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Strasbourg market attack suspect killed in police shootout

Strasbourg market attack suspect killed in police shootoutSTRASBOURG, France (AP) The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:37:57 -0500
Khashoggi murder: Senate defies Trump and votes to hold Saudi crown prince responsible for killing

Khashoggi murder: Senate defies Trump and votes to hold Saudi crown prince responsible for killingThe Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Defying Donald Trumps desire to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia including lucrative weapons deals, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker proposed the legislation, which has been backed by at least 10 of his fellow Republicans. The CIA is reported to have assessed with high confidence that Crown Prince Mohammed was involved in the order to kill Mr Khashoggi, partly based on the judgement that as the countrys de facto ruler he would have had to have known.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:21:00 -0500
EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiations

EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiationsBy Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he had no mandate to reopen Brexit negotiations with Britain, while the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he "admired" Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk and Juncker were speaking at a news conference after two days of talks at an EU summit that were dominated by the issue of Brexit and saw the other 27 national leaders of the bloc offer May only vague assurances over their Brexit deal. "I have no mandate to organize any further negotiations. ...

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:25:41 -0500
After losing court battle, DeVos to cancel $150 million in student loan debt

After losing court battle, DeVos to cancel $150 million in student loan debtDeVos proposed restricting "borrower defense" claims filed by former students whose schools closed or made false promises, but has to carry out regulations after court rulings sided with students.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:37:06 -0500
Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think

Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britains departure date?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:25:52 -0500
Jared Kushner Calls U.S. Criminal Justice System The 'Best In The World.' It's Not.

Jared Kushner Calls U.S. Criminal Justice System The 'Best In The World.' It's Not.Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made a rare television

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:07:56 -0500
NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels

NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levelsNew York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled. Authorities also are asking the three companies to take steps to prevent dangerous toys from reaching store shelves.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:10:28 -0500
Wall St. tumbles on global growth worries, J&J decline

Wall St. tumbles on global growth worries, J&J declineThe S&P 600 <.SPCY> small cap index confirmed it was in a bear market after closing 20.05 percent below its Aug. 31 peak, falling 1.6 percent on the day. The Johnson & Johnson report, which the company has disputed, sent its shares tumbling 10 percent in heavy volume, making it the biggest weight from a single stock on the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials. Investors focused on global growth concerns and worried about U.S. growth after China reported weak monthly retail sales growth and industrial output numbers, as disappointing economic data was released from the euro zone.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:54:11 -0500
Christmas Day restaurant bookings are on the rise but would you swap a home-cooked lunch for dining out?

Christmas Day restaurant bookings are on the rise  but would you swap a home-cooked lunch for dining out?Would you choose a restaurant for the Christmas Day meal just to avoid the inevitable mountain of washing up? Or is there nothing that can tempt you away from lunch at home and yourown perfectly crisproast potatoes? For an increasing number of us it'sthe former that most appeals, according toa recent OpenTable survey whichshowed that restaurant bookingson Christmas Day haverisen by 240 per centin the last five years. Between 2016 and 2017, reservations jumped by 14 per cent, and they are expected to increase again this Christmas. British cuisine is the most popular choice for a meal out, with 19 per cent of people heading outfor traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, but Italian restaurants are also a firm favourite for Christmas Day, counting for 12 per cent of bookings. For many Telegraph readersthe choice to eat out is a simple one when faced with the prospect of cooking for a crowd (or, indeed, spending more time than isnecessary with certain members of the extended family), as ittakesthe stress out of preppingthe food as well as theclearing up afterwards. My family have gone out for Christmas Day dinner for the last few years," says Natalie Richardson, from Leeds. "It reduces the hassle of ordering ingredients and the hours spent preparing the food, giving us more time to enjoy the day, she explains.We often go to a local pub which doesthree-course offer.Once, we went to our local curry house and had chicken korma for Christmas dinner. Electing to gather at a restaurant also means that the cook of the house isn't left out of the celebrations. "For me, it means no stressing in the kitchen while everyone else gets to relax, chat and enjoy a drink," says Abigail Theodosiou, from Sanderstead in Croydon. "We tend to have a lovely easy breakfast (Waitrose frozen croissants and scrambled eggs), get ready,go out, and then head home assoon as the meal is finished to relax in a tidy(ish!) house and open our presents, followed bycheese and chocolates." Theodosiou is one of a number who choose a country-style pub over a restaurant; "withlovely big fires, they're cosier." And there's no doubt that it takes the pressure off catering for different dietaryrequirements. "With a mix of meat-eaters and vegetarians, we can order whatever we like." At a glance | The top cuisines booked for Christmas Day dining last year But for The Telegraphs award-winning cookery writer Diana Henry, to book a table outis to lose something of the essential spirit of Christmas. Ive only been out for Christmas lunch once when my parents had builders in, so the kitchen was out of action and it was a disaster. The entire family just muttered about how much better it was at home. I think something is really missing in restaurants you have to be quieter, so you cant have that unbuttoned bonhomie and largesse that is part of Christmas." The cost of eating out might be another reason to host at home, she reasons.You can open another bottle of wine without considering how big a bill youre racking up;you can have seconds;you can tell risqu jokes. Things are just a little more sedate in a restaurant. Plus, no matter where you go outside the home, a Christmas dinner will always tastekind of institutional away from it. Roast potatoes that have been hanging round for an hour or more just dont cut it." Get cooking | Diana Henrys latest recipes Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay agrees, and suggests the chief cook of the house simply enlists helpers for the washing up, to minimise the pressure. Eating out is a great option if you find the whole meal a massive stress fest, but dont kid yourself that itll be the same as hanging out at the family table," she says. "Few restaurants offer second helpings, andif you want a sofa to stagger to after lunch, you may need to book a table at a hotel with a decent lounge area. Prices will, quite properly, be inflated the staff will need a hefty bonus to justify coming in to work." For many people, having the whole family descend on the house for an unending supplyof food and drink is simply unthinkable especially if space is tight. "I love going toparties but I wouldn't want to host one myself," says the award-winningtravel blogger Sofie Couwenbergh."My home is my safe space, plus it's far too small!" It's always worth checking before splashing out, says Xanthe Clay. If you are booking the big dinner out to give the cook a rest, do check its actually what they want not just a way to alleviate your own guilt for not manning the kitchen yourself. They may complain, but lots of home cooks actually love the opportunity for a bit of culinary muscle flexing. Bear in mind that their Christmas wish may be as simple as appreciation in ladlefuls, and all the washing up done well into the New Year. Ultimately, it depends on the nature of the gathering, says Diana Henry.In a restaurant you dont get those golden moments when the entire family gather round the oven looking at the turkey saying Do you think its cooked yet?. The whole meal is anevent that you all take part in. Should you still prefer the idea of rocking up to a reservation, heading off on a walk and coming home to a kitchen that doesnt look like the scene of a crime, here are some of our favourite restaurants across the country taking bookings for Christmas Day itself... Our pick of the best | Restaurants taking bookings on Christmas Day 2018

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:00:00 -0500
Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an inactive West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:32:53 -0500
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