• U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks

    By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. …

  • Brazil sues BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for mine disaster

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil filed a lawsuit on Monday against two of the world's largest mining companies for 20 billion Brazilian reais ($5.2 billion) to clean up what it says was its worst environmental disaster, caused by the collapse of a tailings dam. The governments of…

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  • White House: Russia has intensified strikes on Islamic State in Syria

    The White House said on Monday it has seen "some intensification" of Russian air strikes against Islamic State in Syria during the past several weeks. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters that Russia previously had infrequently targeted Islamic State in its…

  • Why climate change isn't a winning issue in US politics

    Facing the prospect of a historic agreement at international climate change talks that formally began Monday in Paris, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R) of California had a message: We're not paying for it. The statement that the Republican-led House would block funds for a potential…

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  • False promises in fantasy sports gambling

    People who play fantasy sports, by selecting a make-believe team of real players from different teams, know they are dealing in fantasy. “Just pick your sport, pick your players, and pick up your cash!” stated one DraftKings ad. In a lawsuit seeking to close down the sites’ operations in the…

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  • Chris Christie's N.H. coup: How endorsements shape voter's choices

    The news came down Saturday night like a lightning bolt from Mount Olympus: New Hampshire’s premier newspaper, the Union Leader, had endorsed Chris Christie for president. For the New Jersey governor, who has made the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary his do-or-die event, it was a…

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  • Laquan McDonald shooting: Chicago cop held on $1.5 million bail

    A judge Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager last year by shooting the young man 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been in custody since November 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the death of…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • The Latest: Investigator: Noise heard in cockpit recording

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

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  • Conservationists flag legal action over Japan whale hunt

    Japan was facing mounting condemnation Tuesday over its decision to resume killing whales in Antarctica, with conservationists saying it was open to another legal challenge. Australia and New Zealand have led criticism of the resumption of "scientific" whaling, with both expressing disappointment.…

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  • China manufacturing index falls to more than 3 year low

    A key measure of China's manufacturing activity dropped to its weakest level in more than three years in November, data showed Tuesday, underlining weaknesses in the world's second largest economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which tracks activity in the crucial factories and…

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  • Venezuela's harried opposition eyes landmark win

    Its leaders have been thrown in jail, banned from politics and remain deeply divided, but Venezuela's opposition nonetheless looks set to bruise President Nicolas Maduro by winning control of the National Assembly. Sixteen years into late president Hugo Chavez's leftist "revolution," opinion polls…

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  • How Shopping Can Save You Money

    United States drivers are stunned that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

  • Top Asian News 4:09 a.m. GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference that began Monday in Paris. All times local: 9:15 p.m. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will not go along if President Barack Obama tries to commit taxpayer money to support a climate accord reached in Paris. He…

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  • Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels

    BEIJING (AP) — Schools in Beijing were ordered to keep students indoors Tuesday after record-breaking air pollution in the Chinese capital soared to up to 35 times the safety levels.

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  • Japan whaling fleet departs for hunt despite international outrage

    By Teppei Kasai SHIMONOSEKI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan's whaling fleet set out for the Antarctic on Tuesday to resume a decades-old whale hunt, defying global outrage, after a year's hiatus due to an international court ruling. Japan aims to take more than 300 whales in its "scientific whaling"…

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  • Australia to schedule more day-night Tests: CA

    Cricket Australia said Tuesday they will schedule more day-night Test matches following the overwhelming success of the recent trial against New Zealand staged under lights in Adelaide. A total attendance of 123,736 fans over three days at Adelaide Oval along with 3.19 million prime-time viewers…

  • China factory index at 3-year low, services improve

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved, according to an official survey released Tuesday.

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