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12/09/2016 11:28 PM
Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a save against New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday Dec. 9, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.



12/09/2016 11:25 PM
Russia interfered in US election to help Trump win: report

US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, amid growing calls from Congress for more information on the extent of Russian interference in the campaignA secret CIA assessment has found that Russia sought to tip last month's US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, The Washington Post reported Friday, a conclusion that drew an extraordinary rebuke from the president-elect's camp. "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Trump's transition team said, launching a broadside against the spy agency. "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.



12/09/2016 11:20 PM
Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks on Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, during the signing ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act. From left are, McConnell, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Max Schill, 7, who suffers from Noonan Syndrome. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.



12/09/2016 11:19 PM
The Latest: Congress averts shutdown, backs spending bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):



12/09/2016 11:13 PM
At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

Earthquake survivors rest and reflect at a temporary shelter in Ulim, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. A large number of people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities.



12/09/2016 11:05 PM
Rockets overcome Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket in front of Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Houston won 102-99. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.



12/09/2016 10:48 PM
Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

In a Thursday, Nov. 8, 2016 photo provided by Brooks Onishi, Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga greets passenger Ray Richmond during a flight from Honolulu to San Diego. She danced a hula to honor him as a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. Richmond was returning to San Diego after attending a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Japan attack. (AP Photo/Brooks Onishi)HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.



12/09/2016 10:47 PM
Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

Trump has confirmed that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) will not be joining his cabinetDonald Trump plunged his quest for America's next top diplomat back into the spotlight by confirming that one frontrunner, outspoken former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, will not join his cabinet. Observers in the United States and around the world have been on tenterhooks over who the incoming Republican will pick as they wait to see whether Trump will make good on threats to rip up treaties and free trade agreements. With the decision expected next week, the president-elect announced Friday that Giuliani had removed his name from contention as far back as November 29.



12/09/2016 10:37 PM
LeBron James climbs NBA scoring list as Cavaliers blow out Heat

The Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James has now moved into ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring listLeBron James's 27 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-84 blowout of the Miami Heat moved the Cavs superstar into ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points as Cleveland notched their third straight victory and their second in a row by 30 points. The Heat, hit by Dwyane Wade's departure in free agency and a spate of injuries, are floundering.



12/09/2016 10:35 PM
China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday.

12/09/2016 10:28 PM
OPEC to push for non-member oil cuts

OPEC recently agreed to cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 32.5 million in January 2017OPEC will seek on Saturday to persuade other oil producers to lower production as part of a newly struck global pact to stem a crude glut and lift painfully low prices. The Vienna meeting, which includes major producer Russia, aims to nail down details on implementing the accord reached late last month. "We do not expect the outcome of this meeting to play a significant role in rebalancing the oil market," Vienna-based analyst group JBC Energy said Friday.



12/09/2016 10:27 PM
Italy's BMPS reels from ECB deadline reports

The headquarters of Italian bank Monte Dei Paschi di Siena, at Piazza Salimbeni in Siena, TuscanyItaly's Monte dei Paschi di Siena saw its stock tumble more than 12 percent on Friday over reports the ECB had denied it more time to raise the cash it needs to avoid being wound down. The world's oldest bank had on Wednesday asked the European Central Bank for two more weeks to find the funds, saying political instability created by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation had left investors reluctant to commit funds. A financial source told AFP the Italian bank had not yet received any official communication on the matter from the ECB.



12/09/2016 10:26 PM
Obama orders review of election-season hacking

Obama orders review of election-season hackingWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.



12/09/2016 10:16 PM
CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House: Washington Post

Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in BerlinThe CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks. The officials described the individuals as people known to the intelligence community who were part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and reduce Clinton's chances of winning the election.



12/09/2016 10:15 PM
Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet

Damaged buildings in the Bab al-Nasr district of Aleppo's Old City, seen on December 9, 2016Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo's last rebel-held districts, as the United States said American and Russian officials would meet on Saturday in a bid to save the city from "complete" destruction. With the fighting resuming after a brief respite, the UN General Assembly demanded an immediate ceasefire and urgent aid deliveries, in a resolution adopted by a strong majority. US officials will meet Saturday with their Russian counterparts in Geneva to try to stop Aleppo "being absolutely, completely destroyed", US Secretary of State John Kerry said.



