NC’s Cooper says GOP ‘broke its word,’ pledges to sue

North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said Thursday the state GOP "broke its word" on a deal to repeal the "bathroom bill" and pledged once again to sue the GOP for moves to curtail his powers and advantaging the GOP in election years. Since Cooper narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in a drawn-out election last month, the state Republican Party has moved swiftly to curtail the Democrat's future authority on several matters and advantaging the GOP in election years.

Trump: US must grow nuclear arsenal

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons. His comments on Twitter came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities should be a chief military objective in the coming year.

Logic

Let's follow these Tweets by Michael Tracey: I love that. But I do realize that logic and supporting proof presented in an solid argument will not convince the delusional and so many are.

4 Washington state electors to be fined $1,000 for vote

Four Washington state electors who cast their vote for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton will each be fined $1,000 next week, the secretary of state's office said Thursday. David Ammons , a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman , told The Associated Press that the electors will have 60 days to pay the fine, and said the office is putting together an appeals process in case of a challenge.

Trump can’t force ‘sanctuary cities’ to enforce his deportation plans

Cities and public universities are exercising their constitutional authority when they declare themselves " sanctuaries " in response to Donald Trump's vow to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants upon taking office next month. Trump has threatened to force state and local governments to implement his deportation policies, including by taking away federal funds, but such actions would be unconstitutional and likely halted by the courts.

License issued for $1B Montana power storage project

A Montana company has been granted a license to build a $1 billion, 400-megawatt power storage project in the central part of the state that would supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources, according to documents released Thursday by federal regulators. The 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Absaroka Energy, of Bozeman, Montana, to construct and operate the project on a 177-acre site near the tiny town of Martinsdale, home to fewer than 100 people.

AEM Ignites Discussion on the Future of Infrastructure

A fast start followed by a year of non-stop programming drove AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 to success in 2016. Launch efforts included the release of its Mobility 2050 report, a multi-layered external communication effort, and the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge , a crowdsourced, incentivized competition to solicit groundbreaking solutions to pressing infrastructure challenges in the United States.

Failed repeal: Local legislators talk about HB2 Updated at

The way forward on House Bill 2 will be tricky since Republicans and Democrats do not trust each other, according to N.C. Sen. Jerry Tillman. He also said some legislators question whether the N.C. General Assembly made a mistake when they met in a special session on March 23 to pass HB2, which nullified a Charlotte ordinance that was set to take effect in a few days.

California Dems ready to fight Trump’s immigration plans

Six weeks after President-elect Donald Trump's election, people still pack California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon's Los Angeles district office. His constituents of Latino, Korean, and Armenian descent wait in his front office, waiting for a moment to share their fears about Trump with California's most powerful state lawmaker.

Why the white working class votes against itself

Maybe they believed any Big Government expansions would disproportionately go to the "wrong" kinds of people - that is, people unlike themselves. Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss, particularly in traditionally blue strongholds, has led to lots of rumination about what the Democrats must do to reclaim their political territory.

Trump’s tweets on nuclear arsenal, Israel signal major policy changes

Before lunchtime Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump said he would expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal , upending a reduction course set by presidents of both parties over the past four decades, and called for the United States to veto a pending U.N. resolution that criticized Israel's settlements policy. The policy prescriptions, communicated in morning tweets, followed calls since last month's election to reconsider the arms-length U.S. relationship with Taiwan and to let China keep an underwater U.S. vessel seized by its navy.

Aleppo and American decline

The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama's abdication.

Ohio Adopts Preemption Legislation, Blocking Local Minimum Wage Hikes …

On Monday, December 19, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 331 , which prohibits municipalities and other political subdivisions from raising the minimum wage beyond Ohio's state minimum wage rate, currently set at $8.10 an hour . The bill appears to be a direct reaction to two separate labor union-backed local initiatives: Cleveland's "Fight for 15" movement, which was a failed effort to aggressively increase Cleveland's minimum wage to $15 an hour; and Youngstown's "Part-Time Bill of Rights" proposal, which was a separate attempt to provide part-time workers with certain employment benefits, including paid time off and advanced notice of work schedules.

Suspicious fumes at Florida home leads to FBI-assisted probe

This December 2016 photo provided by the Pasco Sheriff's Office shows Sherif Elganainy. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, it's assisting a Tampa Bay area law enforcement agency in the potential terrorism activity of Elganainy, who was arrested after his father was taken to a hospital due to suspicious fumes in the family home.

Release of emails by Chicago mayor doesn’t end dispute

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to release thousands of pages of private emails does not end a dispute in Illinois about public access to such emails from him and other officials when they deal with government business. Emanuel announced late Wednesday that he had settled a lawsuit by a government watchdog group over emails from his personal accounts, but it allows him and his personal lawyer to decide which emails are public records and which are not.

