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Education (K-12) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How the Tax Bill Hurts the Poorest Schools

Congressional Republicans are going to make it more difficult for states to address inequality in public education.

environmentNews reuters.com

Brazil Senate passes bill to boost ethanol, biodiesel use

BRASÍLIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help cut carbon emissions.

environmentNews reuters.com

U.S. court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban, but allows mine nearby

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling keeping a ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, but also upheld a separate decision allowing a uranium mine nearby to open.

Dancing nytimes.com

Five Dancers Accuse City Ballet’s Peter Martins of Physical Abuse

The accusations, spanning decades, come after a sexual harassment claim against Mr. Martins.

environmentNews reuters.com

World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

environmentNews reuters.com

Norway's PM says happy with sovereign fund's coal exclusion rules

PARIS (Reuters) - Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Tuesday said she had no immediate plans to toughen a rule that means a firm generating about a third or more of its income from coal is excluded from the country's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

environmentNews reuters.com

Poland's new PM voices backing for nuclear, green energy in future

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will remain reliant on coal for power generation for now but in future should consider turning to nuclear energy and renewable sources, the new prime minister said on Tuesday in his first policy speech.

Civil Rights and Liberties nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

The story about the opening of the museums is also the story of the civil rights movement.

Movies nytimes.com

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Really Good! Here’s Our Review.

With charm and wit, the latest “Star Wars” movie unites the past and present as it looks toward the future.

Wildfires nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.

environmentNews reuters.com

Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out

PARIS (Reuters) - About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

environmentNews reuters.com

World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

environmentNews reuters.com

California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

environmentNews reuters.com

Poland to back nuclear power, remain reliant on coal: PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that his government will support a plan to build the country's first nuclear power station, while Warsaw will still rely on coal in its power generation.

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Hey, President Trump, you should definitely come to visit London

Dear President Donald Trump, I've heard some rumors in the British media that you're considering a trip over to the United Kingdom.

environmentNews reuters.com

K+S settles environmental dispute with Gerstungen municipality

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German potash miner K+S has settled a dispute with Gerstungen in Thuringia over the municipality's drinking water, allowing K+S to continue producing potash in the region.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

environmentNews reuters.com

Brazil beefs up agribusiness governance after meatpacker scandal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture launched a program on Tuesday to ensure farmers comply with anti-corruption, environmental and child labor laws, after a highly publicized meatpacking scandal raised doubts about the country's food products.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday hoped to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Voter Fraud in Alabama

Also: More on Susan Collins’s mistake.

environmentNews reuters.com

World Bank says will cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019

PARIS (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Stepan CFO Scott Beamer To Resign - SEC Filing

* STEPAN SAYS ON DEC 8, SCOTT BEAMER, CFO, NOTIFIED CO HE INTENDS TO RESIGN - SEC FILING

environmentNews reuters.com

Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is urging wealthy countries and global companies to commit more funds to combating global warming and help poorer nations deal with the impact of climate change.

environmentNews reuters.com

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeast Iran

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 15 people and causing the walls of some houses to collapse, state media reported.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’

The American ambassador in London said he hoped a planned trip by President Trump would go ahead despite vocal opposition.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

On Campus: It’s Pretty Crazy to Be a Young Woman in Roy Moore’s Alabama

I’m shocked to see friends and relatives support a credibly accused sexual predator, all because he’s a Republican.

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Chinese and Studying in America

The determination and perseverance that have made Chinese students winners at home can deepen their sense of frustration abroad.

environmentNews reuters.com

South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - A major Chinese chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.

Ghani, Ashraf nytimes.com

News Analysis: Afghan President’s Critics Losing Patience Over Delayed Vote

Opponents of the increasingly isolated Ashraf Ghani are holding rallies, issuing ultimatums and calling for a tribal referendum on his performance in office.

environmentNews reuters.com

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northeast of Kerman, a provincial capital in Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds remain relentless

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters hope gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather conditions are expected to persist.

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California wildfires: 'It's still not great, but it's a better bad'

Thousands of firefighters are making headway against the vast Thomas Fire burning in Southern California, expressing hope that conditions are becoming more favorable.

environmentNews reuters.com

Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

environmentNews reuters.com

Big investors press major companies to step up climate action

OSLO (Reuters) - More than 200 institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management said on Tuesday they would step up pressure on the world's biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate change.

Economic Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Jacob Zuma and the Theft of South Africa

The A.N.C. needs to move away from the president’s corrupt politics and look for solutions not based on crude nationalism and racial essentialism.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Supremacy Caucus

Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism

environmentNews reuters.com

Japan says its CO2 emissions inched to 6-year low in last financial year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.2 percent to a six-year low in the financial year that ended last March, government figures showed on Tuesday, amid growing use of renewable energy and the gradual return of nuclear power.

