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Amid progress against California blaze, number of missing soars

Family members and survivors on Friday sought news of the 630 people considered missing after the deadliest wildfire in California history reduced much of the town of Paradise to ash and charred rubble, and killed 63.

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CNN
Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass

Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.

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United Press International
Stacey Abrams ends run against Brian Kemp in Georgia governor's race

Democrat Stacey Abrams announced Friday she was ending her run against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia's gubernatorial race.

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Foreign Policy
How Would U.S. Prosecutors Go After Assange?

Prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder raises hard questions about U.S. press freedom that may not, at present, be answerable.

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Reuters
UK PM May defends Brexit deal as opponents plot no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of the most prominent Brexiteer in her government on Friday as she fought to save a draft European Union divorce deal that has stirred up a plot to force her out of her job.

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CNBC
CIA reportedly determines Saudi crown prince ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

The conclusion counters Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death. The kingdom claimed that the Washington Post columnist died in an altercation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

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Reuters
House ethics panel censures two lawmakers in misconduct probes

The U.S. House of Representatives' Ethics Committee on Friday censured one lawmaker for sexually harassing women and another for mishandling accusations of sexual misconduct against his chief of staff.

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Voice of America
Late US Senator John McCain Honored

The late U.S. senator John McCain was posthumously given the 2018 Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Award in a ceremony in London, Nov. 16, 2018. The award recognizes those who have fought for human rights in Russia - and are named after a lawyer who was murdered in a Moscow jail in 2009. Henry Ridgwell reports from the ceremony.

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Voice of America
Trump Signs Bill to Elevate Cybersecurity Mission at DHS

President Donald Trump has signed legislation that elevates the importance of cybersecurity work within the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation the president signed into law on Friday creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. The new agency will become the focal point ...

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CNN
Kim Porter, mother of 'Diddy's children, dies at 47

Model and actress Kim Porter, who shares three children with musician and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs, died Thursday, a representative of Combs told CNN.

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Voice of America
Trump's AG Appointment Challenged at Supreme Court

The fight over President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general has reached the U.S. Supreme Court, with lawyers in a pending gun rights case asking the justices on Friday to decide whether the action was lawful. Critics have said the Republican president's Nov. 7 appointment of Whitaker, who ...

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CNN
While still in majority, House Republicans ready subpoenas for Comey, Lynch

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, in its final days in power, is planning to issue subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and President Barack Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch, according to a source with knowledge of the subpoenas.

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Reuters
Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

An 11th child has died in less than four weeks at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, one of 34 young patients with compromised immune systems to have been infected by a viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.

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Zero Hedge
Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Official Audit

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, After generations of being a black hole down which money goes, never to return, a team of 1,200 auditors tried to give the Pentagon its first ever comprehensive audit, just to see where all that money went. Unsurprisingly, it went poorly, and was declared a failure. How bad the failure was is something of a mystery at this point, with officials refusing to disclose the exact results, or even ...

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Sputnik News
DoJ Says in Negotiations on Resolving Russian National Maria Butina’s Case

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Justice said in a court filing on Friday that it is engaging in talks about possibly resolving the case of accused Russian national Maria Butina and asks that the court postpone a status conference for two weeks to determine whether the parties can make a deal.

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The Week US
After she was ousted at Melania Trump's request, Mira Ricardel reportedly turned down an ambassador job

It looks like Mira Ricardel, the former deputy national security adviser whose firing First Lady Melania Trump publicly requested, was not interested in the other job the White House had lined up for her. After Ricardel was forced out of her White House job, the Trump administration offered Ricardel the position of ambassador to ...

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New York Times
American Missing in Mexico Was Killed by Drug Cartel Member, Officials Say

Family and friends were baffled by the disappearance of Patrick Braxton-Andrew of North Carolina. Mexican officials now describe “a cowardly and brutal murder, of a totally innocent person.”

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CBS News
Thanksgiving dinner hasn't been this cheap since the recession

Americans ate less turkey earlier in the year, leaving plenty of birds for Thanksgiving -- and keeping prices low

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National Public Radio
Supreme Court To Weigh In On Census Citizenship Question Evidence Dispute

The justices will hear arguments over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath for the lawsuits over the controversial citizenship question he added to the 2020 census.

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Voice of America
Disputed Sri Lankan PM Faces 2nd No-Confidence Motion

Lawmakers in Sri Lanka's Parliament supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa threw books, chairs and chili powder mixed with water to try to block the proceedings Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival lawmakers worsened political turmoil in the island nation. Police who escorted Speaker Karu Jayasuriya into the chamber held boards around him to protect him from being ...

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Reuters
At least 42 feared dead as flames gut bus in Zimbabwe

At least 42 people were feared dead after flames swept through a passenger bus driving through southern Zimbabwe towards South Africa overnight, state media said.

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CBS News
Couple and "homeless veteran" charged in alleged GoFundMe scam

Tens of millions of people believed what looked like a feel good story about a New Jersey couple helping a homeless man. Now, prosecutors say it was a huge scam. They claim Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure conspired with Johnny Bobbitt to defraud people out of more than $400,000. The couple set up a GoFundMe account for Bobbitt, ...

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The Week US
Trump convinced Pfizer to keep its drug prices steady. Now, it's reversing course.

President Trump once convinced drug manufacturer Pfizer to curb its price hikes. This time, he may not be so lucky. America's biggest drug manufacturer announced Friday it would increase prices on 10 percent of its prescriptions in January, Bloomberg reports. The move comes after Republicans lost the House in last week's midterms — something experts suggest isn't a coincidence. The price hike affects 41 ...

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Reuters
Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos asks to put off prison pending Mueller appeal

George Papadopoulos, a former aide to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents probing ties between the campaign and Russia, filed a motion on Friday seeking to postpone his sentence pending a separate case he hoped would lead to his conviction being overturned.

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CBS News
Why "12 Days of Christmas" isn't keeping up with inflation

The cost of all the goods and services in the classic carol rose just 1.2% this year, thanks to one tarnished item

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CBS News
Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans

The veterans say they were unfairly given less-than-honorable discharges for minor infractions linked to their untreated mental health problems

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The Guardian
‘There’s always hope’: John Kerry on Donald Trump, the US midterms and climate change – video

John Kerry, the former US presidential candidate and secretary of state for the Obama administration, discusses his life and career with the Observer's chief political commentator, Andrew Rawnsley. Kerry reflects on his early memories, his role in the Vietnam war and what action needs to be taken to address the issues presented by climate change. Kerry told the live audience: 'We face several life-threatening challenges … if we don’t respond very ...

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USA Today
Batkid saved us 5 years ago. His cancer is still in remission today.

Miles Scott, the Make-A-Wish recipient who became Batkid in San Francisco for a day, has seen reduced signs of the blood cancer each year since he donned the cape and cowl in 2013.         

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