The Latest: Chorus singing caps John Glenn tribute

A chorus has sung "Let There Be Peace On Earth" to a packed Ohio State University auditorium, capping a memorial service filled with moving tributes to the late space pioneer John Glenn. Vice President Joe Biden and a retired Marine Corps general were among those who choked up while praising Glenn for bravery, consideration of others and his many achievements during the more than two hours of a "celebration of life" in his home-state Ohio's capital on Saturday afternoon.

Authoritarian Regime Could Imperil US

President-Elect Trump is setting the stage for a rocky Presidency filled with conflict, bickering, turmoil, miscalculations, and potential diplomatic and military confrontations. He is constantly involved with responding to criticism by recklessly tweeting antagonistic comments to the American public and the world.

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Benjamin A. Gilman, 15-term GOP congressman from New York, dies at 94

Benjamin A. Gilman, a longtime Republican congressman from New York who chaired the House International Relations Committee and who helped arrange prisoner exchanges, died Dec. 17 at a veterans hospital in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. He was 94. Richard Garon, a former chief of staff, said he had been in declining health after surgery to repair a damaged hip. Mr. Gilman, a World War II veteran and former state legislator, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972.

N.C. GOP limits incoming governor’s power

GOP N.C. governor signs bill curbing Democrat successor's power Democrats decry "power grab" while GOP leaders say tactics legal. Check out this story on eveningsun.com: http://usat.ly/2hSF8ft Rep. Nelson Dollar, right, talks to Rep. David Lewis during a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday.

U.S. says China will return naval drone

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: WASHINGTON - The Chinese government will return a U.S. naval drone seized this week in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Saturday, in a move that promises to defuse heightened maritime tensions between the two Pacific powers.  Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that Beijing had agreed to transfer the "ocean glider," a small unmanned vessel used to assess water conditions, back to the United States, but said details on how and when that would occur had not been decided.

With Ivanka Trump, ‘first daughter’ role could evolve

Ivanka Trump visits with women members of Congress at the Republican National Committee headquarters in September to promote her father's proposals on child care. She was a key player in her father's winning campaign, and people are closely watching the next moves by president-elect Donald Trump's 35-year-old daughter.

Trump greeted by trail maids during Ala. stop

Donald Trump Trump responds to Michelle Obama: 'We have tremendous hope' Trump greeted by trail maids during Ala. stop Groups make 0,000 ad buy to rally GOP electors against Trump MORE was greeted by several trail maids Saturday afternoon as his plane touched down at Mobile Downtown Airport in Mobile, Ala.

Trump’s pick for budget office is hard-liner on spending

President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that he would nominate Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to be his budget director. Mulvaney is a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, the group that led the takedown of John Boehner as speaker In Mulvaney, Trump has chosen for the Office of Management and Budget a spending hard-liner to join an economic team that could be ideologically in conflict, setting up possible collisions during major policymaking next year.

Trump’s Cabinet selections signal a bold shift after Obama

Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions, and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. Trump, a Republican who pledged major changes after eight years of a Democratic White House, has assembled nominees for a Cabinet that includes many business executives who have never served in government, and military leaders are in line to oversee defense and homeland security.

Potent U.S. Tools To Counter Hack Face Challenges

Over the past four months, US intelligence agencies and aides to President Obama assembled a menu of options to respond to Russia's hacking during the election, ranging from the obvious - exposing President Vladimir Putin's financial ties to oligarchs - to the innovative, including manipulating the computer code that Russia uses in designing its cyberweapons. But while Obama vowed Friday to "send a clear message to Russia" as both punishment and deterrent, some of the options were rejected as ineffective, others as too risky.

On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation

President-elect Donald Trump is greeted by the Azalea Trail Maids after arriving at the airport for a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Mobile, Ala. President-elect Donald Trump is greeted by the Azalea Trail Maids after arriving at the airport for a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Mobile, Ala.

Donald Trump picks a hardliner as ambassador to Israel


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FOR a new American president to pick an ambassador with no experience in trade, cultural or any other form of diplomacy is not particularly remarkable. These appointments tend to be rewards for loyalty, friendship and financial backing during the campaign.

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President Obama said for the first time on Friday that he had held back from retaliating against Russia's meddling in the presidential race for fear of inciting further hacking "that could hamper vote counting." But he said he was weighing a mix of public and covert actions against the Russians in his last 34 days in office, actions that would increase "the costs for them."