Subways nytimes.com

About New York: In a Bombing’s Aftermath, Doubling Down on the Everyday

After a man in a homemade suicide vest blew himself up near Times Square, New Yorkers kept their fears at bay and the subway turnstiles spinning.

Wildfires nytimes.com

In California, Mixed Results for Regulations Meant to Help Stop Fires

While the rules can certainly help in slow-moving fires, they have proved no match to the high-wind fires that made this season so destructive.

Social Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: What’s Wrong With Radicalism

Today’s radicalism is unusual. For starters, we have radical anger without radical policies.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

The Shift: The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

Hard-right activists, censored and banned by Twitter and Facebook, tried to create their own digital services. But they appear to have hit obstacles.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Mnuchin’s Magical Math on Taxes

Pressed to prove that a tax cut for the rich can pay for itself, the Treasury relies on growth “models” with no basis in reality.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Europe’s Thirst for Cheap Labor Fuels a Boom in Disposable Workers

Employment agencies across the region recruit thousands of migrants for Foxconn and other businesses, with conditions and pay that few in-country nationals would accept.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Steve Mnuchin Pulls a Paul Ryan

A Treasury report on tax cuts that’s a sick joke, but very much in the modern G.O.P. tradition.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

environmentNews reuters.com

Canada province pushes on with mega dam project despite opposition

(Reuters) - British Columbia said on Monday it would push ahead with a C$10.7 billion ($8.32 billion) hydroelectric dam project approved by the western Canadian province's previous government, provoking an angry response from a political partner and threats of court cases from indigenous groups.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation

The magazine said it “severed ties” with Mr. Lizza, its Washington correspondent, over “improper sexual conduct.” He denied that charge.

environmentNews reuters.com

U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis.

Diamonds nytimes.com

Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.

environmentNews reuters.com

California wildfire rages, threatens communities

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

Obesity nytimes.com

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.

Mueller, Robert S III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Team Trump Needs to Lay Off the Mueller Probe

If it goes to the question of impeachment, Congress will need help.

The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Macy’s Announces Pricing Of Debt Tender Offer

* MACY'S INC - ‍PRICING TERMS OF TENDER OFFER OF CO'S UNIT TO PURCHASE UP TO $400 MILLION IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF OUTSTANDING DEBT SECURITIES

environmentNews reuters.com

Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic bird flu outbreak: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in the Flevoland province that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.

environmentNews reuters.com

EDF announces big push into solar, sees cost at 25 billion euros

PARIS (Reuters) - French state-owned utility EDF announced on Monday plans for a big push into solar energy in France that is likely to cost around 25 billion euros as the government tries to meet its climate goals.

Terrorism nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Our friend Alberto Nisman was killed for trying to expose the truth behind a Buenos Aires bombing. His work is finally being vindicated.

environmentNews reuters.com

France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

environmentNews reuters.com

Strained firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred 230,500 acres braced on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

E-Commerce nytimes.com

Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slams Beijing’s Best and Brightest

Tens of thousands of hopeful college graduates moved to the city seeking better jobs and better lives. Now the authorities are telling them to leave.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

Artificial intelligence may make half of today’s jobs obsolete in 20 years. What careers will be left when our children grow up?

Bullies nytimes.com

A Nation Answers a Sobbing Boy’s Plea: ‘Why Do They Bully?’

After his mother shared a video of him, Keaton Jones received a flood of support from football players, actors and thousands of other well-wishers.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast

The Russian president visited Syria and Egypt and was due in Turkey all in a day, a trip underscoring new alliances and his role as a statesman.

environmentNews reuters.com

Snow disrupts schools, travel in UK, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands on Monday, with freezing weather and further snow predicted for later in the day.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Weekend of Fires

Monday: Fires approach Santa Barbara, delivery robots and the enduring legacy of Willie Brown.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

Telecom operators have been pushing boundaries in Europe, where loopholes have left net neutrality regulations weaker than intended.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Friendable Updates Shareholders On Fan Pass Spin-Off And 2018’S Strategic Path Forward

* FRIENDABLE UPDATES SHAREHOLDERS ON FAN PASS SPIN-OFF AND 2018’S STRATEGIC PATH FORWARD

environmentNews reuters.com

Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Roy Moore Edge

Surfing political sex scandals.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?

