As Evacuation Orders Lift, Some Paradise Residents Return Home To Devastation - NPR

For Seth Roberts and other residents of Paradise, Calif., Wednesday marked a sad homecoming. "I'm in my backyard and it's all gone," Roberts told NPR. "My house is gone, my shop's gone, my sheds are gone. ... Nothing left, just a bunch of charred stuff.".-- https://www.npr.org/2018/12/05/673923492/as-evacuation-orders-lift-some-paradise-residents-return-home-to-devastation

National for-profit college chain abruptly closes, stunning thousands of students - USA TODAY

Dozens of for-profit college campuses across the country abruptly closed this week after their parent company lost its accreditation and funding. The schools are owned by Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America (ECA), which runs more than ...-- https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2018/12/05/virginia-college-brightwood-college-and-others-abruptly-shut-down/2221650002/

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again. What Now, Climate? - NPR

As climate negotiators from around the world meet in Poland this week and next to figure out how to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, they are hearing some discouraging news: Emissions of the biggest pollutant, carbon dioxide, are going up.-- https://www.npr.org/2018/12/05/673821051/carbon-dioxide-emissions-are-up-again-what-now-climate

Saudi Arabia Paid Washington Lobbyist to Book 500 Rooms in Trump's DC Hotel Shortly After 2016 Election - Slate Magazine

For insight into the interplay of money, power, access, and Donald Trump, you need not look further than the recent emoluments lawsuits filed against the president. The details of some of the possible constitutional violations, where President Trump is ...and more »-- https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/saudi-arabia-washington-lobbyist-500-rooms-veterans-9-11-trump-hotel-qorvis-mslgroup.html

Harris staffer resigns over harassment allegations - Politico

Larry Wallace, a top aide to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), resigned Wednesday, amid allegations of harassment during his tenure at the California Department of Justice. “We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely ...-- https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/05/kamala-harris-staffer-resigns-harassment-allegations-1046435

Prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Border Patrol agent accused of killing four sex workers - Washington Post

Prosecutors in Texas said that they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of killing four sex workers in the region around Laredo, Tex., after he was indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges Wednesday. Juan David ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/05/prosecutors-seek-death-penalty-border-patrol-agent-accused-killing-four-sex-workers/

Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan push to curb power of newly-elected Democrats - Washington Post

Following bruising losses in statewide elections last month, Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan have responded with pushes to limit the power of Democrats who won those offices, as advocacy groups threaten to block their efforts with legal action.-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-in-wisconsin-michigan-push-to-curb-power-of-newly-elected-democrats/2018/12/05/f0f41586-f8b4-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 2 found, 5 missing - Yahoo News

TOKYO (AP) — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said ...-- https://news.yahoo.com/2-us-warplanes-crash-off-japan-coast-rescue-235818896.html

The Guy Behind Steam Spy Has Been Working On Epic's Store For Years - Kotaku

It's one thing for a gaming company to announce a Steam competitor—and believe me, many have—but it's something else entirely when the developer behind the world's biggest game does it. Epic's upcoming game store seems to have already gotten under ...-- https://kotaku.com/the-guy-behind-steam-spy-has-been-working-on-epics-stor-1830890162

Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests - Yahoo News

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron's ...-- https://news.yahoo.com/france-bracing-more-protests-despite-retreat-taxes-095419335.html

Alaska Continues with Earthquake Repairs - Voice of America

No media source currently available. 0:00 0:03:22 0:00. Direct link. 128 kbps | MP3 · 64 kbps | MP3. Pop-out player. The American city of Anchorage, Alaska is recovering from a powerful earthquake Friday that damaged public buildings, homes and roads.and more »-- https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/alaska-continues-with-earthquake-repairs/4687354.html

PETA wants to change 'anti-animal' sayings, but the Internet thinks they're feeding a fed horse - Washington Post

Have you ever tried to feed a fed horse? Come home with a big paycheck and thought, “Man, I really brought home the bagels today!”? Or just . . . taken the flower by the thorns? Those, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are the ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/12/05/peta-wants-change-anti-animal-sayings-internet-thinks-theyre-feeding-fed-horse/

Fantasy baseball impact of Paul Goldschmidt's move to the St. Louis Cardinals - ESPN

One of the top players in fantasy baseball is on the move, as the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade. Catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver and prospect Andrew Young will join ...-- http://www.espn.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/id/25462680/fantasy-baseball-impact-paul-goldschmidt-move-st-louis-cardinals

Top Kamala Harris aide resigns over harassment settlement - The Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — A top aide to California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice. Larry Wallace, a senior adviser in ...and more »-- https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/05/top-kamala-harris-aide-resigns-over-harassment-settlement/

Some allowed back into devastated town of Paradise after deadly California fire - NBCNews.com

Nearly a month after the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in recorded California history, residents will be allowed into some parts of the devastated town of Paradise to check on their homes or what remains of them, officials announced on Wednesday.-- https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/paradise-returned-some-allowed-back-devastated-town-after-deadly-california-n944586

