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Revenue up at Penney's owner on record sales

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Associated British Foods plc (LON: ABF ) reported a 3% increase in revenue in the 16 weeks ended January 6, led by growth at its Primark stores. This reflected a "strong" like-for-like sales performance in the United Kingdom and continued store expansion. Read More »

In Chile, Pope Francis defends bishop in sex abuse scandal

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Pope Francis' visit to Chile comes in the middle of great controversy as the Catholic Church in the region finds itself in significant decline following the revelation of a wave of sexual abuse cases involving priests. "There will be good news and we ask the pope to pray with all the Andean priests", said shaman Juan Osco, as he tossed flower petals over the pope's image. Read More »

Congress Honors 'Soldier, Legislator and Statesman' Bob Dole

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He spent 35 years representing Kansas in Washington . Current Senator Jerry Moran said he has Dole's desk in that particular chamber. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins also made remarks. "You have greatly impacted so many in this nation". Also expected to attend are Dole's wife, former North Carolina Sen. After the 96 campaign, Dole retired from traditional politics. Read More »

U.S. withholds $65 mn from Palestinian aid programs: State Dept

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The State Department said that the remaining $60 million would still be released to the agency to prevent it from running out of money and closing down. "The United States plans to make this funding available to UNRWA in early 2018", according to the letter, seen by Reuters on Thursday. "We're not going to reward bad behavior", she added. Read More »

Republicans Are Worried About This Democrat's Special Election Win

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CNN's Chris Cillizza puts a number to it. Republican Sheila Harsdorf had held that seat since 2001 but stepped down past year. "That trend is beginning to rightly alarm smart Republicans". "Swings of 20-plus points to the Democrats is not the sort of thing that an incumbent Republican likes to see". But in an election season that is shaping up to be defined by disenchantment with Donald Trump and his enablers, the governor is suddenly sounding-and acting-politically vulnerable. Read More »

Three law enforcement officers reportedly shot in York County, say media outlets

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A deputy handling a K-9 was shot during the search around 1:10 a.m. Officials have not said how badly those deputies were injured but officials said the suspect has been taken down. During an afternoon press conference, a SLED official said that based on evidence, there's probable cause to seek warrants charging McCall with three counts of attempted murder. Read More »

Citigroup reports steep fourth quarter losses tied to United States tax reform

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Citigroup Inc . ( NYSE: C ) reported its fourth quarter financial results for the 2017 fiscal year. Analysts had expected the bank's earnings per share to be $1.19. That is more than other banks because Citigroup generated huge losses in the financial crisis. On Friday, JPMorgan Chase said adjusting to the new regime would cost it $2.4 billion. Read More »

'Our hearts are still open':European Union president on Brexit reversal

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Mr Tusk said: "As regards our future relations, what we need today is more clarity on the UK's vision". Government officials would not be drawn on the UK's negotiating objectives for the transition period, but a DIT spokeswoman said: "The government is committed to securing continuity in its current trade and investment relationships, including those covered by our membership of the European Union , so we can provide certainty and stability for our businesses, consumers, and trading ... Read More »

Shilpa Shinde is 'Bigg Boss 11' victor

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While Shilpa doesn't tire of talking about the "treatment meted out to her" by Hina, first runner-up Hina chooses to take a diplomatic stand, in a conversation immediately after Shilpa was declared the victor. "There were so many men in the house Hiten Tejwani , Vikas Gupta, but no one stopped from doing it, I am glad Salman did it". The resignation came as the commotion in the television fraternity and among her fans. Read More »

Charlotte mother kills her 2 children, jumps off overpass

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Christina Treadway wanted the world to know about her children's talents. Based on an initial investigation, police said Treadway injured her children. Officers said Saturday evening they were called to I-485, where the woman had jumped onto the asphalt and died. I love Tina to death, but she was just troubled. Read More »

Iran president says United States failed to undermine nuke deal

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They are concerned about Iran's nuclear programme but also its aggressive expansionism in the region and agree that Trump is now doing, what they have been doing to years: tying Iran's Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for terrorism and nuclear programme together. Read More »

