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UK to 'play its part' against IS » Full Story
David Cameron says Britain is ready to "play its part" in fighting Islamic State, which he calls an "evil against which the whole world must unite".

UN aims to block jihadist recruits » Full Story
The UN Security Council orders states to block the flow of jihadists to Iraq and Syria, as US jets bomb Islamic State (IS) militants.

Hollande condemns Algeria beheading » Full Story
French President Francois Hollande condemns the beheading in Algeria of tourist Herve Gourdel by a jihadist group linked to Islamic State militants.

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Bloomberg Took Secret Path to a New Schools Chief » Full Story
The secrecy around Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s selection of Cathleen P. Black to run the city’s schools highlighted his faith in business leaders and dislike of public debate.

Tentative Deal in Iraq Keeps Maliki in Power » Full Story
Iraq’s leaders reached a tentative agreement to end an eight-month political impasse and return Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to power.

Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping » Full Story
Starting Thursday, Wal-Mart plans to offer free shipping on its Web site, a move that may create an expectation among consumers and a threat to smaller retailers.

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Ovechkin, Vrana Lead Caps Over Hurricanes 6-5 in Shootout » Full Story
Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5.

Mary Hardin-Baylor Wins D-III Title, Beating Mt. Union 24-16 » Full Story
Jase Hammack threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Markeith Miller rushed for 90 yards and a score and Mary Hardin-Baylor won its second Division III national title in three years, beating defending champion Mount Union 24-16.

Budget Head Mulvaney Picked as Trump's Next Chief of Staff » Full Story
President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of contention for the job.

The Latest: Migrant Girl's Death Raises Questions » Full Story
A U.S. Border Patrol intake form obtained by The Associated Press says a 7-year-old girl who died in custody claimed "good health" when she was initially encountered by immigration authorities along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border.

UN Envoy: UN Monitors Needed to Observe Yemen Cease-Fire » Full Story
The U.N. envoy for Yemen is calling for the urgent deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces.

AP Source: White Sox Acquire 1B Alonso in Trade With Indians » Full Story
AP source: Chicago White Sox acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso in trade with Cleveland Indians.

Man Faces Numerous Felonies in Human Trafficking Case » Full Story
The New Mexico attorney general's office says a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping and other sex crimes will remain in custody pending trial on numerous charges.

US Land Managers in Utah to Tackle Wild Horse Population » Full Story
Federal land managers have cleared the way for population control measures for the wild horses in the Onaqui Mountains southwest of Salt Lake City.

Phoenix Man Gets 8 Months for Using Homes to Get Cash Loans » Full Story
A Phoenix man who falsely claimed ownership of homes to leverage them as collateral for loans will serve eight months in jail.

State Plans to Shift Group-Home Residents to Care Facility » Full Story
State officials plan to close five state-operated group homes on the campus of a state facility for developmentally disabled people and place the homes' nearly 20 occupants in intermediate care facilities on the same campus.

Vegas Team of Officers, Troopers Targets Drunken Drivers » Full Story
State and local police agencies have formed a team of officers to step up enforcement against drunken drivers in Las Vegas.

3rd Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB Begins to Receive F-35As » Full Story
The 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah is starting to fill up its planned roster of F-35A fighters.

Kyrie Irving Scores 24 Points, Celtics Beat Hawks 129-108 » Full Story
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.

Police Say Video of Toddler Yanked From Mom Not Whole Story » Full Story
A more complicated story is emerging from a video gone viral, showing a tug-of-war between a New York mother with a toddler and police yanking the boy from her.

Judge in Health Care Case Had Blocked Other Obama Policies » Full Story
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who struck down a key element of the Affordable Care Act that sent the rest of its structure toppling, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies.

August Trial Set for Fatal Florida Parking Dispute Shooting » Full Story
A trial date has been set in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a parking lot dispute in July.

August Trial Set for Fatal Florida Parking Dispute Shooting » Full Story
A trial date has been set in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a parking lot dispute in July.

