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  2. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday praised President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria."I am happy to see a President who can declare victory and bring our troops out of a war. It's been a long time s... View the full article
  3. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, saying the move would be an "Obama-like mistake.""If these media reports are true, it will be an O... View the full article
  4. Eight days ago, President Donald Trump had this to say about the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress didn't give him $5 billion to begin construction on his border wall: View the full article
  5. The new battery-powered luxury ride is capable, comfy, and clever. View the full article
  6. A judge dropped charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year old boy after the prosecutor in the case was arrested for showing up to court drunk.Judge Marti Mertz of Clarke County, Iowa, issued th... View the full article
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  8. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Wednesday that President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, should not be given a pass in court because of his military and government service."I get that he'... View the full article
  9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he will move a stopgap measure funding the government until early February.The measure if passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump woul... View the full article
  10. A pair of GOP state lawmakers in Kansas said Wednesday that they will soon switch their party affiliation and register as Democrats.Sen. Dinah Sykes and Rep. Stephanie Clayton announced their decisions in separate... View the full article
  11. President Trump on Wednesday complained that he was the victim of a "total double standard" of justice after a lawsuit in New York state against the Donald J. Trump Foundation led to ... View the full article
  12. Planning is underway for a "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a US defense official told CNN Wednesday. View the full article
  13. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Republicans will be able to secure funding for a wall along the southern border proposed by President Trump."I don't think we'll get the m... View the full article
  14. If the march of time is eroding your personal picture archive, give your beloved images new life. View the full article
  15. Brooklyn's top prosecutor is expected to dismiss hundreds of low-level marijuana convictions on Wednesday, following through on a plan announced earlier this year.Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez wil... View the full article
  16. UNIVERSITY PARK — Today is National Early Signing Day, when recruits can get a jump on making their college commitments official. Penn State is expecting to add several impact players to its roster. We’ll update this page as Penn State’s latest recruiting class joins the fold. Lance Dixon, linebacker, West Bloomfield, MI (West Bloomfield HS): A 6-2, 201-pound four-star recruit, Dixon is expected to man one of the outside linebacker spots in Happy Valley. He picked Penn State over offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Akron, Ball State, and Boston College. View the full article
  17. It's sad when someone you grew up with dies -- even if it's a fictional character. View the full article
  18. Amazon's voice assistant made considerable gains in 2018 through the continued refinement of machine learning techniques. View the full article
  19. A Los Angeles bishop who served as an ethics cleric has resigned after allegations of past misconduct with a minor, the local archbishop said. View the full article
  20. British lawmakers erupted in fury on Wednesday after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was accused by Conservatives of calling Theresa May a "stupid woman" during Prime Minister's Questions. View the full article
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  22. Saturn’s rings make it one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but scientists believe they could disappear in less than a 100 million years — which isn’t all that long when you consider that the gas giant itself is more than 4 billion years old. New research from NASA shows that the rings, made predominantly of water ice, are being pulled apart by the planet’s gravity and onto Saturn’s surface as deluges of “ring rain.” “We estimate that this ‘ring rain’ drains an amount of water products that could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool from Saturn’s rings in half an hour,” NASA’s James O’Donoghue, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “From this alone, the entire ring system will be gone in 300 million years, but add to this the Cassini-spacecraft measured ring-material detected falling into Saturn’s equator, and the rings have less than 100 million years to live,” he added. ‘Middle of its lifetime’ The rings are mostly composed of lumps of water ice that vary in size from microscopic grains to boulders of several yards across, the space agency said. Their origins have long been debated among scientists. Some suggest it was formed around 4 billion years ago — at the same time as the planet and the rest of the solar system — but others suggest they surrounded the planet many years after the solar system’s birth. What this study indicates is the rings were formed around the planet less than 100 million years