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North Korean Pop Singer Leads Pre-Olympic Delegation to South

The advance team of North Koreans, headed by Hyon Song-wol, one of the North’s best-known propaganda singers, arrived in the South on Sunday.

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Singer Ed Sheeran is engaged

Countless newlyweds have chosen Ed Sheeran's ballad, "Thinking Out Loud," to play during their first dance. Now, the British singer-songwriter gets to decide if he wants it played at his own wedding.

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British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran said on Saturday he is engaged to long-time friend Cherry Seaborn, whom he first met at school at the age of 11.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music from Tracey Thorn, the Chainsmokers, Brazilian Girls and more.

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Shutting out immigrants is not Christian, pope says

IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday that it is not Christian to shut out immigrants, urging nations to welcome people whose lives had been "watered down" by poverty, injustice and exploitation.

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On Stage Was Springsteen, in the Audience, Chris Christie

In his first night out as a private citizen, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, headed into New York City to catch a show by his idol, Bruce Springsteen.

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Chris Cuomo spars with WH staffer over DHS report

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah defends the Trump administration report on terrorism and its statistics on the immigrant population.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus Wants You to Think About Whiteness (and to Dance)

The indie-pop musician applied lessons learned while D.J.-ing and attending a workshop on race to her new album, “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.”

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Cranberries singer's death 'not suspicious'

The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

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Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...

George Washington Bridge Scandal (2013) nytimes.com

Editorial: Now Chris Christie Is Just a Bad Memory

His microscopic approval rating, after years of scandal and neglect, is a clear sign that, whatever he thinks, few are sorry to see him go.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said.

Cranberries, The (Music Group) nytimes.com

Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies

The singer was 46. There was no immediate information about the cause of death.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at age 46

Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died in London on Monday, according to a statement from her publicist.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46: RTE TV

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, has died suddenly in London at the age of 46, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported on Monday.

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BRIEF-Christopher Dobbin Acquires Additional Stock Options Of Nova Leap Health

* CHRISTOPHER DOBBIN ACQUIRES ADDITIONAL STOCK OPTIONS OF NOVA LEAP HEALTH CORP.

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Christie, Booker team up to oppose Trump's offshore drilling proposal

A bipartisan group of New Jersey elected officials has teamed up to ask the Trump administration to stop talks of allowing offshore drilling off the coast of their state.

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Chris Matthews apologizes for making comment about 'Bill Cosby pill' before interviewing Hillary Clinton

Theater nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater

Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

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Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch

Paramilitary officers used explosives and heavy machinery to destroy the church, reflecting tensions between Christians and the Communist Party.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

How Camila Cabello Lost Some Friends and Found Her Voice

The “Havana” singer and former Fifth Harmony member opens up about her solo journey and “super awkward” split from the group.

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UPDATE 3-Tesco's Christmas tarnished by poor sales of DVDs and games

* UK like-for-like sales in six weeks to Christmas up 1.9 pct

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UPDATE 2-Tesco's Christmas tarnished by poor sales of gifts like DVDs and games

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco missed forecasts for Christmas trading on Thursday as strong sales of fresh food were undermined by lower demand for general goods such as DVDs and computer games.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.

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Sears had a miserable, miserable Christmas

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Bad luck dogs Sochi slopestyle surprise Christensen

LONDON (Reuters) - If anybody can defy the odds to win gold in Pyeongchang it is American skier Joss Christensen, whose preparations for the 2018 Winter Games have been blighted by a serious knee injury, broken bones and a dog bite.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

He Made Kids’ Music and Albums About Lucifer. Now His Work Is a Rock Opera.

The psychedelic work of Bruce Haack, an electronic-music pioneer who died in 1988, is coming to the stage.

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UPDATE 3-Morrisons, Tesco and discounters stand out in Christmas battle

* Squeezed UK shoppers focus on food, drink over Christmas (Adds detail on discounters, analyst comment, updates shares)

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UPDATE 2-Morrisons and Tesco shine in Christmas sales battle

* Aldi and Lidl still winning market share (Adds detail, CEO comment, Kantar/Nielsen and BRC data, shares)

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Tesco top in UK Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

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Tesco triumphs in Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

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Christ statue procession in Philippines draws throngs of devotees

MANILA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of devotees, many barefooted, joined a chaotic procession in the Philippine capital on Tuesday for a black Jesus Christ statue, in one of the biggest annual religious festivals in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

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Editorial: Europe Listens Anxiously as Germans Talk

The world is in urgent need of strong leadership from Berlin, so Angela Merkel needs to form a government quickly.