Trump’s ambassador pick could drastically alter 2 of the…

President-elect Donald Trump tapped bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman to serve as the US ambassador to Israel on Thursday, raising questions about how Friedman's far-right views will upend Washington's longstanding approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, is a fierce opponent of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine that would create two independent states on either side of the Jordan river.

Better Buy: Starbucks Corporation vs. PepsiCo, Inc.

That type of brand awareness helps explain why shares of both companies have whipped the market since the turn of the millennium. While Pepsi's tripling of the market over that time frame is nothing to take for granted, Starbucks' performance has been even more impressive, providing an almost 20-fold return from an early 2000 investment! But does that make the stock a better buy today? Not necessarily - the market is a forward-looking entity.

Loretta Lynch Responds To Attacks From Clinton Campaign

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending the FBI against allegations that the bureau mishandled investigations of email hacks of Democrats and focused too much attention on Hillary Clinton's private email server. "I can tell you that this investigation was taken seriously from the beginning," Lynch said in an interview with CNN that airs Sunday.

Obama washes hands of Syria

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime, Iran and Russia are responsible for the carnage in Aleppo and argued there was nothing Washington could have done to stop the war, short of a military takeover of Syria. And he warned Assad, who has been engaged in a brutal civil war against opposition forces since 2011, that he will not be able to "slaughter his way to legitimacy."

Mourners pack auditorium for John Glenna s life celebration

Mourners who braved cold and icy roads are packing an Ohio State University auditorium ahead of a memorial service for space pioneer John Glenn as his funeral procession approaches the hall. Barricades have been placed along the main road from the Statehouse to Mershon Auditorium to accommodate the procession of Glenn's hearse to the memorial service called "a celebration of life" for the former fighter pilot, astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio.

Protesters rip GOP for taking away next governor’s influence

Protesters say the North Carolina legislature's actions limiting the next governor's influence before he even takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy their candidate didn't win re-election. "We voted for a new governor and they're choosing to come and ... take away the power," said Caren Parker of Carrboro, among the crowd who demonstrated this week against the Republican-controlled General Assembly, leading to more than 50 arrests.

Trump’s Cabinet selections signal a bold shift after Obama

Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. Trump, a Republican who pledged major changes after eight years of a Democratic White House, has assembled nominees for a Cabinet that includes many business executives who have never served in government, and military leaders are in line to oversee defense and homeland security.

Chinese navy seizes U.S. drone in first serious incident between militaries in years

China did it to to ensure 'safe navigation of passing ships' while the Pentagon says the drone was being used for oceanic research - they have filed a formal complaint and want their drone back. BEIJING-China said Saturday that its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea to ensure the “safe navigation of passing ships,” in one of the most serious incidents between the two militaries in years.

‘Making words great again’: Internet ridicules Trump for…

President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his Saturday morning complaining about the seizure of an American underwater drone by the Chinese only to have everyone ridicule him for coining the word "unpresidented" - which some called a Freudian slip. Addressing the taking of the boat, Trump tweeted : "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act."

What Did Donald Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

As news rolls in about Russia's likely sabotage of the American political system, the noose is beginning to tighten uncomfortably around Republicans. The only question that matters now is this: what did Donald Trump know about the hacks on his political opponents, and when did he know it? It is becoming increasingly clear from all sides that Russian intelligence-likely at the specific direction of Vladimir Putin -perpetrated the hack on the Democratic National Committee and on Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Trump wants SC Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director

As he prepared for the final stop on his postelection "thank you" tour, President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday announced his pick for White House budget director, a tough-on-spending conservative congressman who advocates balancing the federal books. South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, elected in the 2010 tea party wave and a founder of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, is a "very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation's finances and save our country from drowning in red ink," Trump said in a statement.

Partisan wrangling intensifies over Russian election interference

As President Obama pointed his finger directly at the Russians over election year hacking of Democratic Party aides, intelligence officials are now presenting a united front about Russian involvement in the 2016 race for President, as Mr. Obama defended the conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. "The intelligence that I've seen gives me great confidence in their assessment that the Russians carried out this hack," the President said, blaming Russia for getting emails both from the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta.

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Feature Teacher: Emily Sapienza

Each month we profile a different teacher in the Camden and Rockport public school systems so our community gets to know the strength of the teaching staff in our classrooms. "My favorite thing about being here is that my students are brilliant," said Emily Sapienza on a Friday afternoon.

