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West Virginia Judge Asks State Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Church Abuse Case
A West Virginia judge is looking to the state Supreme Court for guidance after dismissing a case that alleges a Catholic diocese and its former bishop knowingly employed pedophiles. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane on Nov. 6 tossed …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 11:49 PM
Civilian Pane Crash Deaths Rose 15% in 2018
Federal safety officials say that 393 people died in U.S. civilian plane crashes last year, a 15% increase over the year before. All but a dozen of the deaths occurred in general aviation, which usually involves small private planes. However, …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 11:37 PM
FEMA Upholds Decision to Deny Individual Assistance After Illinois Flooding
A federal agency upheld its decision to deny financial assistance to Illinois residents and business owners affected by historic flooding despite granting the state public aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision will impact about 1.4 million residents and homeowners …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 5:20 PM
Missouri Police Officer’s $20M Lawsuit Award to Be Mediated
A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 5:18 PM
Walsh Appointed Marine Underwriter Michigan’s J.M. Wilson
Portage, Michigan-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has added Jim Walsh as a marine underwriter. He will be responsible for working with marine carriers and agents for both commercial and personal ocean marine and wet inland …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 5:16 PM
Oklahoma Appeals Court Upholds Class Action Status for Earthquake Lawsuit
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld the class action designation of a lawsuit against an oil company over damage caused by earthquakes near Prague in November 2011, including one of magnitude 5.7. The court on Friday rejected the …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 5:07 PM
Utah Extends Fire Restrictions in 11 Counties Until December Due to Dry Conditions
Seasonal fire restrictions are being extended in 11 Utah counties by a month due to what officials say are dry conditions and continued problems with controlling wildfires. The state Department of Natural Resources says State Forester Brian Cottam has signed …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 4:43 PM
New Mexico Insurance Commissioner Franchini to Retire
New Mexico’s top insurance regulator is stepping down. The Albuquerque Journal reported that state Superintendent John Franchini has withdrawn his application to serve a third four-year term and instead plans to retire. His term ends Dec. 31. A nine-member state …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 4:26 PM
AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to North Carolina’s Synergy Insurance Company
AM Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) and a long-term issuer credit rating of “a-” to Synergy Insurance Company based in Charlotte, N.C. The outlook assigned to these credit ratings is stable. The ratings reflect Synergy’s …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 4:12 PM
California’s Fair Plan Balks at State’s ‘Misguided’ Order to Expand Coverage
The insurers behind California’s Fair Plan, the insurance market of last resort for homeowners, think it’s a bad idea to broaden the coverages available from the Fair Plan beyond basic dwelling fire insurance, an expansion being ordered by the state’s …

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 4:05 PM

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Rep. Justin Amash turned on Trump. Will his Michigan district follow him — or turn on him?

Rep. Justin Amash turned on Trump. Will his Michigan district follow him — or turn on him?If you want to understand how impeachment is being seen by actual Americans, there may be no better place to go than Grand Rapids, Mich. In part that’s because the area around Grand Rapids, comprising Michigan’s Third Congressional District, is one of only about two dozen districts in the nation to vote for Barack Obama and for Donald Trump.

POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2019 6:00 AM

PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters

PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protestersPolice breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University for days.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 2:26 PM

Ukraine ex-president named witness in power abuse probe

Ukraine ex-president named witness in power abuse probeUkraine's former president Petro Poroshenko has been designated a witness in a criminal investigation related to the nomination of judges, the state investigation bureau said on Monday. Poroshenko has been embroiled in a number of investigations since leaving office in May. "His status is that of a witness," a spokeswoman for the state investigation bureau, which handles high-profile cases, told AFP.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 12:35 PM

Spanish court says wanted Venezuelan spy still missing

Spanish court says wanted Venezuelan spy still missingA Spanish National Court official confirmed Monday that a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs remains missing since an order for his arrest pending extradition was issued this month. The official said the order for Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal’s arrest in Madrid was issued Nov. 8, after the court reversed an earlier ruling that rejected the U.S. extradition request for allegedly being politically motivated. Carvajal was for over a decade the eyes and ears in the military of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 10:15 AM

China's H-20 and JH-XX Stealth Bombers: Beijing's Very Own Deadly B-2 Bombers?

China's H-20 and JH-XX Stealth Bombers: Beijing's Very Own Deadly B-2 Bombers?What role will they have? Should America be worried?