12/09/2016 10:15 PM
Thunder's Russell Westbrook has 7th straight triple-double

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had his seventh consecutive triple-double Friday night in the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Houston Rockets, the longest streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989.



12/09/2016 10:09 PM
Gambia's longtime ruler refuses to bow out, demands fresh polls

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, seen on December 3, 2016, had originally said he would accept the presidential election results showing his loss to opponent Adama BarrowGambia's leader of some 22 years Yahya Jammeh announced late Friday he would no longer accept defeat in recent elections, plunging the West African country into turmoil with a demand for fresh polls. Investigations into the December 1 vote have revealed a string of "unacceptable errors" on the part of electoral authorities, Jammeh said in a speech broadcast on state television, adding that he would no longer concede to opponent Adama Barrow. "In the same way that I accepted the results faithfully believing that the Independent Electoral Commission was independent and honest and reliable, I hereby reject the results in totality," he said.



12/09/2016 10:08 PM
Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in HoustonExxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week. Tillerson's favored status was revealed as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for secretary of state.



12/09/2016 10:00 PM
The Latest: Trump Team dismisses report on Russian hacking

President-elect Donald Trump, left, applauds after his pick for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, right, finishes speaking at a rally at DeltaPlex Arena, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):



12/09/2016 09:53 PM
Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. fined $12,154 for outburst

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined $12,154 by the NFL for verbal abuse and excessive profanity directed toward an officialNew York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $12,154 by the NFL on Friday for verbal abuse and excessive profanity directed toward an official. The fine is at least the fifth of the season for the controversial player, who reportedly confronted an official on the field after the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. Beckham was irked in the first quarter after being called for offensive pass interference and sharply criticized officiating after the game.



12/09/2016 09:48 PM
Giuliani pulls out of consideration to serve in administration: Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump embraces former New York City Mayor Rudolf Giuliani at a campaign rally in GreenvilleFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Friday he had removed his name from consideration for a position in Donald Trump's new administration as the president-elect narrows the field of people he is considering for secretary of state. Giuliani's withdrawal from consideration came after Trump made clear that he was broadening his search for a secretary of state beyond the four finalists transition aides had identified: Giuliani, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former CIA head David Petraeus and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.



12/09/2016 09:37 PM
Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2007 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore acknowledges spectators in front of a poster of his starring documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" on global warming before its screening during the Japan Premier at a theater in Tokyo. Gore's climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting a sequel. Paramount Pictures said Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Gore's climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting a sequel.



12/09/2016 09:36 PM
Gambia President Jammeh rejects outcome of Dec. 1 election

Gambian President Jammeh holds a copy of the Quran while speaking to a poll worker at a polling station during the presidential election in BanjulBy Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections. The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh's 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope. Jammeh had conceded defeat on state TV last week, prompting wild celebrations over the defeat of a government that human rights groups accused of detaining, torturing and killing opponents during the president's rule.



12/09/2016 09:33 PM
Romney niece McDaniel is favorite to head Republican Party

File photo - Scott Romney applauds with his daughter Ronna during the second day of the Republican National Convention in TampaBy Steve Holland GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump's favorite to head the party, appearing on Friday at a rally attended by him as part of his "thank you" tour. The Republican National Committee will soon have a vacancy at the top of the party as current chairman Reince Priebus becomes White House chief of staff when Trump takes office on Jan. 20. While Trump did not signal his support for McDaniel at the rally, two party officials said he is pushing for her.



12/09/2016 09:30 PM
Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on his phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. Trump is expected to pick Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council, according to two people informed of the decision. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.



12/09/2016 09:21 PM
Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

FILE- In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at Trump Tower in New York. On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Giuliani has removed his name from consideration for a cabinet position in the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post.



12/09/2016 09:18 PM
Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystemPresident Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea. Obama signed an executive order Friday ...



12/09/2016 09:17 PM
Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Canada reaches carbon agreement with provincesPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government and the majority of Canada's provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan. Trudeau has been working on a national ...



12/09/2016 09:15 PM
Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets Andrew Nicholas Liveris, Chairman and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company to the stage at a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Grand Rapids(Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday he would name Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, to head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the U.S. secretary of commerce.