ago. “We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime,” O’Donoghue said. “However, if rings are temporary, perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, which have only thin ringlets today!” Dumping water This comes months after research released in October — which used data from the Cassini spacecraft recorded before it plunged into the planet’s atmosphere in 2017 after 20 years of observation– found that “ring rain” was like a “downpour.” During the final plunge, Cassini’s Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer acted as the “nose” of the spacecraft, directly sampling the composition and structure of the atmosphere. According to the spectrometer team, Cassini’s nose hit the “jackpot” as it sniffed out the unknown region between the planet and its closest rings. This is key because Saturn’s upper atmosphere extends almost to the rings. Researchers determined that complex organic compounds are raining a chemical cocktail of dust grains from the closest ring, D ring, into the upper atmosphere. The spectrometer revealed the rings to be composed of water, methane, ammonia, carbon monoxide, molecular nitrogen and carbon dioxide. “While [the spectrometer] was designed to investigate gases, we were able to measure the ring particles because they hit the spacecraft at such high velocities they vaporized,” said Hunter Waite, principal investigator for the spectrometer on Cassini’s nose and lead author of the study published in the journal Science. “Water ice, along with the newly discovered organic compounds, is falling out of the rings way faster than anyone thought — as much as 10,000 kilograms of material per second,” he added. “We know that it’s bumping material out of the rings at least 10 times faster than we thought,” said Thomas Cravens, co-author of one of the October studies and a University of Kansas professor of physics and astronomy. “If it’s not being replenished, the rings aren’t going to last — you’ve got a hole in your bucket. Jupiter probably had a ring that evolved into the current wispy ring, and it could be for similar reasons. Rings do come and go. At some point they gradually drain away unless somehow they’re getting new material.” Saturn is about 900 million miles from the sun, which is nearly 10 times as far as our own distance from the star. While a day on Saturn takes only about 10.7 hours, a year lasts the equivalent of 29 on Earth. And this gas giant has a volume that’s a hulking 700 times that of our own planet. Saturn’s current alignment is in a straight line with the sun and Earth (with Earth in the middle), which affords us a great view of the planet and even some of its moons. Using a telescope, you can see even more moons and Saturn’s rings tilted at 26 degrees. View the full article
  23. Improbable as it may sound, Sunday’s NFL matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins might have been the most American football game ever played. Sixty-five people from 38 different countries became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the field at halftime. Four of the new citizens serve in the US military. The ceremony, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, is believed to be the first naturalization event ever at an NFL game, the Jaguars told CNN. The Jaguars lost the game, 16-13. But the day held particular significance for Jaguars owner Shad Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who has lived in the United States since 1967. “It was a moving experience and a fabulous event, I am a first-generation immigrant who went through the ceremony myself in 1991,” Khan told CNN. “I know it’s an important day in the lives of the participants, and that’s why I want to make this ceremony a tradition at Jaguars games in the years ahead.” The NFL is not the first major American sports league to hold a naturalization ceremony during a game. That distinction belongs to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, who naturalized 50 citizens during a ceremony at halftime of a game in February 2016. Additionally, in June MLB’s Detroit Tigers held a pregame naturalization ceremony that was notable for including two of the team’s own players, Jose Iglesias and Leonys Martin. Here is the full list of countries represented at Sunday’s ceremony: Germany, Venezuela, Canada, Russia, Jamaica, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Albania, Israel, Italy, Cote d’Ivoire, Nepal, Mexico, Belize, Uruguay, Liberia, India, Iraq, Cuba, Panama, New Zealand, Colombia, Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Vietnam, Dominica, Congo (Kinshasa), Nigeria, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Peru, Sudan, China, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua and the Bahamas. View the full article
  24. The majority of Americans oppose making the country more "politically correct" and are "upset" over things people can't say anymore according to an ... View the full article
