Nov. 8, 2018

REUTERS

A gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff's deputy after he walked into a Southern California bar and started shooting late on Wednesday night, police said.

When the U.S. Congress reconvenes on Nov. 13, it will face a deadline less than a month later to fund parts of the federal government and a possible showdown over money for President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The new Democrat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to back President Donald Trump's trade war with China and could even egg him on, but will offer tougher scrutiny of his negotiations with allies, trade experts and lawmakers say.

From getting rid of some Muslim names of places to promising a "grand" statue of the Hindu god Ram, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is making passionate appeals to its hard-core Hindu nationalist base in the most politically important state ahead of a national election next year.

The Syrian army has rescued a group of 19 women and children who were abducted by Islamic State in the Syrian city of Sweida in July, Syrian state television reported on Thursday.

Britain's Prince Harry visited a Field of Remembrance at London's Westminster Abbey on Thursday to plant a memorial cross, part of a series of events to commemorate the end of World War One a century ago.

New applications for U.S. unemployment fell slightly last week and the number of Americans receiving benefits remained at a 45-year low as strong labor market conditions continued. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 214,000 for the week ended Nov. 3.

Chinese companies and individuals are selling more used private planes than in previous years as economic growth slows in China, and U.S. buyers are snapping up hard-to-find models.

Samsung Electronics unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it.

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Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

The Trump administration had been accused of using the deployment of more than 7,000 troops at the U.S.-Mexico border as a political ploy. The Pentagon has defended the mission but announced Wednesday it would no longer be known as Operation Faithful Patriot. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis confirmed the name change. "We are not calling it 'Operation Faithful Patriot,' we are calling it 'border support,'" Davis said.

San Francisco voters have passed Proposition C after a heated campaign to tax the city's wealthiest businesses in order to double funding for its overstretched homelessness services.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency airworthiness directive on about 250 Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the U.S. aircraft manufacturer sent a bulletin to carriers in the aftermath of a deadly Lion Air flight.

Taiwan's president on Thursday commissioned a pair of guided missile frigates that are expected to boost the island's ability to counter Chinese submarines amid rising military threats from Beijing.

Colorado voters elected Jared Polis on Tuesday, making him the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States, NBC and ABC reported. The five-term congressman defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a second cousin of President George W. Bush.

Three countries (Netherlands, Sweden and Peru) at the UN Security Council on Wednesday blocked a statement calling for an end to the war in Yemen and instead demanded a full-fledged resolution be adopted to bring warring sides to the negotiating table.

The freshman class of the new Congress will boast the largest number of military veterans in nearly a decade, including a record number of former servicewomen, bolstering a corps of ex-military lawmakers that has been depleted in recent years. More than 150 military veterans ran as either Republicans or Democrats for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm election, at a time when the number of former servicemen and women in Congress is near a historic low as older members retire or have left for roles in the Trump Administration. Voters elected more than 75 veterans to Congress.

BBC

China's Xinhua news agency says it has developed an artificial intelligence news presenter, ready to take over 24/7, every single day of the year.

Ten of thousands of people have been disappointed trying to get tickets for an audience with Michelle Obama at London's Royal Festival Hall. Many on social media have said there were more than 40,000 people in the tickets queue. The former US First Lady is appearing at the 2,900-seat venue on 3 December.

A Dutch "positivity trainer" has launched a legal battle to change his age and boost his dating prospects. Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender. "We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can't I decide my own age?" he said.

WND

Christmas holiday retail sales in the U.S. are expected to climb above the $1 trillion mark for the first time this year, on the back of low unemployment, solid income growth and higher consumer confidence, according to a study released Tuesday.

For months, gun control advocates in Washington State have peddled initiative 1639, which moves to create stricter firearms laws. On Tuesday, 60 percent of Washingtonians voted in favor of ballot measure, the Seattle Times reported. Specifically, i-1639 will: • Raise the age someone can purchase a rifle to 21. • Create an "enhanced background check system similar to what is used for handguns." • Require a person to complete a firearms safety training course. • Create a common stand for secure gun storage.

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