Federal Judge Rules Health Care Overhaul Unconstitutional » Full Story
A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

GOP Candidate Says He Made Decision to Hire Ballot Operative » Full Story
The Republican candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race says it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation.

Rajapaksa Set to Quit as Sri Lanka's Premier to End Crisis » Full Story
A Sri Lankan lawmaker says disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis.

Pacers Spoil Embiid's 40-Point Night, Beat Sixers 113-101 » Full Story
Thaddeus Young had 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, and the Indiana Pacers overcame Joel Embiid's 40-point night to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-101 in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders.

4th Defendant in Malnourished Boy's Death Get Prison » Full Story
A man charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy has reached a plea agreement in the case.

Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's Capital » Full Story
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement.

1947 Best-Picture Oscar Sells for Nearly $500,000 at Auction » Full Story
One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars in Los Angeles.

Democratic Governor-Elect of New Mexico Begins Appointments » Full Story
Early Cabinet appointments by Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham hint at major changes for energy regulation and health care services come Jan. 1.

Florida Tale of Infidelity and Homicide Ends With Conviction » Full Story
After spellbinding trial featuring tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury convicts a Florida woman of helping to mastermind the killing of her husband decades ago.

7-Year-Old in Good Health, Border Agents Said; Then She Died » Full Story
7-year-old Guatemalan girl appeared healthy to Border Patrol agents; hours later she was dead.

Japanese Boat Owners Charged With Helping Smuggle Shark Fins » Full Story
U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins.

The Latest: 10 Fishermen Plead Guilty in Shark Fin Case » Full Story
U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins.

Dunleavy Budget Draft Includes Full Dividend, Not Back Pay » Full Story
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska's oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped.

Federal Judge in Texas Rules Obama's Health Care Overhaul Unconstitutional » Full Story
Federal judge in Texas rules Obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional.

Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's Capital: PM Morrison » Full Story
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its...

Teacher's Vehicle Stolen After Student Takes Keys » Full Story
Police say they recovered the vehicle of a Lake County teacher, four days after a student apparently stole the keys from a high school classroom.

Man Gets 15 Years in Prison After Old Sex Assault Kit Tested » Full Story
A man who was linked to the rape of a woman in Portland 22 years ago using DNA evidence from a shelved sexual assault kit has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

2 People Who Died at Scene of Wyoming House Fire Identified » Full Story
Authorities have released the names of two people who died at the scene of a house fire in central Wyoming.

Trump Plan for Census Citizenship Question Poised for Trial » Full Story
California's lawsuit against a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census appears headed for trial.

California DMV: 589 Voter Records Not Sent Before Election » Full Story
California's secretary of state is calling for new leadership at the embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that may have prevented people from voting.

China's November Home Price Growth Slows as Smaller Cities Cool » Full Story
By Christian ShepherdBEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's new home prices slowed in November as markets in smaller cities lost some of their heat,...

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional » Full Story
(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its...

Salt Lake City Gets Go-Ahead to Bid for Winter Olympics » Full Story
SLC repeat? Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics.

Mueller: FBI Is Not to Blame for Flynn's False Statements » Full Story
The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Experts With Records Come up With New Shipwreck Identity » Full Story
Some experts have come up with a new identity for a shipwreck that has emerged along the Lake Michigan shore in western Michigan.

US Couple Accused of Enticing Chinese Into Sex Trafficking » Full Story
A New Hampshire husband and wife are accused of luring at least 27 Chinese women into the sex trade at locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

New Mexico Crime Lab Clears Rape Kit Backlog, Governor Says » Full Story
Gov. Susana Martinez says the state crime lab has cleared its backlog of nearly 1,400 rape kits ahead of schedule.

Priest Criticized Teenager Who Killed Himself at Funeral » Full Story
The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit says it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen's funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself.

Seattle Zoo Takes in 250 Tarantulas, Gila Monsters » Full Story
Officials at the zoo in Seattle have taken in 250 tarantula spiderlings that were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from an importer.

Trump Plan for Census Citizenship Question Poised for Trial » Full Story
California's lawsuit against a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census appears headed for trial.