Trump Selects Top Republican Party Strategist as Press Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump named Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, choosing an establishment Republican with longstanding relationships among Washington political journalists and the party's leadership in Congress. The elevation of Spicer, 45, may signal Trump's interest in building a working relationship with the same mainstream media he bashes in speeches aimed at disenfranchised, working-class voters.

Trump Winery Plans to Hire More Immigrant Workers

Go ahead and raise your eyebrows now: Trump Winery wants to add six new immigrant laborers to its staff. Though the Virginia-based winery is owned and operated by Donald Trump's son Eric, the move is a textbook example of the hypocrisy and self-serving dealings of the Trump campaign.

Prosecutors: ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate’s confession legal

A Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" has no basis for his claims that his confession wasn't voluntary and shouldn't be released from prison as a judge has ordered, state attorneys argued in a court filing. Brendan Dassey, now 27, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier.

Deep divide stops effort to repeal North Carolina LGBT law

A supposedly bipartisan deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law collapsed when both sides balked and started blaming each other, likely meaning their state will keep being shunned by corporations, entertainers and high-profile sporting events. After more than nine hours of backroom discussions and sporadic public effort, Republican state legislators quit trying to repeal the law called House Bill 2 and went home Wednesday night.

Lawyer says Wahlberg movie unfair to Boston bomber’s widow

A lawyer for Katherine Russell, widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, says the new film "Patriots Day" is unfair because it suggests she knew something was up before the attack and then didn't co-operate with the investigation afterward. "It's just not true," lawyer Amato DeLuca told The Associated Press.

Clinton wins popular vote by nearly 2.9 million

Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate. Certified results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,844,610 million votes - 48 percent __ to Trump's 62,979,636 million votes __ 46 percent - according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Forensic science is a mess, and the Justice Department wants to keep it that way

"A White House council has declared junk science all too common in the criminal justice system, but the Department of Justice is refusing to implement recommendations that would increase safeguards against scientifically invalid testimony and require greater disclosure of misconduct and shoddy work. In September the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology released a report finding 'a dismaying frequency of instances of use of forensic evidence' - such as analyses of hair, bite marks, and shoe prints - 'that do not pass an objective test of scientific validity.'

Moss Point native and Princeton professor shares his post-election thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump

Last weekend, President-elect Donald Trump visited Mobile as part of his "Thank You" tour across the country. In August, the Mississippi Press spoke with Moss Point native Eddie S. Glaude Jr. , who chairs the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University and who penned a column for TIME titled, "My Democratic Problem With Voting for Hillary Clinton."

Delta Passengers Say Adam Saleh Is Lying [VIDEO]

YouTube prankster Adam Saleh was "definitely racebaiting" when he claimed that he was kicked off of a Delta Airlines flight on Wednesday for speaking Arabic, a fellow passenger is claiming. And the boyfriend of another man on the London-New York City flight says that Saleh is a "social media whore" who is lying about what happened before he was booted from the Delta airplane.

Trump Set To Meet With Legal Hawk On Regulatory Policy

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with a legal hawk on U.S. regulatory policy Thursday afternoon, according to the Trump Transition pool report.

Black Lives Matter Finally Protests Chicago’s Violence

Demonstrators block access to a store during a protest intending to disrupt Black Friday shopping in Chicago, Illinois, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Lott Black Lives Matter, joined by other Chicago community activists, protested Chicago's rising violence outside the mayor's house Wednesday night.

Russia, Syria Turn The Tide In Syrian Civil War

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this October 20, 2015 file photo. To match Insight MIDEAST-CRISIS-SYRIA/PUTIN REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/ Files ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

What Gov. Pence is doing for Christmas Read Story Chelsea Schneider, Indy Star/USA Today Network

Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined other volunteers on the serving line during lunchtime Wednesday at Wheeler Mission Ministries in Downtown Indianapolis. Pence, who has visited the organization that serves the homeless community several times, said he and President-elect Donald Trump will focus on getting people "that have been left behind in this economy back to work."

Almond drink? Soy juice? Some lawmakers want to crack down on what can be sold as ‘milk’

A group of more than 20 U.S. legislators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration demanding it require the makers of soy milk, almond milk and rice milk to drop "milk" from the label of anything that doesn't come directly from an animal. In the latest salvo in a nearly two-decades-old fight over what should and shouldn't be called milk, a group of more than 20 U.S. legislators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration demanding it require the makers of soy milk, almond milk and rice milk to drop "milk" from the label of anything that doesn't come directly from an animal.

