US Destroyer Sails Through Waters Claimed by Russia - Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Navy sent a warship through the Sea of Japan, in a rare challenge to Russia's maritime claims in international waters, officials said. Wednesday's patrol, known as a freedom-of-navigation operation, came amid tensions between ...-- https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-destroyer-sails-through-waters-claimed-by-russia-1544053815

Might it be President Beto O'Rourke? Texas politician meets with Obama as he weighs a White House run - National Post

Beto O'Rourke, weighing whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with Barack Obama at his post-presidency offices in Washington. The meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at the former president's offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama ...-- https://nationalpost.com/news/world/might-it-be-president-beto-orourke-texas-politician-meets-with-obama-as-he-weighs-a-white-house-run

'We are in trouble.' Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018. - Washington Post

Global emissions of carbon dioxide are reaching the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are doing. Between 2014 and ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/05/we-are-trouble-global-carbon-emissions-reached-new-record-high/

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/

Border Patrol Supervisor Indicted After Allegedly Confessing To Killing 4 Women - NPR

Updated at 10:10 p.m. ET. A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor has been charged with capital murder and, if convicted, could get the death penalty in the deaths of four women in September in Texas. Authorities say he confessed to the killings. Juan David ...-- https://www.npr.org/2018/12/05/673957793/border-patrol-supervisor-indicted-after-confessing-to-killing-four-women

Bipartisan Senate group wants to formally blame Saudi crown prince for journalist's killing - Washington Post

A bipartisan group of senators filed a resolution Wednesday to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, directly challenging President Trump to do the same. “This resolution — without ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/bipartisan-senate-group-wants-to-formally-blame-saudi-crown-prince-for-journalists-killing/2018/12/05/164f99cc-f8f1-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html

Search underway for missing Marines following mishap involving two aircraft - Washington Post

U.S. Marines and Japanese authorities were searching off the coast of Japan for six Marines after a mishap involving a fighter jet and a plane used for transporting troops and refueling, Marine officials said early Thursday. One Marine was rescued ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2018/12/05/search-underway-missing-marines-following-mishap-involving-two-aircraft/

No. 3 Duke pulls away late to beat pesky Hartford - News & Observer

It never felt like Duke was in serious danger of losing Wednesday night, that Hartford would be the first non-conference team to beat the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium since February 2000. That doesn't mean Duke's 84-54 win over the Hawks was ...-- https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/article222325380.html

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

Two people who were with Fields moments before fatal crash testify in court - Richmond.com

Check back for updates. 1:55 p.m.. Two people who were with James Alex Fields Jr. less than 30 minutes before he drove into a crowd of counterprotesters said he appeared calm then, and had made plans to have lunch with another rallygoer that afternoon.and more »-- https://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/two-people-who-were-with-fields-moments-before-fatal-crash/article_773d864d-2ff2-5d8a-a0e2-dc4529496deb.html

USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy as part of 'reorganization' - ESPN

USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday as it searches for ways to remain afloat in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The national governing body for gymnastics said it hopes this latest move will allow for an ...-- http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/25461239/usa-gymnastics-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy-petition

'People are on their own' to find marijuana when it becomes legal Thursday - MLive.com

Green Oasis owner Tony Butler rolls a marijuana cigarette to medicate and test a type of marijuana that a vendor brought in to sell at his medical marijuana dispensary in Forest Township. (Ryan Garza | MLive.com file photo) ( Ryan Garza ...and more »-- https://www.mlive.com/news/2018/12/people-are-on-their-own-to-find-marijuana-when-it-becomes-legal-thursday.html

US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan - CNN

Washington (CNN) The US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russia. The USS "McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to ...-- https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics/browne-us-warship-russia-challenge/index.html

North Korea Seen Expanding Missile Base - NPR

North Korea appears to be expanding a missile base in a remote, mountainous part of the country, according to new commercial satellite imagery studied by independent researchers. The base, located near the Chinese border, is believed to be capable of ...-- https://www.npr.org/2018/12/05/673917730/north-korea-seen-expanding-missile-base

Satanism Is Coming to Town: Illinois Displays Satanic 'Snaketivity' Scene in State Capitol - CBN News

The Illinois Capitol rotunda has a brand new Christmas display this year. Alongside the Nativity scene and Hanukkah Menorah stands an arm holding an apple with a snake coiled around it. The unusual sculpture called "Snaketivity" was donated by The ...and more »-- http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/december/satanism-is-coming-to-town-illinois-displays-satanic-snaketivity-scene-in-state-capitol

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/

Global carbon pollution up sharply in 2018; 'This is terrible news' - MarketWatch

WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from ...-- https://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-carbon-pollution-up-sharply-in-2018-this-is-terrible-news-2018-12-05