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Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security

CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Religion-State Relations nytimes.com

Opinion: The Museum of the Bible Is a Safe Space for Christian Nationalists

If your plan is to build a more religious country, Washington is a good place to start.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs

Hear the new songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Christie on His Relationship With Trump (Great) and His Regrets (Few) as New Jersey’s Governor

“I feel like I’ve done the job as well or better than anybody who’s ever had it,” Gov. Chris Christie said.

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Roy Moore's Jewish lawyer is a practicing Christian

The Jewish lawyer whom Kayla Moore, wife of failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, bragged about knowing is actually a practicing Christian.

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Dog guards body of dead owner for weeks over Christmas

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A dog has been rescued by animal protection services in Hungary after being found lying alongside the body of her mistress who died weeks before.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: A Power Struggle in Iran

A closer look at the largest protests in Iran in years suggests that the country’s president may have been the one who started it all.

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UPDATE 2-Aldi pursues UK expansion after record Christmas

* Targeting 1,000 UK stores by 2022 (Adds detail, CEO, analyst comment)

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Spotify sued for $1.6B over Tom Petty, Doors songs

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Gunman kills two Christians at alcohol store south of Cairo: security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - A masked gunman shot dead two Christian brothers at their alcohol shop south of Cairo on Monday, security sources said.

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Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - At an hour that Sama'an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets.

Shopping and Retail nytimes.com

Christmas May Be Over, but Holiday Shopping Is Not

In the last week of the year, called the 13th Month or the Second Season by retailers, e-commerce-fueled returns and gift cards send consumers back to buy more.

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Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Lil Wayne Recaptures His Old Magic and 8 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Major Lazer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cassie and more.

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Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) - The president of Brazil's Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer's actions needed further examination by the court.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

New Year’s Eve 2017: A Guide to Music and Comedy Events

Set the DVR for Mariah Carey’s “Rockin’ Eve” do-over and head out to catch the cabaret, comedy, dance music, rock shows and jazz lineups ringing in 2018.

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Brazil's top prosecutor challenges President Temer's Christmas pardons

(Reuters) - Brazil's top prosecutor has launched a legal challenge against pardons granted by President Michel Temer just before Christmas, saying they are unconstitutional and threaten a probe into the country's largest-ever corruption scandal.

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Brazil top prosecutor challenges President Temer's Christmas pardons

(Reuters) - Brazil's top prosecutor has launched a legal challenge against pardons made by President Michel Temer just before Christmas, alleging they are unconstitutional and threaten the Car Wash probe into the country's largest-ever corruption scandal.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Why Every Pop Star Wants a Piece of Starrah

With hits for Drake, Rihanna and Maroon 5, an intensely private woman is the secret queen of streaming.

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BRIEF-Karen Singer Reports 5 Pct Stake In Alaska Communications Systems Group

* KAREN SINGER REPORTS A 5 PERCENT STAKE IN ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP INC AS OF DEC 27 - SEC FILING

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Singer Files Police Report Claiming Corey Lewandowski Slapped Her on the Buttocks

The singer, Joy Villa, and the former Trump campaign manager met at a party celebrating the president. She said Mr. Lewandowski slapped her twice on the buttocks.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.

As streaming continues to remake the music industry, artists and record labels schemed and scrambled, remixed and bundled to get their songs into fans’ ears.

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Belgian zoo welcomes baby elephant on Christmas day

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A baby elephant born on Christmas day made its first public appearance at a Belgian zoo on Wednesday.

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Singer says Corey Lewandowski slapped her butt at Trump hotel party

Singer Joy Villa, a Donald Trump supporter, has filed a police report against former Trump presidential campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who she says sexually assaulted her at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

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Family rescues strangers on Christmas Eve. Twice.

Now this is a real power couple.