Giving more voice to supporters isn’t always a good thing for winning elections.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided

Blame the state’s voter suppression campaign.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: America’s Shampoo Economy

Economic bubbles grow — and eventually pop — when politicians forget why financial regulations exist.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-GE Power, Egypt’s EETC To Extend Gabal El Zayt Substation

* GE POWER, EGYPT’S EETC TO CONNECT 120 MW OF WIND POWER TO NATIONAL GRID THROUGH EXTENSION OF THE GABAL EL ZAYT SUBSTATION

Russia nytimes.com

Putin’s Re-election Is Assured. Let the Succession Fight Begin.

The March 2018 presidential election in Russia is a sideshow to the real battle: determining what comes after President Putin’s next term ends in 2024.

Uniforms nytimes.com

What’s the Fastest Color? Olympic Speedskaters Now Say Blue

Even Norway, famously red, is wearing blue at major competitions. Was the change based on science? Gamesmanship? Something else?

Iceland nytimes.com

Community and History in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Iceland has more than 100 public pools, most of which are heated by the country’s abundant geothermal energy.

cnn.com

Nikki Haley: Trump's accusers should be heard

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard."

cnn.com

California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined

Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday.

environmentNews reuters.com

Japan sees 60 pct chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting until May

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Monday that a La Nina weather pattern has emerged, with a 60 percent chance of it lasting though to the end of spring in May.

environmentNews reuters.com

India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Stop the Manipulation of Democracy Online

There’s no panacea for the harm that propaganda, trolls and false news sites do to democracy, but education and public vigilance are essential.

environmentNews reuters.com

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

cnn.com

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.

environmentNews reuters.com

China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran

The United States seems committed to belligerence in the Middle East. Europe can help de-escalate.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

In San Diego, Lessons on Rebuilding From a Neighborhood Once Ravaged by Fire

Residents of Scripps Ranch never thought their suburban neighborhood could be destroyed by a wildfire, until it was.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Susan Collins and the Duping of Centrists

And your health care may suffer for it.

Taj Mahal nytimes.com

Editorial: Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal

Powerful Hindu extremists are so obsessed with demonizing Muslims that they are deprecating the nation’s unifying cultural treasure.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

Editorial: Opening Up New York’s Public Records

Governor Cuomo has a chance to champion government transparency by signing a bill to pick up legal fees when a request is wrongly denied.

vis-photo nytimes.com

Mosul Journal: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

The battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul left much of the city in ruins. Now, residents are pulling together to rebuild.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone

Charities and churches shouldn’t be involved in political campaigns.

environmentNews reuters.com

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

Venezuela nytimes.com

As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It’s a ‘Waste of Time’

Voter turnout in Venezuela’s municipal elections was low as many considered the results a foregone conclusion: domination by President Nicolás Maduro and his party.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: At Ailey, a Dance Set to Coltrane Finds a Somber Radiance

Jamar Roberts’s new “Members Don’t Get Weary” was emotional and virtuosic. And Twyla Tharp’s 1983 “Golden Section,” set to David Byrne, returned.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: ‘Nureyev’ Opens at Bolshoi After Delay and Much Speculation

The ballet had its premiere on Saturday in front of a starry crowd that didn’t include its director, who’s under house arrest.

environmentNews reuters.com

New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

Haley, Nikki R nytimes.com

Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

The comments by Ms. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, were a break from the administration’s assertions that the allegations have no merit and should be dismissed.

Gothenburg (Sweden) nytimes.com

Three Arrested After Firebomb Attack on Swedish Synagogue

No one was injured after a masked gang tossed Molotov cocktails at the building in Gothenburg, but three men were held on suspicion of arson.

environmentNews reuters.com

New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

David Weigel nytimes.com

Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired Over Misleading Tweet

The president said the reporter, Dave Weigel, should be fired for a photo he posted on Twitter of a sparsely filled arena before a rally for the president in Florida.

environmentNews reuters.com

Trains canceled, flights grounded after snow hits Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Some trains were canceled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas.

environmentNews reuters.com

Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin will arrive on Sunday, when futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by a storm begin trading.

politicsNews reuters.com

Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday she believes any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if it is President Donald Trump they are accusing.

environmentNews reuters.com

France to push for European financial transactions tax

PARIS (Reuters) - France will push for an European financial transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers said in a joint statement.

