RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: USA CRICKET NEWS CONFERENCE AS WELL AS AERIAL SHOTS OF FUTURE HOME OF NATIONAL CRICKET FACILITY SHOWS: LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 18, 2020 (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEW CONFERENCE MODERATOR, ANDREW LEONARD, SAYING: "I'm sure you've already seen the exciting news today. It's a huge day for cricket in America. Major League Cricket is indeed coming to Grand Prairie, Texas. Major League Cricket (MLC) has received approval from the City of Grand Prairie on a long-term lease agreement to begin an extensive redevelopment of AirHogs Stadium as the organization's first major cricket stadium in the United States. That's from the City of Grand Prairie and redevelop the current 5,400-seat facility into a world-class dedicated facility that will open in 2022." GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (MAJOR LEAGUE CRICKET-ACCESS ALL) 2. AERIAL SHOT OF AIRHOGS STADIUM, THE FUTURE LOCATION OF THE NEW CRICKET FACILITY GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 18, 2020)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GRAND PRAIRIE MAYOR, RON JENSEN, SAYING: "It's going to be fun. I tell you. Similar to baseball. A lot of the same things go on in it. Pitchers have similar curve balls and all that and it's just going to be a lot of fun." GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (MAJOR LEAGUE CRICKET-ACCESS ALL) 4. PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF NEW NATIONAL CRICKET FACILITY LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 18, 2020 (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IAN HIGGINS, CEO, USA CRICKET "We're looking to host international matches, international events, and a huge Twenty20 Tournament that has huge scale and global reach and appeal and were looking to host that at this particular venue which will lift the standards of cricket in this country and it will increase the amount of opportunities that fans of this sport wish to engage with it in this country." 6. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PARAAG MARATHE, CHAIRMAN, USA CRICKET SAYING "This is the second largest sport in the world that we are bringing to the largest media market in the world and that sentence alone, it doesn't matter if it's cricket or it's widget ball or whatever it is that just smells of opportunity, right? And that's why I'm really excited about today and about where we're going." STORY: An empty minor league baseball stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas will become a major center for developing cricket in the United States, USA Cricket said Wednesday (November 18). "Major League Cricket (MLC) has received approval from the City of Grand Prairie on a long-term lease agreement to begin an extensive redevelopment of AirHogs Stadium as the organization's first major cricket stadium in the United States," USA Cricket announced in a virtual news conference. Major League Cricket is also organizing a T20 tournament set for 2022 and has announced a goal of bringing the T20 World Cup to the United States as part of a joint bid with Cricket West Indies. The redeveloped stadium is slated to be ready for cricket in Spring 2022, but will also serve as a key high performance center for the USA Cricket Men's and Women's National Teams and other key youth cricket squads during the interim. The stadium currently holds over 5,000 seats and is to be expanded to 8,000 in the redevelopment plan. Major League Cricket is set to launch in 2021 and feature six teams from around the U.S. with world-class players competing alongside the best domestic players in the country. Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, who told reporters he had only seen cricket being played in a park on a trip to London, welcomed the new venture as well. "It's going to be fun. I tell you. Similar to baseball. A lot of the same things go on in it. Pitchers have similar curve balls and all that and it's just going to be a lot of fun." (Production: Peter Bullock)
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Federal judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents alike have struck down the Trump campaign’s allegations of widespread voter fraud in every case on which they have ruled, according to a Yahoo News review of post-election federal complaints.
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A key U.S. lawmaker endorsed the idea of an international agreement to govern the principles and standards for tech giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.
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Iran is ready to engage in further prisoner swaps after last week exchanging a jailed British-Australian academic with three Iranians detained abroad, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. "We can always engage in that, it is in the interests of everybody," Zarif told an Italian diplomatic conference speaking via video-link. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, had been serving a 10-year sentence for alleged espionage when she was freed on Nov. 25.
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Since he changed his legal address from Trump Tower in New York City to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., some have assumed that’s where he'll go after leaving Washington. There’s just one problem.
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Florida attorney reportedly under investigation after telling Republicans to change 'your address for the next 2 months' for Georgia runoffs
A Florida attorney is reportedly under investigation after trying to register to vote in Georgia ahead of the January runoff election and encouraging other Republicans to change "your address for the next two months" so they can vote in the state as well, WSB-TV reports.Attorney Bill Price in a Facebook video that has since been deleted was reportedly seen speaking to members of the Bay County GOP in Florida last month, saying "we have to do whatever it takes" to "hold the Senate" and that he's "moving to Georgia" for the January runoff."And if that means changing your address for the next two months, so be it," Price says. "I'm doing that. I'm moving to Georgia and I'm gonna fight and I want you all to fight with me."Price reportedly says in the video he's "moving to my brother's house in Hiram, Georgia and I'm registering to vote." Then, he reportedly tells the Florida Republicans his brother's name and his address, and when a woman asks if they "can truly register at that address," he reportedly responds, "Sure."Georgia's office of Secretary of State told Fox News that "registering without the intention of permanent residency is a felony," as "only permanent residents are eligible to vote in Georgia." According to Fox, Price says in the video he will "move back to Florida on Jan. 6." Price told WSB-TV these were just "humorous comments" and that he "did not change my voter registration." But according to the report, he did register to vote using his brother's Georgia address the day after he made the remarks, and he's now under investigation. Price admitted to Fox News that he filled out the voter registration but claimed, "I wanted to see how easy it was to do it. I'm not actually moving to Georgia. I was joking." Read more at WSB-TV. > "If that means changing your address for the next two months,so be it.I'm doing that. I'm moving to Georgia."Our 6 investigation reveals deleted video-a FL attorney telling GOP members how to move to GA,vote in runoffs. It's illegal.There's more,& an investigation @wsbtv gapol pic.twitter.com/or2PgWQrT1> > -- Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) December 2, 2020More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims Biden says he's concerned about reports Trump is considering preemptive pardons Trump administration pushes ahead with sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska wildlife refuge
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President-elect Joe Biden laid out his vision for his soon-to-be vice president’s role, saying Kamala Harris will be asked to take on “the urgent need of the moment” rather than pursue her own policy agenda. “I headed the  recovery act not because that’s what I said I wanted to do,” Mr Biden said Thursday night of his tenure as vice president – but because then-President Barack Obama instructed him to be the lead negotiator with Congress. “I have confidence in turning to her” to handle the “urgent need of the moment.”
