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Official: Train brake automatically activated in fatal wreck

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday. … [Read more...]

U.S. gives China draft proposal for tougher North Korea sanctions – sources

By Michelle Nichols and Steve Holland UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has given China a draft resolution for tougher U.N. sanctions on North Korea and is hoping for a quick vote on it by the U.N. Security Council, a Western diplomat said on Tuesday. A senior official of the Trump administration confirmed efforts were under way to negotiate a new U.N. resolution, but added … [Read more...]

Kim Jong Un expands his war on Christmas with new ban on singing and drinking

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has upped the ante in his war on Christmas with a new rule that prohibits any "gatherings that involve alcohol and singing." … [Read more...]

Saudis Say They Have Intercepted Another Rebel Missile Targeting 'Top Leadership'

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a “top leadership” meeting at the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital. … [Read more...]

Bob Corker Accuses Wolf Blitzer Of 'Having A Great Time' Pressing Him About Tax Bill Vote

got visibly angry with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during an interview Tuesday night. … [Read more...]

North Korea's Secret Fortune: $10 Trillion in Minerals?

Kim might be sitting on a vast reserve of natural resources--if he can ever get it out of the ground.  North Korea's Secret Fortune: $10 Trillion in Minerals? While international sanctions and its own lack of resources have hindered the development of the hermit kingdom’s energy and resource sector, it can expect plenty of help from its friends should the barriers to extraction be removed. The … [Read more...]

Mexican journalist killed attending event at child's school

AMexican journalist was shot dead at an elementary school Christmas party Tuesday in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, becoming at least the 10th journalist slain in the country this year. The state security coordinator said in a statement that dozens of parents and children were present as unidentified attackers shot 34-year-old Gumaro Perez Aguilando while he attended the Christmas event at his … [Read more...]

Congress faces tricky path to avoid government shutdown

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is struggling through another contentious week as infighting over defense spending, healthcare and other matters complicates the drive to pass a temporary spending bill by midnight on Friday to avert a partial government shutdown. In a week when President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are hoping to celebrate the … [Read more...]

U.S. seeks ship ban over North Korea violations, Moon proposes curtailing drills

By Michelle Nichols and David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has called on the U.N. Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumventing sanctions on North Korea, documents showed on Tuesday, while South Korea's President suggested curtailing military exercises with Washington to ease tensions ahead of next year's Winter Olympics. Documents seen by … [Read more...]

U.S. investigators seeking to interview crew members in fatal derailment

Safety investigators hope the engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that careened off a bridge onto a highway in Washington state can explain why his locomotive was traveling more than twice the speed limit when the deadly derailment occurred, officials said on Tuesday. Three people aboard the train were killed in the Monday morning wreck near the town of DuPont, in which all 12 carriages and one … [Read more...]

Sally Yates: Americans Need To Hold Lying Politicians Accountable

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates says the United States’ core democratic values are at risk unless Americans start demanding “objective truth” from politicians. … [Read more...]

Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Donald Trump: Why sexual harassment was 2017's story of the year

In 2017, headlines surrounding varied cultures of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct saturated American media and defined a news narrative that continues to build. From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, power structures that breed silence and fuel sexual misconduct were the most-discussed stories of the year. … [Read more...]

Alabama Conducting Voter Fraud Investigation Based On Man's Off-The-Cuff Comment

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says he is investigating concerns of voter fraud in last week’s Senate special election, even though he has publicly said there is no evidence of it. … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile fired toward Riyadh; no reported casualties

Saudi air defenses shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi group towards Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said, in an attack that could escalate a proxy war between the kingdom and Iran. … [Read more...]

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'

Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill. … [Read more...]

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? … [Read more...]

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses. … [Read more...]

84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax Bill

Fresh off an inspiring Democratic win in Alabama’s Senate race, hundreds of progressive activists, many of whom had physical disabilities, converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to protest the Republican tax bill. … [Read more...]