Hope for the rebellion: A 2016 L…

"Rogue One," the latest movie in the "Star Wars" franchise, opened last week. Without leaking any spoilers, trailers have revealed a key line as protagonist Jyn Erso rallies the beleaguered rebels: "We have hope.

Inquiry says Snowden in contact with Russia’s spy services

A declassified report on a congressional investigation into Edward Snowden says the former National Security Agency contractor has remained in contact with Russian intelligence services since he arrived in Moscow three years ago. Snowden in 2013 revealed U.S. government efforts to hack into the data pipelines used by U.S. companies to serve customers overseas.

Lieberman defends Trump’s controversial Israel ambassador pick

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman on Thursday defended President-elect Donald Trump's controversial selection as the next Israel ambassador, explaining that "some of the things he said really don't reflect what he believes." "I think you're going to find in the weeks ahead in the confirmation process on David Friedman that it's going to be very clear that he wants -- he and President Trump want to be a part of achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians -- and that some of the things he said don't really reflect what he believes," Lieberman said in an interview on "New Day."

New Statutes Impact Bid Protests of Task Order Awards

Two new statutes - the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016 - greatly impact the ability of government contractors to pursue bid protests of task order awards. The NDAA increases the jurisdictional threshold from $10 million to $25 million to file a bid protest at the Government Accountability Office for Department of Defense task order awards.

How Trump Can Repeal and Replace DACA

The issue of illegal immigration was a central plank in the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump and played no small role in getting him elected to the White House. His populist, "America First" position spoke to the economic anxieties of many Americans, and it could be argued that he has a mandate to make immigration enforcement a key priority in the first year of his presidency.

Who elected Putin master of the GOP? | Editorial

If America lets Russia get away with this cyberattack, who will be the next target? Russia launched cyberattacks into our election, and senior U.S. intelligence officials now say they have "high confidence" Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking and was personally involved in deciding how the stolen material was leaked and used. We can't just shrug that off and say there's nothing to be done.

Barack’s bungling in Syria and Turkey: A Jersey guy explains where he went wrong |…

The recent assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey raises a question about the U.S. role in the Syrian civil war: The Somerset County native is a veteran of the CIA who has been warning about our Mideast meddling since early in the Bush 43 administration. Back then, Giraldi was among a handful of retired intelligence professionals who were warning that the Beltway intelligentsia, not content on having screwed up Iraq, had their eyes on Syria.

Left, right prep for battle royal over Sessions

Nearly 150 outside groups on the left mobilizing to stop Sessions have delivered a stern, no-compromise message to incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer Left, right prep for battle royal over Sessions DNC hopeful Harrison touts red state experience White House staff pranks Obama with snowmen MORE "We've already been engaged with Schumer's office with a real demand that he should stand up and fight and we will fight anyone who seeks to be an enabler for a racist overseeing our Justice Department," said Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, which describes itself as the nation's largest online racial justice organization. "People really have two choices.

Who Suspects What in U.S. Probe of Russia Hacking: QuickTake Q&A

When it came to disrupting the 2016 presidential election, this much is clear: U.S. investigators say a hacking campaign directed by the Russian government morphed from making mischief to hurting Hillary Clinton. The repercussions of that effort will be reverberating through U.S. as well as European politics in the year ahead.  A consensus has emerged among U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the CIA and FBI, that the Russian hacking began as a broad operation to collect information on Democratic and Republican groups with an aim to interfere in elections and undermine confidence in American democracy.

Report: Four People Arrested in Connection With Berlin Attack Suspect

German police arrested four people who had been in contact with A Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people, media reports said on Thursday, as a nationwide manhunt for the migrant was underway. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in which a truck plowed through crowds gathered around wooden huts selling gifts, mulled wine and sausages on Monday evening.

Tech luminaries we lost in 2016


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In 2016, the world got a little bit smaller as we said goodbye to many of the tech industry's founders. Yet those innovators left behind legacies and technology that brought us all closer - whether it's the Internet we use daily, digital artwork that inspires us or a futuristic vision we still strive to realize.

FEMA exposed hundreds to potentially fatal toxin

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has acknowledged that hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were exposed to a potentially fatal toxin while training at a FEMA facility in Alabama, according to an Associated Press report. The federal agency released a statement Wednesday saying that they had received no reports of illness as a result of the ricin exposure.

Exclusive – Japan seeks to win Thai air defense radar contract: sources

FILE PHOTO: A F-16 fighter jet from the Thai Royal Air Force performs during a media demonstration at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand, November 24, 2015. Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source.