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Azerbaijan said on Thursday (December 3) that at least 2,783 of its soldiers were killed during its recent conflict with ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan, who until now had not disclosed any of its military losses in the conflict, also revealed that more than 100 of its troops were still missing. The conflict broke out at the end of September and came to a halt on November 10th when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire. Huge amounts of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan. Baku forces also captured areas it had previously lost in an earlier war during the 1990s. Armenia is yet to disclose a final death toll for its military, but a health ministry official confirmed in the middle of last month that at least 2,317 soldiers had been killed.
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Connecticut police arrested two men and seized an estimated $15 million in marijuana after discovering a storage facility was being used illegally as a hub for pot distribution in the Northeast, authorities said Thursday. West Haven police said local officers and agents with the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration found 1,700 pounds (770 kilograms) of marijuana on Wednesday when they stopped a U-Haul truck while investigating what they called an international marijuana trafficking operation. “The investigation revealed that individuals were utilizing a storage facility in West Haven as a hub to distribute large quantities of marijuana throughout the tri-state area,” West Haven police said in a statement, referring to the area that includes Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
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Did Iran’s yearslong state of alert against Israeli and American infiltration lead to a complacency that made a physicist vulnerable to assassination?
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President Trump reportedly needs no encouragement to start praising the dangerous, baseless QAnon conspiracy theory.The most pressing matter for federal Republicans right now is the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, which will determine control of the body. But in a meeting with advisers and top Senate Republicans about that matter, Trump totally derailed the conversation by bringing up QAnon, people familiar with the discussion tell The Washington Post.Trump is reportedly not thrilled with Georgia and that fact that it flipped for President-elect Joe Biden, and is publicly upset with Republican leaders in the state who haven't somehow overturned the election for him. So even though Republican advisers say Trump's help is "key to convincing his die-hard supporters to vote for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue" in the January runoff election, the president isn't thrilled about doing so, the Post reports. "Advisers say he has been frustrated at how some GOP senators have criticized him," leading Trump to appear "disinterested" when discussing Senate campaign plans, the Post continues.That was clear in a recent meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), and other aides. As they discussed Georgia's Senate races, Trump brought up the QAnon-supporting soon-to-be congressmember Marjorie Taylor Greene. Trump mispronounced the name of the group as "Q-an-uhn," and then said supporters of the theory that purports Democrats are a cannibalistic, pedophilic cabal "basically believe in good government," people familiar tell the Post. Everyone reportedly went silent until White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows mentioned he had "never heard it described that way," the Post reports.Trump has been asked to denounce QAnon several times, but usually gives the theory his tacit approval instead.More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims Biden says he's concerned about reports Trump is considering preemptive pardons Trump administration pushes ahead with sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska wildlife refuge
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and local business owners announced plans Thursday to create a private fund for new programs designed to change public safety. There have been numerous calls to transform the Minneapolis Police Department since the May 25 death of George Floyd. Frey said the fund, called the Minneapolis Community Safety Innovation Fund, is a way for the city to make changes without cutting the police force, the Star Tribune reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged political forces in Belarus on Wednesday to try to resolve their differences through dialogue, and also said the ex-Soviet republic, a close Moscow ally, was facing unprecedented meddling by external forces. Belarus has been rocked by mass protests since an Aug. 9 presidential election which veteran incumbent Alexander Lukashenko said he won - an assertion contested by his opponents, who say the vote was rigged and want him to quit. Russia's backing is seen as vital for Lukashenko's chances of staying in power and its statements are closely scrutinised for changes in tone or any sign that Moscow could be pushing for some kind of managed power transition.
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Several Republican lawmakers are showing enthusiasm for a potential 2024 run from President Trump, Politico reports.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went so far as to say he would support Trump's candidacy if he chooses to run, while Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he "should run and would have the support" of the Republican Party.Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), both of whom have had their names floated as potential presidential candidates, also indicated to Politico that they'd back Trump's effort to return to the White House, as did Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who said the U.S. "would benefit tremendously" from another Trump term. Blackburn, though, is still holding out hope Trump will win his doomed battle to overturn the 2020 results.Not everyone was overtly enthusiastic, however, including some of Trump's notable allies like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who declined to comment. Cotton is another senator many speculate could launch his own bid, so he may be keeping things close to the vest. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), meanwhile, said he doesn't talk about hypotheticals, a point echoed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have been the hardest to read. He repeated his opinion that Trump would be the clear favorite if he ran, but didn't hint one way or another how he'd feel about it. "I know it's an interesting story, but I have no idea," he told Politico.More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims Biden says he's concerned about reports Trump is considering preemptive pardons Trump administration pushes ahead with sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska wildlife refuge
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When first lady Melania Trump revealed the Christmas decorations for her last holiday season in the White House, one aspect that stood out was a room dedicated to the Kennedys. The Vermeil Room on the ground floor of the executive mansion features a collection of 1,600 display pieces of silver-gilt tableware, and this year holiday decorations were themed on president John F Kennedy and first lady Jackie.