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Jerusalem, Wildfires, Roy Moore: Your Weekend Briefing

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

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots nytimes.com

Protests in Lebanon Near U.S. Embassy After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Lebanese Army forces fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters outside the embassy near Beirut.

environmentNews reuters.com

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

cnn.com

California fires: Governor offers grim outlook

Gov. Jerry Brown has a sobering message for Southern Californians after a week of raging wildfires: This is your new normal.

environmentNews reuters.com

China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.

businessNews reuters.com

After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive on Sunday when bitcoin futures start trading.

environmentNews reuters.com

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore’s Alabama

Winston County once opposed secession but now enthusiastically supports Donald Trump. What does that tell us about Roy Moore’s chances?

worldNews reuters.com

U.N. says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels appear to have a "common origin," but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.

cnn.com

Trump escalates his rhetoric following the plea deal reached by fired national security adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump's escalating assault on the "rigged" and "sick" institutions of the government that he leads may portend an ominous end game to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Looting of America’s Public Lands

Mr. Trump thinks the environment has gotten too good a deal, so he eliminated two million acres from national monuments in Utah.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Preserving my identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped my life.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?

Vilifying whiteness and maleness isn’t just illiberal. It’s bad politics.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Baker and the Empire

In search of a less existential politics.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Roadkill on Capitol Hill

It has taken decades and many sexual harassment scandals, but this time it may be a real change.

cnn.com

It's not just spraying water: How the pros fight wildfires

As wildfires ravaged California this year, thousands of firefighters have taken on the massive task of containing and extinguishing flames over hundreds of thousands of acres.

politicsNews reuters.com

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errors

KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors.

environmentNews reuters.com

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.

Hotels and Travel Lodgings nytimes.com

Can Marriott Keep Starwood’s Culture of Cool, and Its Customers?

For the Marriott-Starwood combination to succeed, top-tier loyalty program members like our writer must not flee. Here’s what would keep him in the fold.

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Readers and The Times Respond to Harvey Weinstein’s Page One Portrait

The bold portrait of Mr. Weinstein that ran on the front page this week led to some strong reader reactions. We explain the selection process.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

Marijuana nytimes.com

Hey, ‘Budtender’: Los Angeles’s Power Brokers of Pot Crank Up the Kook

Sensuality circles! High teas! Expensive vape pens! Who says there’s no intellectual life in this fine city?

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

Elderly nytimes.com

Sanya Journal: Welcome to China’s Florida: Sun, Sand and Retired Snowbirds

Rising incomes allow China’s growing numbers of aging people to become snowbirds in the south — enjoying life post-retirement in a way previous generations never imagined.

Toys nytimes.com

How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy

The motorized plastic monkey that grasps your finger is the must-have gift of the holiday season, thanks to marketing, pricing and, well, scarcity.

worldNews reuters.com

Czech PM designate: EU should not push us over migrants - paper

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country.

cnn.com

First wildfire-related death confirmed in California

A woman, whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route, was the first-related death confirmed in a series of wildfires that ravaged Southern California this week.

environmentNews reuters.com

China's Xinjiang halts mining in nature reserve to curb pollution: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns.

Wildfires nytimes.com

In Scorched California, a Year of ‘Epic Firefighting’ Is Testing Limits

Major fires raging across the state this year from wine country to just shy of the Mexican border have stretched California firefighters.

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

Profile: Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

environmentNews reuters.com

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

California nytimes.com

Dozens of Horses Killed as Fires Tear Through California

The horses died in two fires this week — and at least three people were injured — even as trainers and rescuers tried to save as many as they could.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics

The idea that a candidate’s character doesn’t matter is pervasive and pernicious.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

The Trump administration’s threats of war will not make Kim Jong-un back down.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What Facebook Taught Me About Net Neutrality

In the early days of creating the social network, we were at the mercy of internet providers. They could easily have killed the company.

Gifts nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Give Kids Holiday Gifts That Can Spy on Them

Connected devices come with risks. Prioritize children’s privacy.

Temple Mount (Jerusalem) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Jerusalem Denial Complex

Dispense with pieties about the city of the pious.

politicsNews reuters.com

Special Counsel Mueller filing shows Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order

WASHINGTON (Reuters on Friday ) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.

Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas nytimes.com

Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

In Indonesia’s traffic-ridden capital, one start-up makes it easy to get around — or not to have to in the first place.

companyNews reuters.com

California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Great Al Franken Moment

His downfall was really a positive sign of the times.

California nytimes.com

‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires.

In Ventura County, Jack Selby watched his childhood home burn to the ground, and Nancy Cole lost all her possessions, including family heirlooms from Holocaust survivors.

environmentNews reuters.com

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

nytimes.com

Wildfires, Puerto Rico, Star Wars: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

politicsNews reuters.com

Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was "irrefutable evidence" that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image.

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Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.