Christmas Trees nytimes.com

Don’t Just Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

Old trees can be used as mulch in city parks, to create fish habitats and to rebuild coastal dunes.

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Mom, 2 children killed in Christmas shooting

A mother and her two children -- one just 10 months old -- were killed on Christmas in a domestic violence shooting at a Phoenix apartment complex, police said.

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39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

HAVANA (Reuters) - A fireworks explosion injured 39 people, including six children between the ages of 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday.

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22 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

HAVANA (Reuters) - A fireworks explosion seriously injured 22 people, including six children between ages 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday.

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Trumps send Christmas wishes

The first family offered Christmas wishes Monday morning.

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Trump celebrates Christmas surrounded by family, friends -- and Twitter

All was not calm and bright on President Donald Trump's Twitter feed this Christmas.

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Queen pays tribute to terror and fire victims in Christmas speech

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack and the Grenfell Tower fire in London during her annual Christmas Day message Monday.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group) nytimes.com

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis Prays for Peace in an Uneasy World

The pope’s Urbi et Orbi address read like a litany of global conflicts, with remarks noting tensions in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

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Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Toys nytimes.com

6 Tales of Parents Who Did What It Took to Snag Must-Have Toys at Christmas

We asked readers to tell us how far they (or a parent) had gone to get a popular toy. Tales of determination, ingenuity and luck poured in.

Christians and Christianity nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Christians Need a New Right-to-Life Movement

I hope for the day when feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and welcoming refugees aren’t political issues at all.

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For Iraq's Christians, a bittersweet first Christmas home after Islamic State

TELESKOF, Iraq (Reuters) - Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing "Jingle Bells" in Aramaic.

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Trump's Christmas wish: 'We've got prosperity. Now we want peace'

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - On Christmas Eve, U.S. President Donald Trump took calls from children, asking them what they wanted most from Santa, and revealing what was on his own wish list.

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Pope, on Christmas Eve, says faith demands respect of immigrants

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, comparing them to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed.

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Pope leads Christmas Eve Mass at Vatican

CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen talks about Pope Francis' fifth Christmas Eve mass message.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Pope Francis Puts Focus on Refugees in Christmas Eve Mass

At a Mass that amplifies his voice around the globe, Francis evoked a parallel between the travails of migrants and those of the biblical holy family.

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From Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers Christians personal tours of Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims on Sunday in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel's capital by U.S. President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion.

Plummer, Christopher nytimes.com

Review: Christopher Plummer Dominates ‘All the Money in the World’

Mr. Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty, is magnetic in the film, which recounts the 1973 kidnapping of his grandson.

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Venezuela frees 36 jailed opponents in Christmas gesture

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with their families on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.

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Trump wishes troops a Merry Christmas

President Donald Trump wished a Merry Christmas to a group of American service members deployed abroad during a teleconference from Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, telling the troops from all five military branches that Americans was asking God to watch over them.

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Thirty-six Maduro foes freed in Christmas gesture in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with loved ones on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.

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Christmas, North Korea, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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‘We Are Afraid of Christmas’: Tensions Dampen Holiday in India

Christmas is becoming big business in India, where it has a cosmopolitan appeal to people of many faiths. But far-right Hindu groups have put the holiday in their cross hairs.

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This sad tree is breaking hearts at Christmas

Rome's Christmas tree is so threadbare that locals began mocking it, calling it 'Spelacchio', or 'mangy'. CNN's Delia Gallagher asks Romans what they think of their tree.

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In 'China's Jerusalem', Christians say faith trumps official Sunday School ban

WENZHOU, China (Reuters) - When authorities in China's southeastern city of Wenzhou outlawed Sunday School earlier this year, Christian parents determined their children must still learn about Jesus and the Bible.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings nytimes.com

Boy, 6, Killed in Deputy Shooting in Texas Days Before Christmas

When sheriff’s deputies shot at a suspect on Thursday, a bullet made its way into a mobile home and killed Kameron Prescott, a first-grader.

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Elderly couple's plan to give weed for Christmas thwarted by Nebraska cops

(Reuters) - An elderly California couple discovered by Nebraska sheriff's deputies with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck during a cross-country trip said they had planned to give the weed to family as Christmas presents, police said.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Mariah Carey Will Return to ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ After Last Year’s Meltdown

The singer is seeking redemption by once again headlining the ABC show following a flubbed performance in Times Square.