WaPo: Beto O'Rourke met with Barack Obama in November - CNN

Washington (CNN) Beto O'Rourke met with President Barack Obama last month, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The meeting took place at Obama's post-presidency offices in Washington, DC, according to The Post, and comes amid rising ...-- https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics/beto-orourke-barack-obama/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/

Family confirms identity of Florida woman who disappeared in Costa Rica - NBCNews.com

The family of Carla Stefaniak, the Florida woman who disappeared last week during a birthday trip to Costa Rica, confirmed that a body found near her rented Airbnb is hers. Costa Rican authorities said Monday that a body partially buried in plastic ...-- https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/family-florida-woman-who-disappeared-costa-rica-confirms-body-found-n944066

Saudi lobbyists bought 500 nights at Trump's DC hotel after 2016 election: report - The Hill

Saudi lobbyists moved some business to President Trump · Donald John TrumpRepublican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp Kevin Hart to host 2019 Oscars Giuliani attack on Twitter prompts backlash MORE's hotel in Washington, D.C., ...-- https://thehill.com/policy/international/419956-saudi-backed-lobbyist-paid-for-500-nights-at-dc-trump-hotel-after-2016

Saudi ambassador returns to Washington for the first time since killing of journalist - Washington Post

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, has returned to Washington for the first time since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Embassy spokeswoman said Wednesday. The return of Khalid, the younger ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/saudi-ambassador-returns-to-washington-for-the-first-time-since-journalists-murder/2018/12/05/714726da-6a07-4ddb-a3a9-11a2e8c44024_story.html

Wisconsin GOP curtails powers of incoming Dems - The Hill

Wisconsin's Republican-led General Assembly on Wednesday passed a handful of measures that will limit the power of the state's incoming Democratic governor and attorney general amid loud protests over what Democrats called a blatant power grab.-- https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/419946-wisconsin-gop-curtails-powers-of-incoming-dems

Search underway for missing Marines following mishap involving two aircraft - Washington Post

U.S. Marines and Japanese authorities were searching off the coast of Japan for six Marines after a mishap involving a fighter jet and a plane used for transporting troops and refueling, Marine officials said early Thursday. One Marine was rescued ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2018/12/05/search-underway-missing-marines-following-mishap-involving-two-aircraft/

Kevin Durant says there are challenges to finding a sidekick for LeBron - ESPN

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't landed a superstar player yet to pair with LeBron James -- and Kevin Durant thinks they may struggle in that effort. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Durant discussed the challenges associated with playing with ...-- http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25460460/kevin-durant-not-sure-lakers-find-star-pair-lebron

'He didn't seem angry': Witnesses testify about James A. Fields's demeanor during Charlottesville rally - Washington Post

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Hayden Calhoun and his girlfriend, Sarah Bolstad, met James A. Fields Jr. just before the fatal crash that would haunt this city. The couple drove from the Richmond area on the morning of Aug. 12, 2017, to attend the “Unite the Right ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/he-didnt-seem-angry-witnesses-testify-about-james-a-fieldss-demeanor-during-charlottesville-rally/2018/12/05/5b4070b0-f81a-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html

Police: Student killed after truck rear-ends school bus in northern Indiana - Indianapolis Star

One student was killed and another was flown to the hospital Wednesday morning after a truck rear-ended a school bus carrying more than 30 children on U.S. 31. According to officials from the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of ...-- https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2018/12/05/student-killed-northern-indiana-school-bus-crash-eastern-pulaski-county-schools/2214540002/

New Hampshire Secretary of State Wins 22nd Term - Wall Street Journal

New Hampshire lawmakers voted by a razor-thin margin Wednesday to grant Bill Gardner a 22nd term as secretary of state despite opposition from his own Democratic Party. New Hampshire is one of just three states where the legislature picks the secretary ...-- https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-hampshire-secretary-of-state-wins-22nd-term-1544044933

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

Jessica Simpson calls out Natalie Portman for shaming her over 1999 bikini photo - Boston Herald

Natalie Portman and Jessica Simpson got into a minor quarrel over a bikini picture of Simpson. From 1999. In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Natalie Portman arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Annihilation” at the Regency Village Theatre. (Photo by ...and more »-- https://www.bostonherald.com/2018/12/05/jessica-simpson-calls-out-natalie-portman-for-shaming-her-over-1999-bikini-photo/

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/

AP Explains: The French protesters' economic discontents - Washington Post

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to cut taxes and boost France's growth. A year and a half after he came into power, he is facing violent protests over rising taxes, a high cost of living and policies criticized by some as favoring ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ap-explains-the-french-protesters-economic-discontents/2018/12/05/a9d8d8b4-f8bc-11e8-8642-c9718a256cbd_story.html

USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy as part of 'reorganization' - ESPN

USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday as it searches for ways to remain afloat in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The national governing body for gymnastics said it hopes this latest move will allow for an ...-- http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/25461239/usa-gymnastics-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy-petition

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