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  • Shelters holding nearly 15,000 migrant children near capacity

    Government shelters holding immigrant children are about 92% full, according to a Department of Health and Human Services official, a sign that the backlog of those in detention has not abated. The number of migrant children in shelters fluctuates daily and thousands have been caught in a backlog that has some confined for many months. As of Thursday, the number of unaccompanied children in 100 shelters across 17 states was about 14,700, agency spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer told CNN. That's an...

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  • A year-end checklist for your investments

    What do I need to do before the end of the year, to be ready for tax-time and whatever next year may bring? Even if performing a check-up on your investments isn't typically on your list of things to do before the end of the year, this is one year you don't want to skip. Markets have been unusually volatile and investors may be leery about the year ahead.The 2018 tax year will also mark the first year in which the tax reforms took effect. That means there are several variables and new factors to...

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  • Tunisia's parliament rejects bill on lifting retirement age

    Tunisia's parliament rejected on Thursday a bill to raise the retirement age by two years to 62, in a severe blow to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, whose government is under pressure from international lenders to cut state spending.

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  • Ala. AG takes over mall shooting cases, citing conflict of interest

    The Alabama attorney general is taking over the cases surrounding the police shooting death of Emantic Bradford Jr. at a Hoover mall, saying "fair-minded persons" might question the district attorney's objectivity. A Hoover police officer working mall security Thanksgiving night killed Bradford following a shooting that left two people injured. Hoover police initially identified Bradford, 21, as the suspect, then recanted and said he brandished a weapon -- only to recant that statement as...

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  • House says Myanmar crimes against Rohingya are genocide

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday declaring that the crimes committed by Myanmar's security forces against Rohingya Muslims constitute genocide -- a notable move given the US State Department has yet to make such a designation. "The United States has a moral obligation to call these crimes genocide. Failing to do so gives the perpetrators cover and hinders efforts to bring those accountable to justice. With this resolution, the House fulfills its part of...

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  • Sexual harassment legislation passes Senate, heads to House

    The Senate passed legislation Thursday to reform how sexual harassment is handled on Capitol Hill -- including holding lawmakers liable for paying for settlements out of their own pockets. The bill, long stalled by talks and disagreements between the House and Senate, overhauls the law that dictates how sexual harassment claims are overseen. The House is expected to follow in short order, which would clear the bill for the president's signature. A House GOP leadership aide told CNN that when the...

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  • Rain Man at 30: damaging stereotype or 'the best thing that happened to autism'?

    Barry Levinson’s Oscar-winning smash hit was one of the first on-screen depictions of autism. Three decades on, its legacy is complicated ’Rain Man was the best thing that ever happened to autism,” says psychiatrist Dr Darold Treffert. “No gigantic public education or PR effort could have produced the sensational awareness that Rain Man brought to the national and international radar screen.” Treffert, an expert on autism and savant syndrome, worked on Rain Man as a script consultant, which may...

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  • Gun deaths in US reach highest level in 38 years

    Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in 38 years, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. A similar analysis was first conducted by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, a non-profit gun policy advocacy group. CNN replicated that analysis and found that 39,773 people died by guns in 2017, which is an increase of more than 10,000 deaths from the 28,874 in...

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  • Talk to your child, not your mobile

    Advice for modern parents | Dotterels | Christmas recipes | Austerity | Crescendos In the early 2000s I produced a booklet, Talk to Your Child, which was funded by Sure Start. The text to one of the photos in the book was “Talk to your child, not your mobile” (Let’s take the baby for a scroll, Weekend, 8 December). I wore a badge with the same slogan on it, and wrote to various MPs raising my concerns about the excessive use of phones by parents but never received a response. I’m retired now but...

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  • Study: Tick that clones itself could spread fast in the US

    The Asian longhorned tick most likely began invading the United States years ago. Now found in nine states, the tick may soon occupy a large swath of eastern North America as well as coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to research published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Entomology. "This tick can bite humans, pets, farm animals and wildlife," said Ilia Rochlin, author of the study and an entomologist and researcher associated with the Rutgers University Center for Vector...

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  • Hundreds of Egyptian Christians protest at police killing

    Hundreds of Coptic Christians on Thursday attended the burial of a father and his son who were killed by a police officer in Egypt's Minya province, amid cries for the state to provide more protection.

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  • Hundreds of Egyptian Christians protest at police killing

    Hundreds of Coptic Christians on Thursday attended the burial of a father and his son who were killed by a police officer in Egypt's Minya province, amid cries for the state to provide more protection.

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  • Medic suspended after racist comments on white supremacist podcast

    An emergency medical technician has been placed on unpaid leave after racist comments surfaced of him comparing black patients to gorillas and claiming to take "immense satisfaction" as he "terrorized" an African American boy with a needle. Alex McNabb, a part-time EMT in Patrick County, Virginia, made the statements on a white supremacist podcast called "The Daily Shoah." McNabb is a frequent co-host of the podcast, whose title mocks the Holocaust. The comments, which McNabb, 35, later claimed...

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  • Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease

    Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence program in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness.

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  • Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease

    Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence program in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness.

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  • Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease

    Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence programme in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness.

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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat.

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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat.

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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat.

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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat.

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  • Court ruling brings Indonesia closer to ending child marriage: campaigners

    Indonesian groups pushing for an increase in the minimum age for girls to marry, from 16, said on Thursday it was encouraged by a Constitutional Court order that legislators should work on a change.

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  • Court ruling brings Indonesia closer to ending child marriage: campaigners

    Indonesian groups pushing for an increase in the minimum age for girls to marry, from 16, said on Thursday it was encouraged by a Constitutional Court order that legislators should work on a change.

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  • Palestinian gunman kill two, wounds two in West Bank: Israeli medics

    A Palestinian man shot and killed two people and injured two others in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the head of Israel's ambulance service said.

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  • China confirms it's holding 2 Canadians

    A second Canadian may have been detained in China in a potential act of retribution that threatens to escalate the diplomatic dispute between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive in Canada. On Thursday, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Canadian nationals Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are "being investigated" on suspicion of "activities that endangered China's national security." Spavor is the founder of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, a...

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