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The history of 'A Christmas Carol'

A look at the backstory of the Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol." CNN's Nick Glass reports.

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Christmas is about finding what's holy in all of us

Christmas nytimes.com

Personal Journeys: On Christmas Eve in Ukraine, the Church Is Chilly (or Is It?)

I celebrated Christmas with relatives in the village of Shutromynsti. There were many courses, multiple toasts, piercing memories and joyful singing.

Trees and Shrubs nytimes.com

Merry Christmas. Now Who Swiped My Tree?

From New England to Texas, real-life Grinches keep stealing holiday greenery. But tree owners are fighting back with video cameras — and the thief-repelling odor of skunks.

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Police evacuate Bonn Christmas market, probe suspicious package

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police brought in experts and an explosives robot to investigate a suspicious package found at the Christmas market in the west German city of Bonn late on Friday.

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Christians worldwide prepare for holidays with an eye on security

QUETTA, Pakistan/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Newsbook: Holiday Fiction, Just in Time for Christmas

Whether you like thrillers or Y.A., here are three books to get you through the end of the year.

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Tiger parts ways with swing coach Chris Como

(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Friday he has decided to end his working relationship with swing coach Chris Como, opting instead to fly solo in his latest comeback from injury.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Isn’t Going Anywhere and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

A Sex Pistols Concert Film Languished for Four Decades. Here’s Why.

The story of the documentary “D.O.A.: A Right of Passage” involved the founder of High Times and a race to capture the band’s only United States tour.

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Estonian police send 'black' Christmas cards to driving offenders

TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonian police have sent 700 Christmas cards to the Baltic country's worst drivers, hoping that pictures of car crashes and road accident statistics will get repeat offenders to change their ways.

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Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - One of the world's largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more...

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How Fox fueled 'war on Christmas' news

For more than a decade, a Fox News holiday tradition has been extensive coverage of the "war on Christmas." CNN's Tom Kludt shows how the same elements that fueled Fox News' "war on Christmas" coverage can also be found in the 2016 Presidential campaign of the most powerful Fox News viewer in the world.

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Verona Journal: Pandoro Is Italy’s Christmas Miracle. Easter Is Another Story.

Workers at Melegatti, the maker of traditional Christmas cakes, have staved off layoffs by urging Italians to eat pandoro.

Christmas nytimes.com

Doctors: Christmas in the I.C.U.

There’s an illusion that if you want something enough, even something as fantastical as avoiding death, you might just get it.

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Did Trump really end the 'war on Christmas'?

Did President Donald Trump live up to his promise to end the "war on Christmas"? Depends on who you ask.

Christmas nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Cardinal Tobin, Am I a Christian?

Nicholas Kristof put blunt questions to Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark.

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Philippines' Maoists declare traditional Christmas truce

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Maoist rebels declared a traditional Christmas truce on Friday after the government announced the same, calling off hostilities for six days.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Where Jesus Would Spend Christmas

Today’s Bethlehem is a teeming refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Europe Edition: Catalonia, Jerusalem, Christmas: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Christopher Plummer can't quite fix 'All the Money in the World'

"All the Money in the World" certainly earns points -- and merits curiosity -- for its sheer logistics, having replaced Kevin Spacey at the eleventh hour in the wake of sexual-misconduct allegations. Yet Christopher Plummer's admirable performance and the high degree of difficulty aren't enough to make director Ridley Scott's movie about the famous 1973 kidnapping feel as if it delivers a wholly satisfactory payoff.

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Peace on Earth? Not during New York suburbs' Christmas light wars

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. homeowners festooning their front lawns with thousands of twinkling lights, massive inflated Santas, candy canes and reindeer to spark smiles are instead igniting ornament wars, enraging neighbors over traffic, pollution and safety concerns.

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Because this ballot was counted for the GOP, control of the VA House essentially comes down to a coin toss

A single ballot has put the control of the Virginia House chamber back in limbo for the second time in one week, and next Wednesday morning, the balance of power will be settled in a random drawing.