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 4:49 AM

Dreaming of traveling to Australia? Qantas offers $100 flights — but you have to book fast

Dreaming of traveling to Australia? Qantas offers $100 flights — but you have to book fastQantas has $100 flights to Australia from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, but seats and dates are limited.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 2:55 PM

Mexico, Uruguay and Caribbean Community reject use of force in Venezuela -statement

Mexico, Uruguay and Caribbean Community reject use of force in Venezuela -statementMexico, Uruguay and representatives of the Caribbean Community on Monday rejected the use of force and human rights violations in Venezuela, urging a peaceful and democratic solution to solve the crisis in the troubled South American nation. The group issued the statement after Venezuela's opposition staged nationwide protests against Nicolas Maduro on Saturday and called for a new wave of demonstrations to revive stalled efforts to topple the deeply unpopular ruling Socialist Party.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 1:26 PM

Elephant dies in captivity after killing villagers

Elephant dies in captivity after killing villagersAn elephant named after Osama bin Laden, the late al-Qaida leader, has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday.

POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2019 1:33 PM

TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese roots

TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese rootsByteDance, the company which owns short-form video app TikTok, has recently come under fire due to the fact that it is headquartered in China.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 7:31 AM

Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left

Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left‘I’m not tearing down the system,’ Bernie Sanders says in response to former president’s messageFormer president Barack Obama: ‘The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.’ Photograph: Michael Sohn/APDemocratic 2020 presidential candidates have rejected criticism from former president Barack Obama, after he warned the field of White House hopefuls not to veer too far to the left because it would alienate voters.Though Obama did not mention anyone by name, the message he delivered before a room of Democratic donors in Washington on Friday was a clear word of caution about the candidacies of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who are seen as two of the top-tier candidates in the crowded field.Sanders and Warren have called for massive structural changes and policies that would dramatically alter the role of government in Americans’ lives. The centrist wing of the party has warned for months that a far-left nominee could alienate moderate Republicans and independent voters needed to oust Donald Trump.“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama said.Addressing Obama’s comments over the weekend, Sanders told a forum in Long Beach: “I’m not tearing down the system.”“When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee healthcare for every man, woman and child, that’s not tearing down the system,” he said, according to the New York Times. “That’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago.”New Jersey senator and 2020 candidate Cory Booker called for Democrats to “stop tearing each other down” and to instead back the wide field of contenders in the race to win the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of the 2020 election.“What we’re doing right now, creating these dynamics within the Democratic party, we’ve got to be careful,” Booker told reporters in Long Beach. “Because whoever is the nominee, we have one shot to make Donald Trump a one-term president. And so I’m not interested in delineating left or right or criticizing other folks.”He added: “Let’s stop tearing each other down, let’s stop drawing artificial lines. I’m tired in this election of hearing some people say, ‘Well if this person gets elected, I can’t support them,’ and then other people say, ‘If this person gets elected, I can’t support them.’ Are you kidding me?”> Last night at CADem19 I was asked about what I think voters are really looking for in this election. > > My answer? I think Americans want solutions forged in courageous empathy and results they can see in their own communities—not partisan bickering or political ultimatums. pic.twitter.com/dpNNXSEf6W> > — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 17, 2019Julián Castro, a 2020 Democratic candidate who served as housing secretary under Obama, said while he takes what the former president says seriously, he also believes any of the 2020 Democratic candidates would be better than Trump. “Their vision for the future of the country is much better and will be more popular than Donald Trump’s.”Obama has largely refrained from publicly opining on the Democratic primary, which has exposed a growing rift between an ascendant progressive wing of the party and old-guard centrists like his former vice president, Joe Biden.But on Friday he said he felt compelled to weigh in because some of the loudest and most strident voices, particularly on social media, aren’t representative of where most in the party are at. Immigration and health care are two issues he cited as cases where Democratic candidates are out of sync with public sentiment.“There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important,” Obama said.“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds,” Obama said.Obama delivered his remarks at a gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a group of wealthy Democrats who raise large sums for the party. He was interviewed by Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the party who narrowly lost the Georgia governors race last year.He also sought also to ease jittery Democrats who have been wringing their hands over the size of the sprawling field, which some worry will lead to a prolonged contest that will leave the eventual nominee with limited time to prepare for the general election.“I just have to remind you that I had a very robust primary,” Obama said. “Not only did I win ultimately a remarkably tough and lengthy primary process with Hillary Clinton, but people forget that even before that we had a big field of really serious, accomplished people.”Associated Press contributed to this report

POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2019 10:53 AM

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