Dog lover spends A 20,000 on her 30 pet pugs per year

'Get my work off your walls!' Ivanka Trump hit by protest from artists demanding their work be removed from her famous home because they're 'embarrassed' to be associated with her family Jury recommends death penalty for sex offender dubbed 'Jaws' who murdered four women while wearing an ankle monitor - and he AGREES with the verdict North Carolina Senate REJECTS repeal of controversial 'bathroom bill' - leaving transgender people banned from using the toilet of their choice Another hate crime hoax: Muslim Michigan student 'made up' claims man told her to remove her hijab or he would set her on fire Zsa Zsa Gabor's widower gives morbid tour of her bedroom - including her deathbed - as the couple's 'houseboy' dishes on their 'abnormal' marriage and claims they lived completely separate lives Professional poker player Phil Ivey is ordered to pay back Atlantic City casino $10 MILLION in ... (more)

12 Days of Christmas Lights: Day 9

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Munro is one of America’s best

A painting illustrates a group of small boats evacuating the Marines. The man who volunteered to lead the five Higgins boats and positioned himself and his boats in harm's way to cover the withdrawal, was a signalman 1st class in the United States Coast Guard.

Monte Paschi Seen Headed for Nationalization

Banca Monte Dei Paschi di Siena SpA is reportedly heading toward nationalization as the firm failed to find sufficient demand for a $5.2 billion increase in capital. Bloomberg's Michael Moore is joined by Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on "Bloomberg Surveillance."

Putin: Russia’s military is stronger than anyone’s

The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the... The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the presidential... By The Associated Press The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of alert for aviation after what it says was a brief explosion of a volcano on the Aleutian Islands.

Trump threatens electronic rights, EFF warns


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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is keenly worried that President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will step up surveillance activities and pass laws to curtail electronic rights. As a result, the EFF is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs.

Please clarify Trump teama s double standard

Secretary Clinton received emails on private server, but it's all right that our president-elect receives phone calls from foreign dignitaries on an unsecured cellphone. The Clinton Foundation was a pay-to-play scheme, but Ivanka Trump gets to sit in on a meeting with Japanese dignitaries while her company is negotiating a licensing agreement that would be funded by Japanese government-owned banks.

Omogbo leads Rams year after death of parents in house fire

In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, photo, Colorado State guard Prentiss Nixon, left, congratulates forward Emmanuel Omogbo after he scored a basket and drew a foul by Kansas State during an NCAA college basketball game in Den... . In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, photo, tributes are written in marker on the heel caps of the basketball shoes of Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State i... .

Trump ramps up anti-Muslim rhetoric

President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Germany was "an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped." He also suggested he might go forward with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

So much for ‘draining the swamp’

One of Donald Trump's most trusted aides is setting up a government consulting shop a block from the White House - a move that complicates the president-elect's promises to "drain the swamp" of Washington. Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, and former Trump adviser Barry Bennett announced Wednesday they are starting a government relations and political consulting firm called Avenue Strategies.

FEMA: Ohio emergency responders were exposed to deadly toxin

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has acknowledged that hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were exposed to a potentially fatal toxin while training at a FEMA facility in Alabama. The federal agency released a statement Wednesday saying that they have received no reports of illness as a result of the ricin exposure.

Amid scrutiny, Eric Trump to stop raising money for charity

One of President-elect Donald Trump 's sons will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father. Eric Trump said Wednesday that it pained him to cease soliciting donations for his organization, which he says has raised more than $15 million for terminally ill children with cancer.

Russian hackers tracked Ukrainian artillery units using Android implant: report

A hacking group linked to the Russian government and high-profile cyber attacks against Democrats during the U.S. presidential election likely used a malware implant on Android devices to track and target Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 through 2016, according to a new report released Thursday. The malware was able to retrieve communications and some locational data from infected devices, intelligence that would have likely been used to strike against the artillery in support of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine, the report from cyber security firm CrowdStrike found.

Wednesday’s Games

Canada isn't getting too far ahead of themselves despite two straight shutout wins in pre-tournament play at the world junior hockey championship. TRURO, N.S. - Shawn Evans admits his team has had its share of peaks and valleys during the first half of the Maritime Junior Hockey League season.

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She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she's doing well. Uber pulled its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke their registrations, officials said Wednesday.

Getting accurate facts, opinions key to democracy

He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it's a safe bet that had he known about fake internet news, he'd have said the same thing - except maybe with more pointed words. Our representative democracy depends on ordinary people making sound judgments about politicians and policy.

Cybersecurity firm finds proof Russian military unit was behind DNC hack

A cybersecurity firm has uncovered strong proof of the tie between the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee and Russia's military intelligence arm - the primary agency behind the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 election. The firm CrowdStrike linked malware used in the DNC intrusion to malware used to hack and track an Android phone app used by the Ukrainian army in its battle against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine from late 2014 through 2016.