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Jerusalem 'Santa' offers free Christmas trees to residents

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In a corner of Jerusalem, a man dressed as Santa Claus and riding a camel tries to lift the atmosphere a little by offering free Christmas trees to residents of a city at the...

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Wailing fans bid farewell to South Korean singer, officials flag suicide concerns

SEOUL (Reuters) - Grief-stricken fans braved Seoul's winter cold on Thursday to bid farewell to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, but his apparent suicide fueled health officials' concern about copycat bids.

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Wailing fans bid farewell to lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee

SEOUL (Reuters) - Grief-stricken fans braved Seoul's winter cold on Thursday to bid farewell to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, who died in hospital in a suspected suicide.

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A ‘Mangy’ Christmas Tree Strikes Romans as a Symbol of Their City’s Decline

With its needles falling rapidly, Rome’s official Christmas tree is a sorry sight. They call it Spelacchio, or Mangy.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Pence’s Christmas Pilgrimage Is Canceled. His Next Mideast Move Is Complicated.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to meet with Christian leaders in the Middle East but several canceled after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Keeps the Songs but Loses the Plot

The latest entry in this movie series fares best when its director treats it as a fantastical buddy comedy.

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Christie: Kushner should be investigated

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) says President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner deserves to be a target of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

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Tolkien Christmas letters to his children to go on show

LONDON (Reuters) - A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Ending the Individual Mandate

Congress is using the tax bill to kill the Affordable Care Act provision. What does this mean for the future of health care?

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: What Makes an Ugly Christmas Sweater Beautiful?

Wednesday: A search for truly ugly holiday wear, New York on Ice, and your best news of 2017.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Crime: Even on Christmas Eve, Criminals Don’t Take a Holiday

Marilyn Stasio’s column features tales of murder and mayhem, from cozy to grisly, all decked out in the finery of the season.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What to Get Theresa May for Christmas

A good lesson on Europe’s bare-knuckle negotiating tactics.

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Philippine leader declares unilateral ceasefire for Christmas

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a 10-day unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels to allow Filipinos to celebrate a "stress-free" Christmas season, two weeks after peace talks with the insurgents were formally scrapped.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Merry Christmas, Vladimir — Your Friend, Donald

Russia continues to get a strong return on its investment.

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Mexico journalist shot dead at Christmas celebration at son's school

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the Mexican state of Veracruz as he attended a Christmas celebration at his son's school, the latest murder in the country's deadliest year on record for media workers.

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Will it be a white Christmas? Here's the forecast

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, "wish-casting" a weather forecast gets you only so far. If you want to know where to go to have the best odds, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has an interactive map that guides you through the climatological chances individual towns have of having a white Christmas.

Christmas nytimes.com

A Guide to (Somewhat) Painless Christmas Travel

It's the busiest holiday travel season in years, but don’t go canceling Christmas just yet. Here are some ways to avoid the bustle.

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Be careful of lithium ion batteries, Europe warns Christmas air travellers

BERLIN (Reuters) - European aviation safety authorities have urged airlines to remind passengers about how best to transport electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries over the busy Christmas travel period.

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Secrets of Rockefeller Center at Christmas

Lights twinkle, skaters glide across the ice and the scent of pine fills the air.

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Merkel admits mistakes in the 2016 Christmas market attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should learn from security shortcomings exposed by a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market a year ago and increase aid to survivors and families of victims, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

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Romans decry 'Mangy', city's threadbare Christmas tree, as symbol of decline

ROME (Reuters) - Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. How mangy are your branches! That could be Rome's version of the classic Christmas carol, which speaks instead of branches, lovely and steadfast.

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Christmas Around the World: 10 International Destinations to Visit

Cities all over the world celebrate Christmas in unique and memorable ways. Here are a few to consider for your last-minute Christmas trip.

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BRIEF-Bladex Announces The Departure Of Mr. Christopher Schech, Chief Financial Officer

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Banco Latinoamericano De Comercio Exterior Sa:

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'White Christmas' fans are sure to know these 7 facts

If there's a Christmas movie you can count on watching on TV, it's "White Christmas."

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'A Christmas Story Live' gets bad reviews

Fox's "A Christmas Story Live!" didn't quite bring the holiday cheer on Sunday night.