Cyber attacks on nuclear systems could lead to 'inadvertent' missile launches

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Trump's rhetoric towards North Korea of its nuclear weapons program has the group particularly anxious, noting his "nuclear button" tweet and his "fire and fury" threat last summer. Michaela Dodge, a defence analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation, declined to comment on the document, citing its unauthorised leakage. "The potential impacts of a cyber attack on nuclear weapons systems are enormous", they said, because data hacks can reveal sensitive information on facilities' ... Read More »

Pflugerville woman living in Hawaii reacts to false missile scare

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North Korean President Kim Jong-un claims to have ballistic missiles capable of reaching Hawaii and the continental U.S. The alert went out Saturday morning, saying there was an inbound ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. "Today is a day that most of us will never forget", said Hawaii Gov. David Ige . Some guests at hotels across the Hawaiian Islands were instructed to go to hotel basements after the false alert was sent out. Read More »

Man arrested on Greyhound bus after police chase in IL

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Covelli said Vargas-Rosas is being held pending extradition to Racine County, Wis. Their assistance included spiking the bus tires. "You need to stop" and he finally stopped", authorities said. "He was pacing back and forth in the aisle, acting suspiciously, digging into his waistband", Schmaling said. He is in the country illegally, Schmaling said, noting that he had been deported to Mexico some time ago. Read More »

New federal tax pointers depend on staff to double-check their paychecks

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The Treasury Department released its withholding tables for the new tax laws on Thursday, which lay out how much tax employers should withhold from employee paychecks. The top Democrats on the House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees have raised concerns about whether the new tables could lead to systematic underwithholding. Read More »

Massive natural disaster in Peru leaves at least 2 dead, 17 missing

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Yamila Osorio, governor of the the Arequipa region that includes the devastated areas, said a 55-year old man was crushed by a rock in the coastal town of Yauca. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The quake was also felt in northern Chile, Peru's southern neighbor, but authorities said there was no tsunami risk. Read More »

Man with scissors reportedly cut off girl's hijab in Toronto's east end

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She says a man pulled off the hood of her jacket and started cutting the back of her hijab. She felt someone behind her pull the hood of her winter jacket down and when she turned around and the man ran off. He was wearing black prescription glasses, a black hooded sweater, black trousers and brown gloves, police said. The Toronto Disctrict School Board says school administrators contacted police and the girl's family as soon as they learned of the attack. Read More »

Freezing rain possible for Timmins and area

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Temperatures dropped this morning with the passage of a cold front, and rain changed to freezing rain and snow. Mild and rainy conditions are then expected for the remainder of the night into Thursday morning. Forecasts warned of possible periods of freezing rain during the flash freeze before switching over to show. A high of -10 C is in the forecast for Toronto on Saturday and the city will see a high of -11 C on Sunday. Read More »

Republican Senators Try To Save Trump's Burning Presidency By Flat Out Lying

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U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, went on WBT Friday morning to defend Trump's remarks and did so with incredibly twisted logic. We should have more people from Norway". Once it was clear by mid-afternoon on Thursday that Trump was not going to support the bipartisan deal, the group led by Durbin and Graham issued a terse statement. Read More »

Winter storm leads to school, event cancellations

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PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow , sleet and ice are occurring. Washington, in serious need of rain, is officially in a drought. Citizens of Minden woke up to subfreezing temperatures Friday morning . Flood Watch for the entire area until 7 PM Saturday . Wintry precipitation is likely to impact Friday across much of Southeast Missouri and southwest IL. Read More »

Saudi Women Attend, Cheer at Live Soccer Match for the First Time

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In Saturday's match Al-Hilal drew 1-1 versus Al-Ittihad. In October, the Saudi General Sports Authority , a state agency, announced that three stadiums, up to now male-only facilities, would be prepared to be ready for families, including the allocation of special places for seating and entrances. Read More »