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  • Negotiators reach preliminary agreement in US, China trade talks

    WASHINGTON– US and Chinese negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement that would ease trade tensions but fall short of a comprehensive deal, people familiar with the talks told CNN on Friday. Details are still emerging, but one person familiar with the agreement said it’s likely to include some US tariffs relief. An increase in duties was due to take effect next week. It’s not clear what China has agreed to, but ahead of Friday’s talks a person familiar said an […]

  • Deputy steps in to save Halloween for 6-year-old North Carolina boy

    EDNEYVILLE, N.C. — A charred frame is all that remains of a family of four’s home, hours after their RV went up in flames Monday morning. “They had left to take the 6-year-old to school, and then the neighbor had saw that their place on was fire,” said Edneyville Fire and Rescue Chief Robert Griffin. Chief Griffin said it appears a space heater started the fire. “I’ve seen a lot in the past, and this, just to see kids without, […]

  • Trump’s use of emergency funds to build wall ruled unlawful by federal judge

    EL PASO– A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a border wall is unlawful and appears poised to block the use of those funds. Judge David Briones of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, asked challengers of the wall to propose the scope of a preliminary injunction. The lawsuit, brought by El Paso County, Texas, and Border Network for Human Rights, seeks an injunction to block Trump’s […]

  • Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Announcing the prize in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Ahmed’s “efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.” Abiy was the second favorite to win after the climate change activist Greta Thunberg, according to bookmakers Betfair and William Hill. The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s office tweeted out a statement after Abiy Ahmed saying it was “pleased to express our pride” […]

  • Study says hundreds of North American bird species face extinction threat

    Nearly two-thirds of North American birds studied will go extinct if global warming hits 3 degrees Celsius (5.4˚F), a new report from the National Audubon Society finds. Orioles, eagles, grouse and gulls are among 389 types of bird — 64% of 604 species assessed on this continent — that are highly or moderately vulnerable to climate change, the study says. The stark warning follows research published last month that showed the US and Canada had lost 2.9 billion birds in about the last […]

  • NFL player wins appeal over ‘Man of God’ headband, donates $7K fine money he would’ve had to pay

    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis says he won’t have to pay a $7,017 fine for wearing a “Man of God” headband, so he’s donating the money — and more — to his hometown hospital. Davis was fined by the National Football League for wearing the headband during the Saints’ Week 3 win over the Seattle Seahawks. League rules prohibit players from “wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages” during game day events unless they are approved by the NFL. He announced that […]

  • Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old ‘New York’ in Israel

    Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered the remains of an “immense” 5,000-year-old city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said, shedding new light on a period when the region’s rural population began building larger urban centers. Halfway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, the 160-acre site at En Esur was revealed during roadworks on a new interchange to the town of Harish. “Our site is more than two or three times larger than the largest sites (in this area) during this period,” […]

  • Sony confirms PlayStation 5 to launch in 2020 for holiday season

    Nearly six years after the arrival of PlayStation 4, Sony confirmed on Tuesday its next console will launch in 2020 for the holiday season. In a blog post, the company announced PlayStation 5 will feature a redesigned controller. It will include haptic feedback and improved tactile sensations, such as rumbling and shaking, so that users can better feel what’s going on within a game. “With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race […]

  • Men sue drug maker after developing breasts

    Johnson & Johnson will have to pay $8 billion in punitive damages after a man claims the company didn’t warn young men that the drug Risperdal could grow breasts, a jury said Tuesday, according to Reuters. Nicholas Murray, 26, previously won $680,000 in the case over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Murray says he developed breasts after he began taking Risperdal in 2003 when a psychologist diagnosed him with autism spectrum disorder, according to […]

  • Students will soon be able to retake specific sections of the ACT

    It looks like the ACT believes in second chances. College-entrance exam ACT announced Tuesday that students who have already taken the entire exam once will have the option to retake specific sections of the ACT test instead of taking the whole thing over again. If a student does poorly on the math section, for example, but aces the other three sections, this change allows the student to retake only the math portion and keep the original scores in the other […]

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