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee dies in possible suicide

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars.

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Stocks surge over Wall Street's Christmas gift -- a bill cutting corporate taxes that Trump could sign this week

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Review: ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Wasn’t Lively Enough

A game cast, lively score and sturdy source material made Fox’s holiday special pleasant enough, but the presentation was lackluster.

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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Lead singer for South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer for South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

(Reuters) - British scientists have created what they believe is the world's smallest Christmas card, a seasonal greeting so tiny that over 200 million of them could fit into a standard postage stamp.

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Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

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East Libyan commander Haftar says will listen to 'will of free Libyan people'

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control parts of the country, said on Sunday he would listen to the "will of free Libyan people", in the strongest indication so far that he might run in elections expected next year.

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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said.

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Gunmen attack Christian church in Pakistan, at least one dead

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Attackers detonated a bomb and opened fire on worshippers inside a Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said.

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'SNL' has special White House Christmas message

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The Composer Who Owns Christmas

Choirs around the world sing John Rutter’s works, but their tuneful accessibility has kept him from a place in the pantheon of serious composers.

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Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes.

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Trump: Tax bill is a great Christmas gift

President Donald Trump praises the GOP tax bill before departing for Camp David, saying it will mostly benefit middle-class Americans.

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Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal: mayor

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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BRIEF-Alaska Communications Comments On Schedule 13D Filing By Karen Singer Group

* ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS COMMENTS ON SCHEDULE 13D FILING BY KAREN SINGER GROUP

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1,000 Miles, Four Families, One Christmas Tree

A balsam fir tree’s journey from a farm in Nova Scotia to a living room in Ridgewood, Queens, reveals the hard work necessary to deliver holiday cheer.

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Opinion: Have a Very Merry War on Christmas

America has a new religion: Fox evangelicalism.

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Security tight as Germany marks anniversary of Christmas market attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has tightened security at Christmas markets across the country a year after a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire from victims' relatives for her handling of the case.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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City Kitchen: A Different Kind of Christmas Dinner: Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry

Spicy sizzled shrimp are an impressive, festive dish from a different Christmas tradition.

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Does Christmas music make you a Grinch?

Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small?

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Steinhoff says Christo Wiese steps down as chairman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Retail group Steinhoff , which is fighting for survival following its disclosure of accounting irregularities, said on Thursday that South African tycoon Christo Wiese has stepped down as chairman.

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Oasis star Liam Gallagher lends voice to Christmas climate change campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change.

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Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

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How Newtown defined Chris Murphy's mission

Sen. Chris Murphy looks back on how his political career was shaped by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, five years after it happened.

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Red-suited frontman for Finland's Santa village calls for Christmas love

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) - A red-suited frontman for Santa Claus village in Lapland has asked people to "share the compassion and the love of Christmas" this year.

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Austria's Kurz optimistic on coalition deal with far right by Christmas

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Party were in the "home straight" and a deal on forming a government should be reached by next week.

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Christie’s Just Set Another Auction Record, for Handbag Sales

In Paris, it was Birkins at dawn, and under the gavel.

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Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for video 'inciting debauchery'

A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.

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BRIEF-Aqua America Announces Appointment Of Chris Franklin As Chairman

* AQUA AMERICA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS FRANKLIN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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Sports of The Times: Chris Froome Tests Positive, and Cycling History Repeats Itself

It’s hard to be surprised by the news that cycling’s most dominant rider has tested positive for a banned drug.

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Airplane draws one-of-a-kind Christmas tree in the sky

An Airbus plane out of Hamburg, Germany, took a particularly festive flight on Wednesday, mapping out an intricate Christmas tree over the country that could be clearly seen on flight radar sites.

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BRIEF-Plains All American Pipeline Announces Open Season For Permian Basin To Corpus Christi Pipeline

* PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE ANNOUNCES OPEN SEASON FOR PERMIAN BASIN TO CORPUS CHRISTI PIPELINE

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Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: ‘It’s About Time’

The band will join the institution in April along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol.

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Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

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'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

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Christoph Waltz, Directing Opera, Moves From Tarantino to Verdi

The Oscar-winning actor concentrates on subtle acting in his new production of “Falstaff” at Opera Vlaanderen in Belgium.

