cuba detente

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Nov. 10. WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will make his case directly to President-elect Donald Trump not to derail the recent U.S.-Cuba detente, the White House said on Tuesday, insisting that "turning back the clock" would be damaging to ... (more)

Google extends conservative outreach

Alphabet's Google is racing to hire more conservatives for its lobbying and policy arm, trying to get a foothold in President-elect Donald Trump's Washington after enjoying a uniquely close relationship with the administration of President Barack Obama. In the weeks since the Nov. 8 election, Google has ramped up efforts to hire Republican lobbying firms and in-house lobbyists to change the composition of its Washington office, according to three lobbyists with knowledge of the matter.