NASA Moves Liquid Hydrogen Tank to Huntsville for Testing » Full Story
NASA is moving a massive liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville, Alabama for testing as part of its plans to eventually return to the moon.

Scandal-Plagued CBS Grants $20M to 18 Women's Rights Groups » Full Story
CBS grants $20 million to 18 women's rights groups as it tries to recover from Moonves scandal.

California Regulator Opens Case Against PG&E for Falsifying Pipeline Safety Records » Full Story
(Reuters) - The California Public Utilities Commission has opened a proceeding to consider penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Company,...

The Latest: Official: Gov Plans to Pursue Dividend Back Pay » Full Story
Alaska's revenue commissioner says Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to pursue his goal of repaying Alaskans money they missed out when checks from the state's oil-wealth fund were capped.

Evidentiary Hearing on 9th District Issues Rescheduled » Full Story
An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled.

North Carolina Republican Says He Hired Consultant at Heart of Fraud Probe » Full Story
(Reuters) - The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a...

Army Mechanic Gets Life for Killing 3 at Fullerton Home » Full Story
A U.S. Army mechanic who killed three people at a Southern California home because he believed a man there was molesting a teenager has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Saban: Alabama Hasn't Hired Ex-Maryland Coach DJ Durkin » Full Story
Former Maryland coach DJ Durkin is spending time with the Alabama football staff but hasn't been hired.

Arizona County Sees Spike in Hepatitis A Cases » Full Story
Health officials in southern Arizona are reporting an increase in hepatitis A cases in Pima County, prompting a partnership among local health agencies to boost vaccinations and awareness.

Brees Connects With Those Who Helped Set NFL Passing Record » Full Story
Drew Brees is connecting again with those on the receiving end of passes that helped the Saints quarterback become the NFL's career leader in yards passing this season.

Senators Ask FBI to Investigate Blackmun for Lying to Panel » Full Story
Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.

California Is First State to Mandate Zero-Emission Bus Fleet » Full Story
California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road.

Brothers Charged in Death of Man Wrapped in Duct Tape » Full Story
A grand jury has handed up an indictment charging two brothers in the death of a Louisiana man who had been wrapped in duct tape and died of asphyxiation.

Brothers Charged in Death of Man Wrapped in Duct Tape » Full Story
A grand jury has handed up an indictment charging two brothers in the death of a Louisiana man who had been wrapped in duct tape and died of asphyxiation.

Maryland Inmate Allegedly Tried to Sexually Assault Officer » Full Story
Maryland's corrections department says an inmate allegedly tried to sexually assault a correctional officer at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup.

Beto O'Rourke Still Undecided as 2020 White House Buzz Grows » Full Story
When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get.

Fate of Kansas' Ban on Telemedicine Abortions Uncertain » Full Story
Kansas clinics still don't know whether it will be legal for them to offer telemedicine abortions next year after a state court hearing.

California Court Blocks Pardon of Man Who Killed at Age 14 » Full Story
In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old.

Evangelical Minister Admits to Stealing Church Money » Full Story
An evangelical minister in Louisiana has admitted to pocketing church funds through forged checks made out to himself and an unauthorized online account.

Nevada Man Gets Lengthy Sentence in Child Sex Assault Case » Full Story
A Nevada man has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison after being convicted earlier this year of multiple sex crimes against a child.

Florida Woman Convicted for Role in December 2000 Killing » Full Story
A Florida woman has been convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.

Reports: Federal Prosecutors Probe Trump Inaugural Committee » Full Story
Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners made illegal contributions to its events.

GOP Candidate Says He Made Decision to Hire Ballot Operative » Full Story
The Republican candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race says it was his decision to hire an operative who is a person of interest in an investigation.

Court: Testimony From OxyContin Maker Must Be Unsealed » Full Story
A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world's largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public.

California Alleges Utility Falsified Pipeline Safety Records » Full Story
Regulators are accusing one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines.