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BRIEF-Bloomin' Brands Says Chris Sullivan Gave Notice Of Resignation From Board

* BLOOMIN' BRANDS - ON DEC 6,CHRIS T. SULLIVAN GAVE NOTICE OF RESIGNATION FROM BOARD; ON SULLIVAN’S RESIGNATION, BOARD REDUCED SIZE TO 7 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jOzTN7) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Christodoro Says Resigning From Xerox Board Due To Belief Board To Make Decisions With Which He Disagrees

* JONATHAN CHRISTODORO SAYS IT NOW APPEARS THAT THE XEROX BOARD WILL MAKE DECISIONS AND TAKE XEROX IN A "DIRECTION WITH WHICH I STRONGLY DISAGREE"

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Alabama Senate Race

One day before the polls open, many are asking whether voters will find it harder to support Roy Moore or a Democrat.

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Indonesia detains 18 in pre-emptive bid to boost Christmas security

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained 18 people with links to militant groups in a bid to cut the risk of attacks during Christmas and the New Year in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, police said on Monday.

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Haley on Trump accusers: 'We should all be willing to listen to them'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including President Donald Trump's accusers.

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Berlin police say bags of bullets found near Christmas market not linked to terrorism

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no reason to suspect that two bags of bullets found near a Christmas market and mosque in western Berlin have anything to do with terrorism and the find was related neither to the market nor to the mosque, police said on Sunday.

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Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.

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Review: Taylor Swift Leads a Jingle Ball Full of Hardheaded Women and Nice Guys

The annual concert of hitmakers at Madison Square Garden slighted pop’s diversity, offering a narrow definition of what “hit radio” looked like in 2017.

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South gets several inches of rare, pre-Christmas snow

The South got a early taste of winter before other regions this year, but the Northeast won't have to wait for too long.

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N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Dec 8 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.

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Trump Speaks Tonight in Florida, but Alabama Voters Will Be Listening

President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in the Florida Panhandle Friday night. But his real audience is likely to be in neighboring Alabama.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Seun Kuti and Santana Sound an Alarm, and 10 More New Songs

The week's most notable new songs, from Migos to Johnny Mathis.

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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

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'X-Men' film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brian Singer, the director of the film series "X-Men", has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

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See Christmas lights cause house fire

A family in Columbia, Tennessee said a single strand of Christmas lights led to their house catching fire. HLN's Robin Meade has the story.

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High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas

RUNGIS, France (Reuters) - If you're holidaying in France this festive season, you'll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that...

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Al Franken and the Democrats

The Democratic senator from Minnesota announced that he would resign, even as he denied accusations of sexual misconduct. What does it tell us that his own party pressed him to do it?

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An Alexa Holdout Wants to Know Who’s Listening

Some 24 million so-called smart speakers are expected to sell this year. But not all of us are ready to share our thoughts.

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BRIEF-Karen Singer Reports 5 Percent Passive Stake In Alaska Communications Systems As Of Dec 6

* KAREN SINGER REPORTS A 5 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [ID:http://bit.ly/2jrmA5k] Further company coverage:

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Bosnian suspected of plotting Christmas market attack in Austria's Graz

VIENNA (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Bosnian man has been arrested in the Austrian city of Graz on suspicion of planning an attack on its Christmas market, police said on Thursday.

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Arab Anger and Resignation Over Jerusalem

The Palestinian issue seems to no longer be at the top of the agenda for many Arab leaders. Also, what it’s like to visit the Saudi crown prince.

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The 54 Best Songs of 2017

Our pop music critics share their favorite tracks, from Jay-Z to Cardi B, Father John Misty to Sam Hunt.

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Can’t Find Any Fingerlings? Bots Snap Up Popular Christmas Toys for Resale

Hot toys like the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse quickly sold out online this year, then appeared on eBay and Amazon at inflated prices.

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The stories behind your favorite Christmas songs

Grab your Mariah Carey vocals. 'Tis the season for Christmas caroling.

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Jerusalem, and the Weinstein Machine

Why President Trump might be risking hopes of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. Also, how Harvey Weinstein used his connections to cover up misconduct accusations.