Nov. 13, 2017

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A North Korean soldier defected across a sensitive area of the border dividing the Korean Peninsula despite being shot by his fellow troops, South Korea's military said Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider the constitutionality of a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-counseling clinics to tell patients they might be eligible for free or discounted abortions.

General Electric Co.'s new boss is dramatically reshaping the company and slashing the dividend as he looks to pull the manufacturing icon out of one of the deepest slumps in its 125-year history.

Bitcoin is proving that investing in digital currencies isn't for the faint of heart. After plunging as much as 29 percent from a record high following the cancellation of a technology upgrade on Nov. 8, the largest cryptocurrency came roaring back in early trading Monday before fluctuating between gains and losses.

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

Emirates, which operates the world's biggest fleet of long-haul aircraft, threw its weight behind the future of first-class travel, pouring millions into an upgrade of the ultra-luxury category on its Boeing 777 aircraft even as other carriers dispense of the biggest berths.

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An Alabama jury has decided that the Army veteran who broke his hip while picking out a watermelon at a Walmart store should receive $7.5 million.

Hundreds of demonstrators brought an online movement to life Sunday, marching across Hollywood to denounce sexual assault and harassment. Two demonstrations, the Take Back The Workplace March and the Me Too Survivors' March, joined forces as protestors marched in a loop from the intersection of Hollywood and Highland to the CNN building about a mile away. The Los Angeles Times estimated "several hundred" people attended, and a march organizer estimated as many as 300 people showed up.

Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area.

France and Germany edged toward achieving a 70-year-old ambition to integrate European defenses on Monday, signing a pact with 21 other EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces after Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

At least eight militants were shot dead and two Pakistani soldiers died in a skirmish along the restive border with Afghanistan Monday, the military said, as Islamabad tries to tightens its grip on the frontier.

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday.

After enjoying years of the Air Force dominating the skies in the fight against the Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the Army is beefing up its short-range missile-defense capabilities to counter the rockets, missiles, and weaponized drones that are increasingly becoming staples of foreign arsenals.

The U.S. Navy's Ultimate Weapon: Hypersonic Missiles Fired from a submarine. The U.S. Navy has conducted its first test of a new hypersonic missile.

Twenty eight bodies with bullet wounds and torture marks were discovered on Saturday in an area west of Libya's capital that has recently seen clashes between rival armed factions, a local human rights group said.

On Sunday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the time and date of the much-hyped reveal of Tesla's newest vehicle, and all-electric semi-truck. "Tesla Semi Truck unveil to be webcast live on Thursday at 8 p.m.! This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension. Just need to find my portal gun," Musk tweeted.

BBC

At least 16 people have drowned after their boat capsized in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Police say 38 people were on board the vessel, many of them on their way to a religious festival.

Videos showing toddlers being mistreated at a Shanghai day-care center have sparked an outcry in China after being circulated widely online.

France is to consider a change to its laws around sexual consent, according to the minister for gender equality. It comes after two cases where men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls. In France the age of consent is 15, but prosecutors still have to prove sex was non-consensual to prove rape.

WND

A Palestinian activist has admitted that Palestinian children are performing acts of terrorism against Israel and are motivated by a desire for approval of their peers.

Police in the U.S. state of Delaware are poised to deploy "smart" cameras in cruisers to help authorities detect a vehicle carrying a fugitive, missing child or straying senior. The video feeds will be analyzed using artificial intelligence to identify vehicles by license plate or other features and "give an extra set of eyes" to officers on patrol.

About five years ago, lawmakers in New Hampshire approved a series of changes to improve their citizens' access to homeschooling, but they now appear to be preparing to roll back those improvements. And its generated considerable controversy, since one legislator opposing homeschooling called it "child abuse."

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