Indiana State University Group to Honor Jamal Khashoggi » Full Story
A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

China Suspends Tariff Hikes on US Cars, Auto Parts » Full Story
China suspends tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following trade cease-fire with Washington.

CVS Defends Settlement That Allowed Aetna Merger as Judge Assesses » Full Story
By Diane BartzWASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp defended on Friday an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department which allowed it to...

Police Search Ranch Belonging to Missing Colorado Woman's Fiance » Full Story
By Keith CoffmanDENVER (Reuters) - Police looking for a Colorado mother who was reported missing from her small mountain town nearly two weeks ago...

Wisconsin Man Charged in 4-Year-Old Son's Fatal Shooting » Full Story
Authorities say a 4-year-old child has died after being shot at a home in suburban Detroit.

Idaho Extends Prison Health Contract for 2 Years » Full Story
Idaho's state Board of Correction voted to extend its $46 million-plus-a-year contract with Corizon Health for inmate health care for another two years.

The Latest: PG&E Says It's Acted to Meet Pipeline Standards » Full Story
A spokesman for a California utility accused of falsifying records on natural gas pipelines says the company failed to live up to its commitment of thorough and accurate record-keeping.

Lawyers Seek to Exclude Evidence at NYC Truck Attack Trial » Full Story
Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a terrorist attack on a New York City bike path say they have learned that the FBI was intercepting his communications.

Rep.-Elect Ilhan Omar Appeared at Rally at Amazon Warehouse » Full Story
Minnesota Amazon workers, Somali community leaders and their allies rallied in suburban Minneapolis at the height of the busy holiday season to demand better working conditions.

13-Year-Old Arrested for Threats Against Queen Creek School » Full Story
Pinal County authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been arrested for making threats against a school.

Police Want Direct Talk With Missing Colorado Woman's Fiance » Full Story
An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman says her disappearance is suspicious and is urging the woman's fiance to speak directly with investigators.

Southern California Attorney Pleads Guilty in $14M Tax Scam » Full Story
A Southern California attorney has pleaded guilty to helping launder money in a $14 million-dollar tax fraud scheme.

Their Numbers Growing, Latinos Gain Clout in New Congress » Full Story
A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January.

Indiana Police Shoot, Wound Teen Who Pointed Gun at Officers » Full Story
Central Indiana police say officers shot and wounded a 17-year-old boy when he emerged from a house and pointed a gun at officers.

Challenging Judges' Orders, Trump Aims to Enlist Supreme Court » Full Story
By Andrew Chung(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week to suspend nationwide orders by federal...

GBI: Man Shot With Own Gun After Struggle With Trooper » Full Story
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a confrontation with a trooper that ended with a man dead isn't being considered an officer-involved shooting because the man was fatally shot with his own weapon.

Judge Orders Idaho to Give Transgender Inmate Gender Surgery » Full Story
A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.

Deaths of 2 People in La Grange Appears to Be Murder-Suicide » Full Story
Police say two people found dead in the Town of La Grange had died from gunshot wounds.

Court: Nevada County Unjustly Seized Dead Man's Property » Full Story
A federal appeals court has affirmed a $2.1 million judgment against a western Nevada county and a former county official for taking property from the home of a dead man.

1 Dead, 1 Hurt While Working Underneath Bus in Seattle » Full Story
Authorities say a 55-year-old man was killed and another man was critically injured when a bus crushed them as they were working on it in Seattle, officials said.

Controversial $580M Power Line Put Into Service in Wisconsin » Full Story
A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction.

Cow Steals Spotlight at Student's Graduation Photo Shoot » Full Story
University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

Cow Steals Spotlight at Student's Graduation Photo Shoot » Full Story
University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

Man Charged With Killing Connecticut Woman He Met on App » Full Story
An Ohio man has been charged with killing a Connecticut woman he met on a dating app.

Walmart Enlisting Customers in Push to Raise Alcohol Limit » Full Story
Walmart is enlisting their customers in a new public push to sell higher-alcohol beer in Utah.

Nobel Laureate Murad to Build Hospital in Her Hometown in Iraq » Full Story
SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize,...