Ohio woman allegedly poured hot grease on another woman during argument - Fox News

An Ohio woman was arrested after she allegedly poured hot grease on another woman during a disagreement. Charlene Thompson, 61, was arguing with another woman at a home in Mount Airy, roughly seven miles north of Cincinnati when she allegedly ...-- https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-woman-allegedly-pours-hot-grease-on-another-woman-during-argument

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left's Trump and other commentary - New York Post

Political scribe: Ocasio-Cortez is the left's Trump Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the “most interesting” politician since President Trump — which is no coincidence, suggests The Week's Matthew Walther, since she is “a distinctly Trumpian figure.” By ...-- https://nypost.com/2018/12/05/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-is-the-lefts-trump/

Democratic stars Beto O'Rourke and Andrew Gillum both recently met with Obama, stoking speculation about 2020 bids - Business Insider

Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Andrew Gillum of Florida, both rising Democratic stars and potential 2020 candidates, recently met with former President Barack Obama in his Washington offices. Obama endorsed Gillum during his gubernatorial bid this year and ...-- https://www.businessinsider.com/democratic-stars-beto-orourke-and-andrew-gillum-both-met-with-obama-2020-2018-12

The slow-motion disaster of Trump's Khashoggi strategy - CNN

Washington (CNN) Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, having just received a classified briefing from the director of the CIA in the basement of the Capitol, two Republican senators stepped to a crowd of cameras and reporters. With a few pointed words ...-- https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics/trump-khashoggi-murder/index.html

National for-profit college chain abruptly closes, stunning thousands of students - USA TODAY

Dozens of for-profit college campuses across the country abruptly closed this week after their parent company lost its accreditation and funding. The schools are owned by Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America (ECA), which runs more than ...-- https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2018/12/05/virginia-college-brightwood-college-and-others-abruptly-shut-down/2221650002/

Prohibition ends: Pot becomes legal in Michigan on Thursday - The Detroit News

Detroit — Marijuana will become legal at the stroke of midnight Thursday in Michigan, the first state in the Midwest to end the controlled substance's prohibition. A decade after voters approved medical marijuana, the Great Lakes state will be the ...and more »-- https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/12/05/pot-becomes-legal-michigan-thursday/2218241002/

New satellite images reveal activity at unidentified North Korean missile base - CNN

Washington (CNN) New satellite images obtained exclusively by CNN reveal North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in the mountainous interior of the country, offering yet another reminder that diplomatic talks with ...-- https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-missile-base/index.html

Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump's hotel after 2016 election - Washington Post

Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel within a month of Trump's election in 2016 — paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months, according to ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/saudi-funded-lobbyist-paid-for-500-rooms-at-trumps-hotel-after-2016-election/2018/12/05/29603a64-f417-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html

Prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Border Patrol agent accused of killing four sex workers - Washington Post

Prosecutors in Texas said that they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of killing four sex workers in the region around Laredo, Tex., after he was indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges Wednesday. Juan David ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/05/prosecutors-seek-death-penalty-border-patrol-agent-accused-killing-four-sex-workers/

Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan push to curb power of newly-elected Democrats - Washington Post

Following bruising losses in statewide elections last month, Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan have responded with pushes to limit the power of Democrats who won those offices, as advocacy groups threaten to block their efforts with legal action.-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-in-wisconsin-michigan-push-to-curb-power-of-newly-elected-democrats/2018/12/05/f0f41586-f8b4-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html

Five missing after two US military planes crash off Japan - Yahoo News

Rescue operations were underway Thursday for five US marines missing after two American military aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, the Japanese defence minister said. One crew member has already been rescued and is ...-- https://au.news.yahoo.com/six-missing-two-us-military-planes-crash-off-021512923--spt.html

Kevin Durant gets why certain guys wouldn't want to play with LeBron James - NBCSports.com

Programming note: Watch tonight's Warriors-Cavs game streaming live at 4:00 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app. What would it be like to play on the same team as LeBron James? "It depends on what kind of player you are," Kevin Durant told Bleacher Report's ...-- https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/kevin-durant-gets-why-certain-guys-wouldnt-want-play-lebron-james

USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy, plans to fight to preserve certification - Washington Post

Facing 100 lawsuits from more than 350 sexual-assault victims of team physician Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday. The voluntary filing does not represent USA Gymnastics' relinquishing of its role as the sport's ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/usa-gymnastics-files-for-bankruptcy-plans-to-fight-to-preserve-certification/2018/12/05/b57efbfc-f8c7-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html

Some allowed back into devastated town of Paradise after deadly California fire - NBCNews.com

Nearly a month after the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in recorded California history, residents will be allowed into some parts of the devastated town of Paradise to check on their homes or what remains of them, officials announced on Wednesday.-- https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/paradise-returned-some-allowed-back-devastated-town-after-deadly-california-n944586