Syria nytimes.com

In Syria’s Skies, Close Calls With Russian Warplanes

American air commanders complain that the Russians are flouting their agreements aimed at avoiding midair collisions.

Music nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

Understanding France’s ardor for Johnny Hallyday does not come easily to Americans.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Destination Xl Group Entered Into Letter Agreement With Prescott Group Capital Management

* DESTINATION XL GROUP - ON DEC 6, CO ENTERED INTO LETTER AGREEMENT WITH PRESCOTT GROUP CAPITAL MANAGEMENT L.L.C. & AFFILIATES & THEIR ASSOCIATES

Air Pollution nytimes.com

Environmentalists Ask: Is India’s Government Making Bad Air Worse?

As northern India is swallowed by an epic smog cloud, critics say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s business-friendly policies are exacerbating the problem.

cnn.com

'Crown' star Matt Smith on who should play Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is not only joining Britain's real royal family, she could also have a part in the fictitious one.

environmentNews reuters.com

High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

Prayers and Prayer Books nytimes.com

Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

“Lead us not into temptation” is not quite right, Francis said. “Do not let us fall into temptation” might be more precise.

environmentNews reuters.com

Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

Men and Boys nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Not All Men Are Monstrous

Stephen Marche addresses comments from readers about the male libido.

domesticNews reuters.com

Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

environmentNews reuters.com

High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Roy Moore Survives

A noticeable backlash has hyper-energized the Republican senate candidate’s volunteers and Alabamians who hate Washington and its ways.

environmentNews reuters.com

NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning

(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

environmentNews reuters.com

Berlin zoo on survival watch for newborn polar bear

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's Tierpark zoo is anxiously waiting to see if a polar bear cub survives its first few days, when the likelihood of it dying is especially high, the zoo's director said.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

environmentNews reuters.com

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

Los Angeles (Calif) nytimes.com

Where There’s Smoke, There Are the Traffic Reporters of Los Angeles

As fires rage in Southern California, airborne reporters have become guiding lights in the chaos.

cnn.com

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.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

sportsNews reuters.com

Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.

Football (College) nytimes.com

On College Football: Leading Army’s Running Game, Two Years After He Nearly Walked Away

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has come a long way: 1,472 yards this season, and much further off the field.

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

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trumpocalypse: The End Game

Our once bright and shiny democracy may be going down the drain before the holidays are out.

Jerusalem (Israel) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: There Was No Peace Process for Trump to Destroy

The president’s Jerusalem statement was reckless but better than peace-talk blather.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Medicine Discard Race?

Science has revealed how arbitrary those categories are. Perhaps doctors will abandon them, too.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?

Realignments are made, not born — and unlikely with candidates like Roy Moore.

cnn.com

California wildfires have scorched more than 140,000 acres and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate

Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes prompting additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

United States Economy nytimes.com

What to Watch For in Friday’s Jobs Report

Economists expect the report to show that the economy added about 200,000 jobs in November, a modest slowdown from October’s 261,000.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

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.

environmentNews reuters.com

Ash billows from Bali volcano in fresh volley of activity

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.

worldNews reuters.com

Vatican should bring money-laundering cases to trial, watchdog agency says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican needs to bring cases of suspected money laundering to trial, a European finance watchdog urged on Friday, saying the good progress made by its financial regulators needed to be matched by judicial muscle.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

Thousands of women and girls have endured Boko Haram’s sexual violence. But Nigerian security forces have also preyed on the people they are assigned to protect.

Taxation nytimes.com

On Tax Bill, It’s Trump vs. His Hometown

The Republican tax bill being shepherded by Mr. Trump would hurt New York, his home state. “You guys seem to be doing O.K.,” he told donors last week.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

cnn.com

Out-of-control wildfires devastate California

Four major wildfires are torching the Los Angeles area

cnn.com

GOP Rep Love: Farenthold should resign

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) said that her colleague Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

Conservatism (US Politics) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The G.O.P. Is Rotting

The party is selling its soul, doing harm to every cause it purports to serve.

cnn.com

GOP colleague says Farenthold should resign

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah said on Thursday that her colleague GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

cnn.com

California wildfire racing toward tourist area

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it roughly the size of Denver and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires. CNN's Sara Sidner has the updates.

worldNews reuters.com

China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

California’s Fires, by the Numbers

Just one of the fires raging in Southern California has already burned an area larger than Detroit, fueled by winds nearing hurricane strength. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the state’s worst fire season ever.

environmentNews reuters.com

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said, but there was no tsunami threat.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Please Save Kids’ Health Care

A bipartisan group of state governors warns of the consequences of failing to reauthorize CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.