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California Braces for Mudslides From ‘Pineapple Express’ Storm – ABC News

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

A powerful storm churned down the West Coast on Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada. The brunt of the storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area, flooding freeways, toppling trees and keeping thousands of people home from work and school. “It’s a big storm, as we expected, and it’s headed south with very powerful…

With Deadline Looming, Government Funding Bill Passes House – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

With less than three hours before a government shutdown, the House narrowly passed a massive spending bill late Thursday after a drama-filled day of vote counting and lobbying from the White House and Congressional leaders. The measure passed by a 219-206 vote, with support from 57 Democrats. The House also passed a measure that will fund the government for two additional days in order to give the Senate time…

Korean Air executive apologizes after nuts incident sparks national outrage – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) – The former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way she was served macadamia nuts apologized on Friday over the incident, which fueled outrage and ridicule in South Korea. Heather Cho, the daughter of the airline’s chairman and head of in-flight service before she stepped down from the post this week, also said she would apologize to the cabin crew…

In battle over torture report, senator and CIA chief renew their history of bitter spats – Fox News

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

Graphic gives details of CIA detainees and which were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques.”; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; (The Associated Press) WASHINGTON –  Their disputes over who spied on whom and censoring the Senate’s scathing torture report are history. But the personal feud between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and CIA Director John Brennan may only be getting worse. Relations between the outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman and…

House Narrowly Passes Bill to Avoid Shutdown; $1.1 Trillion in Spending – New York Times

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

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Time capsule removed from Massachusetts Statehouse – WBOC TV 16

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

By RODRIQUE NGOWIAssociated Press BOSTON (AP) – Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others. The small time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins, documents, newspapers and a metal plate that was owned by Revere. Secretary…

Falling tree kills man as rain, high winds thrash California and Oregon – CNN

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

Affected by the storm? Send your photos to CNN iReport, but please stay safe. San Francisco (CNN) — The Pacific coast’s strongest storm in years pummeled California and Oregon on Thursday, leaving at least one man dead and knocking out power in urban areas. Phillip Crosby died when a tree fell on the tent where he was sleeping in south Oregon, said the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Crosby’s 18-year-old son,…

Supermodel Beverly Johnson Claims Bill Cosby Drugged Her – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

Supermodel Beverly Johnson has joined the ranks of Bill Cosby’s accusers with allegations that the comedian lured her to his home in the mid-1980s and drugged her “with the intention of doing God knows what.” There was no immediate response from Cosby’s representatives, but he has steadfastly denied sexually assaulting the string of women who have…

Congressional Staffers Walk Out In Protest Of Police Killings – Huffington Post

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Dozens of congressional staffers walked out of their offices Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with demonstrators who are protesting the decisions not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Just after 3:30 p.m., the staffers stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with their hands raised in the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture. In interviews, the staffers…

John Brennan Answers Your Biggest Torture Report Questions – ABC News

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Following Tuesday’s release of the so-called “torture report,” embattled CIA Director John Brennan publicly defended the agency at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia this afternoon. Amid public outrage over the CIA’s “brutal” post-9/11 interrogations – which included repeated waterboarding, sexual threats, round-the-clock sleep deprivation, and even rectal feedings – Brennan acknowledged that certain methods detailed in the report were “abhorrent.” “We are not a perfect institution. We’re made up of…

Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass…

Heavy rain, wind, power outages hit California; blizzards, flooding expected – CNN

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Affected by the storm? Send your photos to CNN iReport, but please stay safe. Los Angeles (CNN) — Be careful what you wish for, California. What seemed a godsend of rain is now pummeling the drought-ravaged state with flood warnings in wine country, a potential winter storm in the Sierras and enough moisture to cause mass urban blackouts. Wind gusts were so furious at an expected 120 mph that the…

Deadline Day: Congress Grapples Over Huge Spending Bill – NBCNews.com

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

With the clock ticking towards a midnight deadline to keep the government open, GOP leaders say they’re still confident that a massive spending bill will narrowly pass in the House Thursday despite defections on both sides of the aisle. “I expect this bill will receive bipartisan support and pass,” House Speaker John Boehner predicted at a…

Tens of thousands without power as storm pounds Northern California with rain … – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO –  A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting outages are widespread across the Bay Area due to weather, but officials weren’t immediately available to give a specific number of outages. ADVERTISEMENT…

California braces for fiercest storm in 5 years – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Shannon Rae Green interview Weather reporter Doyle Rice on the storm headed for the West Coast, and about how the system got its funny name. (News, USA TODAY) Aidan Stephenson,12, and Conor Stephenson,10, visiting from Phoenix, watch the waves break at Pacific Grove, Calif., on Wednesday. Northern California residents are bracing for a powerful storm that could be the biggest in five years and which prompted the National Weather Service…

CIA torture report not likely to result in reforms or prosecutions – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Senate committee report describing the CIA’s torture of detainees and accusing the agency of lying to top White House officials about its secret program may be the most detailed excavation of government officials’ misconduct in years. Still, the prospect that Washington will respond with major reforms, legislation, firings or criminal prosecutions was slim. The day after the release of the report’s executive summary, the White House dodged questions on…

California Braces for Powerful Storm Expected to Dump Inches of Rain, Pack … – TheBlaze.com

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy. — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm expected to pack hurricane force winds and heavy rain triggered emergency preparations across Northern California on Wednesday, with residents gathering sand bags, crews clearing storm drains and San Francisco school officials canceling classes for the first time since 9/11. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall on coastal mountains over a…

Hong Kong police clear main protest site – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters gather for what is likely to be the final mass rally at their main site ahead of an expected clearance by bailiffs and police on Thursday. Video provided by AFP Newslook Pro-democracy protesters sleep next to a sign that reads “We’ll be back” on a blocked road in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Dec. 11, 2014.(Photo: Alex Ogle, AFP/Getty Images) BEIJING…

Exclusive – Crimean leader in New Delhi during Putin visit – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit. Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region. India does not support Western sanctions against Russia, but the meeting may prove an irritant before President Barack Obama…

Can Israel’s coming election advance prospects for peace? – Al Jazeera America

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

The last time Israelis went to the polls, less than two years ago, relations with the Palestinians — and the issues of peace and occupation — were barely featured. This time around, things could be a little different. While polls show voters continuing to prioritize socioeconomic concerns, events have conspired to make the Palestinians a little less invisible than they have recently been in the Israeli political conversation. The drama…