The Latest: Trump awaits last ‘thank you’ rally, in Alabama

President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

Sen. Toomey Previews New Administrationa s Goals in Weekly Address

Sen. Pat Toomey delivered this week's Republican address talking about a variety of issues and how the GOP would tackle them in the new administration. The senator cited repealing and replacing Obamacare, fixing infrastructure in America, working to "reform our convoluted tax code" and eliminating "regulations and red tape that have slowed the economy" as some of the objectives for Republicans.

N.C. protesters rip GOP for taking away next governor’s ‘power’

Protesters say the North Carolina legislature's actions limiting the next governor's influence before he even takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy their candidate didn't win re-election. "We voted for a new governor and they're choosing to come and ... take away the power," said Caren Parker of Carrboro, among the crowd who demonstrated this week against the Republican-controlled General Assembly, leading to more than 50 arrests.

Trump Taps Fiscally Conservative Lawmaker Mulvaney to Head OMB

President-elect Donald Trump chose Representative Mick Mulvaney, a founding member of an outspoken group of fiscal conservatives who helped oust a former U.S. House speaker, to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. "We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget," Trump said Saturday in an e-mailed statement.

Donald Trump slams China for seizing US naval drone in SCS5 min ago

Washington, Dec 17 : President-elect Donald Trump today slammed China for seizing an American naval drone in international waters of the disputed South China Sea, even as the Pentagon demanded its immediate release amid outrage from US lawmakers. "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act," Trump said in a tweet this morning.

NASA to Celebrate John Glenn’s Legacy with Memorial Service Today


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Ohio State University in Columbus will host the memorial service for Glenn, who died on Dec. 8 at age 95. The service, entitiled "John Glenn: Celebrating a Life of Service," will begin at 2 p.m. EST and will be streamed live on NASA TV . You can also watch the webcast here , courtesy of NASA TV.

Drug overdose deaths increase significantly in past 5 years

In this June 17, 2016 file photo, Erika Marble visits the gravesite of Edward Martin III, her fiancA and father of her two children, in Littleton, N.H. The 28-year old died Nov. 30, 2014, from an overdose of the opioid Fentanyl. Drug overdose deaths increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the U.S. as of 2016.

Trump salutes supporters in Florida, names budget director

President-elect Donald Trump, in the latest stop of his victory lap, told a military veteran-laden crowd in Florida that while he would build up the country's armed forces, he would use them sparingly as commander-in-chief. "For too long, we've moving from one reckless intervention to another, to countries you've never heard of before," Trump said at a rally Friday night in Orlando.

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US President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks to journalists during his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria US President Barack Obama on Friday strongly suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the computer hacks of Democratic Party emails that American intelligence officials say were aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump win the Nov. 8 election.

John Glenn lies in honor at Ohio capitol for public goodbye

John Glenn's home state and the nation began saying goodbye to the beloved astronaut Friday starting with a public viewing of his flag-draped casket inside Ohio's Statehouse rotunda. Politicians, including Secretary of State John Kerry, and ordinary citizens from across the country paid their respects to the first American to orbit Earth as a somber Marine honor guard kept watch.

The Cold War, Continued: Post-Election Russophobia

Corporate TV news anchors including MSNBC's Chris Hayes are reporting as fact-with fuming indignation-that Russia not only sought to influence the U.S. election but to throw the vote to Donald Trump. The main accusation is that the DNC and Podesta emails leaked through WikiLeaks were provided by state-backed Russian hackers .

Diversify college campuses to prevent echo chambers

After Donald Trump's election, some universities echoed with primal howls. Faculty members canceled classes for weeping, terrified students who asked: How could this possibly be happening? I share apprehensions about President-elect Trump, but I also fear the reaction was evidence of how insular universities have become.

Millions to travel, celebrate holidays

Jonathan Zayas snuggles with his 1-year-old son Nathaniel as he is greeted by his wife, Mabell, on Friday at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field after his return home to Arkansas for the holidays. He had been working in Florida.

N.C. GOP strips governor of some authority

North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and they were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move that critics said flies in the face of voters. Just last week, it appeared Republicans were ready to accept Democrats' narrow win in a contentious governor's race.