Report Details Firefighters' Harrowing Work in Paradise » Full Story
A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death.

Alaska Groups Sue EPA to Enforce Clean Air Laws in Fairbanks » Full Story
Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to demand it enforce the cleanup of polluted air around the state's second-largest city.

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Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to attempting to sway US policy » Full Story

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to attempting to sway US policyA Russian woman has admitted to acting as an agent for the Kremlin to get close to the Republican party in an effort to influence US policies.  Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy in a court in Washington on Thursday, admitting to working under the direction of a top Russian official to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights group closely aligned with senior Republican politicians. She is the first Russian citizen to be convicted of working to shape US policy in the run up and through the 2016 election campaign, agreeing to co-operate with prosecutors for less prison time. Appearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan, she admitted to conspiring to work with Alexander Torshin, a former deputy governor of Russia's central bank, and two US citizens as a Russian agent from 2015 until her 2018 arrest.  Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, was arrested in July and has been held in jail without bail ever since.  Maria Butina was said to be directed by Alexander Torshin, previously described as Vladimir Putin's "emissary" Credit: AP She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against her but in the last week it was revealed she had reversed course and agreed to co-operate with prosecutors.   Her aim was to make contacts with officials at the NRA, conservative figures and 2016 presidential candidates in order to set up unofficial back channels with high-ranking American politicians. Butina is known to have met with the president's son, Donald Trump Jnr, during one of the NRA's conventions as well as reportedly hosting a party in Washington attended by Trump campaign aides in November 2016. Prosecutors told the court that Butina drafted a March 2015 "Diplomacy Project" that called for establishing unofficial channels of communication between high-ranking American politicians in order to help advance Russia's interests. In this courtroom sketch, Maria Butina, left, is shown next to her attorney Robert Driscoll Credit: AP To carry out the plan, Butina requested $125,000 (£98,000) from a Russian billionaire to attend conferences and set up "separate meetings with interested parties" such as other Russian businessmen or people with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they added. The prosecutors said Butina invited "powerful members" of the NRA for a visit to Moscow where they met with high-level Russian officials. Apparent photos of the NRA Moscow trip are posted on her social media accounts. After the visit, according to court records, she sent a Russian official a message apparently referencing the NRA saying, "We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later." The alleged Russian agent was arrested in July Credit: Reuters Butina also hosted "friendship dinners" in the hope of establishing ties with people who "would have the ear of the next US presidential administration," prosecutors said. After the 2016 election, she proposed creating a dialogue with President Donald Trump's advisors, but the Russian official told her he did not think the foreign affairs ministry would "go for it," prosecutors said. The actions occurred during the same time period that US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia engaged in a campaign of propaganda and hacking to sow discord during the 2016 presidential race and boost Mr Trump's chances against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Butina was a gun rights activist Butina's lawyers previously identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank and was targeted with US Treasury Department sanctions in April.  One of the two Americans referenced in the prosecution's case was Paul Erickson, an conservative political activist who was romantically linked to Butina. His lawyer William Hurd said: "Paul Erickson is a good American. He has done nothing to harm our country and never would." Russian officials hit back at the case, calling it a "modern political inquisition" in comments quoted by the RIA state news agency. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and deportation. As part of her agreement prosecutors dropped a second charge of violating a law that requires foreigners working for their government to register with the US Justice Department. Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, estimated that under sentencing guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up to six months in prison.  Because of Butina's ongoing co-operation, the judge did not set a sentencing date but scheduled a hearing for February 12.  

'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mine » Full Story

'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mineThree people who disappeared in a closed West Virginia mine five days ago have been rescued and taken to a hospital in what a family member called a "Christmas miracle."

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role » Full Story

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. roleAt the close of a week of talks in Sweden, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a framework for political negotiations would be discussed at the next round of talks at the end of January between the Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Western nations, some of which supply arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, had pressed the two sides to agree confidence-building steps to pave the way for a wider truce and a political process to end the war, which has killed tens of thousands of people. The conflict has pushed Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, to the verge of famine.

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