12/09/2016 09:08 PM
'Days of Our Lives' bad guy Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

FILE - This June 22, 2014 file photo shows actor Joseph Mascolo at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mascolo, an actor most well-known for his portrayal of the evil villain Stefano DiMera on NBC’s daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” died, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2016. He was 87. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joseph Mascolo, who played bad guy Stefano DiMera on NBC's daytime serial "Days of Our Lives," has died. He was 87.



12/09/2016 09:04 PM
Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

In a Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia. Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years now says he won't accept defeat in the presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded defeat. In a speech on state television aired late Friday, Dec. 9, 2016,, President Yahya Jammeh said that investigations had revealed voting irregularities that he called unacceptable. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years announced late Friday that he no longer accepts defeat in the country's presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival.



12/09/2016 09:04 PM
Judge finalizes Khloe Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom

FILE - In this April 30, 2012, file photo, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall in New York. A Los Angeles judge on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, finalized Kardashian and Odom's divorce nearly three years after she first filed to end their marriage. The pair were married in September 2009 and court records show many financial details of the divorce were subject to a prenuptial agreement. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Khlomar is officially no more.



12/09/2016 09:01 PM
Trump returns to campaign trail in Louisiana and Michigan

President-elect Donald Trump throws a hat into the audience while speaking at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, thanking Michigan voters and prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election.



12/09/2016 08:45 PM
S. Korea protests take on celebratory mood after Park ouster

The impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye was filed last week with the 171 signatures of all opposition and independent lawmakers -- leaving it 29 short of the two-thirds majority needed to clear the 300-seat chamberA day after South Korean lawmakers successfully impeached scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye, hundreds of thousands of people were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on Saturday for a scheduled protest turned celebration. For the seventh straight week, the capital braced for one of the huge candle-lit rallies that have become the signature of a mass movement aimed at removing the deeply unpopular Park from office. Although the national assembly voted to strip Park of her executive powers on Friday, activists say they intend to keep up the pressure with the impeachment still requiring final approval from the Constitutional Court -- a process that could take months.



12/09/2016 08:39 PM
Missing plane likely crashed into Alaska lake, officials say

File - In this July 5, 2013, file photo is a glacier in Lake Clark Pass near Port Alsworth, Alaska. Authorities were searching Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, for a small plane with four people on board missing in the narrow, mountainous valley believed to be part of the airplane's flight path. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane ferrying a father and his two teenage children to Anchorage presumably plunged into an expansive Alaska lake shortly after taking off from a nearby rural community, officials said Friday.



12/09/2016 08:35 PM
Large crowds to celebrate S. Korean president's impeachment

South Korean President Park Geun-hye adjusts a microphone during an emergency Cabinet meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. South Korean lawmakers earlier on Friday impeached Park, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. (Baek Sung-ryul/Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Large crowds were expected to gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to celebrate the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in previous weeks.



12/09/2016 08:34 PM
Vote puts S. Korea impeachment ball in Constitutional Court

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's fate will decided by the Constitutional Court after an influence-peddling scandalAfter the South Korean parliament's impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, the spotlight now shifts to the nine judges of the Constitutional Court who could yet slam the door on those seeking to remove her from office. The lawmakers' vote on Friday suspended Park's sweeping executive powers, but it requires final approval by a two-thirds majority of the court -- a lengthy and uncertain process that could take up to six months.



12/09/2016 08:34 PM
Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

A firefighter watches from the roof at the scene of the fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, California(This story published on Dec. 8 corrects paragraph 3 and 27 to remove the "neighbor" reference as Danielle Boudreaux was not a neighbor) By Heather Somerville, Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine (Reuters) - In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions. The Oakland Police Department received dozens of complaints about the warehouse, and went inside at least half a dozen times, according to police reports and accounts from former tenants and visitors. A former friend and tenant also say city fire officials were in the building at least twice.



12/09/2016 08:30 PM
Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

President-elect Donald Trump arrives for a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware.



12/09/2016 08:28 PM
U.S. condemns Gambian President Jammeh's rejection of election results
The United States on Friday condemned a statement from Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh rejecting the result of a Dec. 1 election that spelled the end of his 22-year rule. Jammeh had initially accepted the result and called his opponent Adama Barrow to concede defeat on state television. "This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesman at the U.S. Department of State.

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