  25. A retired Wisconsin police officer involved in the investigation of the murder at the center of the popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” is suing its creators and the streaming service. In the defamation lawsuit, former Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office officer Andrew L. Colborn claims that the filmmakers distorted and omitted key facts about the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach and wrongly accused him and others of planting evidence in the case. Steven Avery and his 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, were convicted of the murder in 2007. “Despite overwhelming evidence proving Avery and Dassey’s guilt and the utter absence of evidence supporting defendant’s accusations of police misconduct, defendants falsely led viewers to the inescapable conclusion that plaintiff and others planted evidence to frame Avery for Halbach’s murder,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray plaintiff as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man.” Avery’s blood was found in Halbach’s vehicle, which was found at the auto salvage yard owned by his family. Avery says he is innocent and that the blood and other evidence were planted to frame him. In June, the US Supreme Court declined to take up a case concerning Dassey’s confession. Netflix declined to comment on the lawsuit. CNN has reached out to filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, but has not yet received a response. Ricciardi and Demos worked on the 10-part series for years before releasing it on Netflix in December 2015. It won multiple awards, including Emmys for outstanding documentary or nonfiction series, and outstanding writing and direction for nonfiction programming. They released a sequel to the series in October. Colborn’s lawsuit says he was not a public figure before the series was released and had an impeccable reputation. “During the intervening three years, plaintiff has been subject to worldwide ridicule, contempt and disdain as a result of the baseless and false assertions in MAM that he planted evidence to frame an innocent man or strengthen the case against a guilty one,” the lawsuit said. It said he has been the subject of hundreds of articles, television and radio segments that portray him in a negative light and has been threatened and insulted on social media. It also said he has received threatening messages and recorded enough of them to fill 28 compact discs. Colborn is asking for a jury trial and is demanding a retraction and an “honest clarification of the erroneous and false statements and depictions described above to clear his good name and restore peace of mind,” according to the lawsuit. He is also seeking unspecified damages. View the full article
  26. Don’t panic, you still have some time to get your presents delivered before Christmas next week. But don’t dilly-dally — this week is the busiest of the holiday mailing and shipping season in the United States, with the US Postal Service expecting to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, the USPS said in a news release. The USPS says in the period from December 10 to December 23, it expects it will have delivered nearly 200 million packages. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the postal service predicts it will make a total of nearly 16 billion mail and package deliveries. The agency has expanded its Sunday operations to help with the surge in holiday deliveries. The numbers are scary, considering these are the statistics from one single mailing agency, but you still have a chance to have your package delivered before Christmas. Today is the deadline for UPS’s most affordable delivery option, the UPS 3 Day Select, as well as the deadline for free shipping on Amazon orders. Tomorrow, December 19, is the deadline for FedEx’s “Express Saver,” and December 20 is the deadline for USPS’ first-class and priority mail. To make sure your present arrives on time, these major US carriers suggest you ship your package on or before the following dates: USPS deadlines December 18: Last day to ship APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) through USPS Priority Mail Express December 20: Last day to ship First-Class and Priority mail (including greeting cards) and First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces) December 22: Last day to ship Priority Mail Express UPS deadlines December 18: Last day to ship UPS 3 Day Select December 20: Last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air December 21: Last day to ship UPS Next Day Air December 22: Last day to ship UPS On-Call Pickup for UPS Next Day Air FedEx deadlines December 19: Last day to ship FedEx Express Saver December 20: Last day to ship FedEx 2 Day A.M. and FedEx 2 Day December 21: Last day to ship FedEx First Class, Priority and Standard Overnight December 25: Last day to ship FedEx SameDay, SameDay City Direct and City Priority Amazon deadlines December 19: Last day for free and standard shipping December 22: Last day for two-day shipping December 23: Last day for one-day shipping (in select areas) December 24: Last day for same-day deliveries (in select areas) Traveling with presents If you’re traveling by plane for the holidays, here are some tips from the Transportation Security Administration to keep in mind: If you’re bringing gifts with you, do not wrap them. The TSA suggests to bring your presents unwrapped, in a bag, or in an easy-to-get-to box, in case officers need to open them for a safety check. The TSA wants you to know that if you spent all night baking those Christmas cookies, it’s perfectly ok to pack them in your carry on, but if it’s eggnog or any other liquid, it must be 3.4 ounces or less. If you’re not sure if your present is safe enough to carry through the checkpoint, the TSA suggests you visit its “What can I bring?” section on its web page. Remember, many people travel for the holidays, which is why the TSA suggests getting to the airport earlier than usual, and “use your time at the checkpoint wisely.” Finally, if you think you left something behind at the checkpoint, don’t panic — the TSA has a lost and found program that will help you find your missing items. View the full article
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