E-cigarette fires, injuries on the rise, FDA reports

In this April 2016 photo provided by the law office of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C., Marc Eli Freund stands next to his client Katrina Williams at the law firm's offices in New York, as she recovers from injuries she said says she got from an exploding e-cigarette. MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon.

Court rejects injunction to block DoL fiduciary rule

A federal appeals court has rejected an annuities trade group's request to postpone the implementation deadline for Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, the latest legal setback for opponents of the controversial regulation. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the National Association for Fixed Annuities' emergency motion to delay the rule, concluding that the group "has not satisfied the stringent requirements for an injunction pending appeal."

Obama, rapping Putin, says US could strike back on cyber

President Barack Obama has put Russia's Vladimir Putin on notice that the U.S. could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. presidential election, his strongest suggestion to date that Putin had been well aware of campaign email hacking. Caught in the middle of a post-election controversy over Russian hacking, Obama strongly defended his administration's response, including his refusal before the voting to ascribe motive to the meddling or to discuss now what effect it might have had.

Democrats eye confirmation fight over Trump’s Treasury pick

Democrats are eyeing the Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's Treasury secretary pick selection as a prime opportunity to chip away at the Republican's populist appeal with working-class voters and begin rebuilding their own party's economic message. Given the narrow GOP majority in the Senate, Steven Mnuchin is likely to be confirmed.

People pay heartfelt tribute to 855 martyrs of 1979 Assam agitation

Guwahati, Dec. 17 : For the first time in Assam's history and after a gap of 30 long years, the present Assam government organized an event in the memory of those martyrs, who had given up their lives in the hope of an "Infiltration Free Assam" in the 1979 Assam agitation. [NK More] The grand ceremony named "Shraddhanjali" was held at Khanapara Veterinary College playground recently here.

Mulligan for Mulligan in 2017 mayoral race?

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Illegal Crossings at US-Mexico Border Reach Levels Not Seen Since 2014

The number of undocumented immigrants being apprehended on the U.S. southwest border has nearly reached the levels of the 2014 summer border crisis, driven particularly by families, officials say. The influx stems from an increase in migration from Central America, Haitian nationals from Brazil and Cuban nationals, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection .

US intelligence leaders agree on Russian intervention in election

Washington, Dec 17 : Major US intelligence leaders have expressed support for an assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency that Russia intervened in the November 8 election to help Donald Trump win the White House, the media reported on Saturday. [NK US] CIA Director John Brennan said he met Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey and Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper earlier this week, and "there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election".

Duterte on US aid issue: Prepare to say goodbye

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned the United States that he would abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement signed between the two countries. Duterte made the pronouncement upon his arrival in Davao City early Saturday from his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

Death Row Inmate in Vegas Strip Case Wins Separate Appeal

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215 Reopened in Vegas After Wind-Related Closure

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [] 215 Reopened in Vegas After Wind-Related Closure A portion of the highway is open again after a lengthy closure prompted by gusts that reached 50 mph in the Las Vegas area.

Obama Says Russia, Iran, Syria Have ‘Blood On Hands’ In Aleppo

U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia, Iran, and Syria have "blood on their hands" from their brutal takeover of Aleppo. U.S. President Barack Obama charged that Russia, Iran, and Syria have "blood on their hands" from their brutal takeover of Aleppo even as he lamented being unable to stop the bloodshed in Syria despite years of effort.

‘National Geographic’ just made history with its new cover

'National Geographic' just made history with its new cover - As part of its January 2017 issue exploring our evolving understandings and definitions of gender, National Geographic is featuring nine-year-old transgender rights activist Avery Jackson on its cover - the first time a trans person has made the cover of the magazine.

County needs storm debris ordinance to qualify for FEMA funds

One of the first orders of business for the Chatham County Commission in the new year, or sooner, is to enact a local ordinance that gives clear legal responsibility for storm debris clean-up to the county government. The lack of such an ordinance, according to U.S. Rep Buddy Carter and others, has apparently been a stumbling block in getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse Chatham County for clearing storm debris from inside gated communities.

Trump Promises Syria ‘Safe Zones,’ Obama Says No Easy Fix

President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would build "safe zones" to try to help civilians trapped in Syria's bloody conflict, an idea that President Barack Obama said would be too hard to enforce. Trump and Obama spoke separately of the conflict after efforts to evacuate civilians from the city of Aleppo ground to a halt on Friday after weeks of bombardments by the Syrian army.