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How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts?

How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts? NORAD said military personnel who run the Santa tracking service are supported by 1,500 volunteers each year. NORAD has been tracking Santa's annual gift deliveries for over 60 years on its own website and is an all-volunteer run program that, much like Santa, carries on no matter the political climate or inclement winter weather. [Full Article...]

Turkey deploys more troops around Kurdish stronghold in Syria

Turkey deploys more troops around Kurdish stronghold in Syria Trump's Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quit following the decision and Brett McGurk , U.S. special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Daesh, followed in the footsteps of Mattis a day later. Plans for the troop withdrawal will now be overseen by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who Trump on Sunday said would replace Mattis starting January 1. [Full Article...]

Most Canadians won’t get a white Christmas, Weather Network forecasts

Most Canadians won’t get a white Christmas, Weather Network forecasts It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as rain is expected to turn into snow overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the network predicts it's going to be chilly with around average temperatures for this part of Canada, but Scott said no major snow systems are expected. [Full Article...]

Twitter Explodes as Trump Unveils PHOTO of 'Beautiful and Effective' Border Wall

Twitter Explodes as Trump Unveils PHOTO of 'Beautiful and Effective' Border Wall By contrast, probable incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said that the spending bill she intends on passing to reopen the government once Democrats retake control of the House will include $1.3 billion for border security - but not a penny for a border wall. [Full Article...]

How did a volcano possibly trigger Indonesia’s deadly tsunami?

How did a volcano possibly trigger Indonesia’s deadly tsunami? One band member was reported dead and others are still missing according to Riefian Fajarsyah, the band's vocalist. By 1040 GMT, the disaster agency had raised the death toll to 222 from 168, with 843 injured and 28 missing. The latest tsunami stemmed from one of these volcanoes - the 305m high Anak Krakatau, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra . [Full Article...]

Trump pulls the plug on Afghanistan

Trump pulls the plug on Afghanistan While Mr. Khalilzad termed the talks "productive" on Wednesday, there were no indications that the US was going to withdraw troops. It's also not clear the Senate has any say in how the Syrian War is being engaged in, or not engaged in, as the Senate has consistently refused to vote on the question of authorizing the United States to be in Syria in the first place. [Full Article...]

Syria opposition calls on US to coordinate pullout with Turkey

Syria opposition calls on US to coordinate pullout with Turkey Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week in Brazil to talk about President Donald Trump's controversial decision to pull US forces out of Syria . Aldar Khalil, who played a key role in establishing Syria's semi-autonomous Kurdish region in 2013, said the U.S. and its partners "must honor their commitments" while operating in the ... [Full Article...]

Torrential rain to STRIKE risking CHAOS during Christmas getaway

Torrential rain to STRIKE risking CHAOS during Christmas getaway This means many will have a White Christmas . Not everyone will get in on this round of rain. Temperatures will also be significantly cooler, with highs in the 20s and 30s. A few flurries will be possible for the foothills and I-25 corridor, but no accumulation is expected. Temperatures will stay steady in the low 40s or drop slowly for most until after dark. [Full Article...]

Fiance Of Missing Colorado Mom Arrested And Charged With Murder

Fiance Of Missing Colorado Mom Arrested And Charged With Murder Authorities also said its an "absolute possibility" that there could be an additional arrest in connection with the solicitation charge, but they declined to comment further. Reuters Patrick Frazee , 32, appears in a booking photo provided by the Woodland Park Police Department on December 21, 2018. The couple's daughter will be reunited with Berreth's family, police said. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom defence secretary Gavin Williamson: Ukraine does not stand alone

United Kingdom defence secretary Gavin Williamson: Ukraine does not stand alone The UK is a steadfast partner to Ukraine as it faces continued illegal acts of aggression against its sovereignty. He was speaking as tensions in the area remain high, and he also met Stepan Poltorak, his Ukrainian counterpart. Ukraine has asked Germany to increase its presence in the Black Sea to deter further action from Russian Federation. The dispute deepened when Moscow last month seize... [Full Article...]

Taliban say talks focus on USA withdrawal from Afghanistan

Taliban say talks focus on USA withdrawal from Afghanistan In a statement on December 19, Taliban said that the Abu Dhabi talks were held between United States and Taliban representatives and that representatives of three other countries also attended the meeting. The UAE talks also involved Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives. "And meetings in this negotiations process shall continue today", it said. Meanwhile, the reports about Taliban re... [Full Article...]

Russian Federation launches investigation into BBC as dispute with Britain escalates

Russian Federation launches investigation into BBC as dispute with Britain escalates Russia's media regulator, Roskomnadzor, says it has started checking the legality of the BBC World News channel's Russian operations and its websites, following a statement by British media watchdog Ofcom that Russia's RT television channel had violated impartiality rules. [Full Article...]

US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to restart asylum ban

US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to restart asylum ban The justices' order, on a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority, left in effect a lower court decision that temporarily bars the president from changing the rules for people who claim asylum after entering the country from Mexico. [Full Article...]

Shutdown expected to drag into Christmas as talks continue

Shutdown expected to drag into Christmas as talks continue The House of Representatives and the Senate held sessions on Saturday, but both chambers adjourned without agreement, and no votes were expected until Thursday. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said, "This is a complete failure of negotiations and a success for no one". Both the House and Senate packages would extend government funding through February 8, all but guaranteeing another standoff o... [Full Article...]

Partial shutdown begins amid border wall fight

Partial shutdown begins amid border wall fight Government is now in a partial shutdown. And with the post-holiday credit card bills beginning to come due next month just as paychecks could be drying up, typical holiday season stress could be exacerbated by extreme financial uncertainty. [Full Article...]

Death toll in Czech mine explosion rises to 13

Death toll in Czech mine explosion rises to 13 The state-run firm had said earlier that a methane blast more than 800 meters underground devastated areas of the CSM coal mine near the town of Karvina on Thursday, Reuters reports. "The blast at the CSM mine is a huge tragedy", Mr Babis tweeted. "On this hard day, we strongly show our solidarity and sense of national community", he said. [Full Article...]

Jim Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor

Jim Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor The move raised the specter that Republican lawmakers could shift against Trump based on the Mattis resignation and questions of who could possibly replace him as defense secretary. "Mattis rightly believes that Russian Federation and China are clear adversaries and that we are at war with jihadists across the globe who plot to kill Americans at home". [Full Article...]

READ: William Barr's Memo Bashing Robert Mueller's Obstruction Probe

READ: William Barr's Memo Bashing Robert Mueller's Obstruction Probe As for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , the man now in charge of the Mueller probe, he said Thursday that the investigation "is going to be handled appropriately", regardless of who's in charge. Trump said earlier this month he would nominate Barr, a former USA attorney general, to return to the position. It is unclear how long Whitaker, a former USA attorney and conservative commentat... [Full Article...]

'Volcano tsunami' hits Indonesia after Krakatoa eruption

'Volcano tsunami' hits Indonesia after Krakatoa eruption The wave swamped parts of the coast around the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra island, but was most damaging in Pandeglang district, on Java's western tip, where 33 people died and 491 people were injured. Andersen, a Norwegian professional volcano photographer, said he had rushed to the hotel where his family were staying, and they later went to a higher ground in a forest. [Full Article...]

Who Is Brian Kolfage? The Man Behind The GoFundMe Border Wall Project

Who Is Brian Kolfage? The Man Behind The GoFundMe Border Wall Project More than 123,000 people have contributed. The Republican-controlled House later passed a continuing resolution that included $5.7 billion for border security, sending it back to the Senate, where it is nearly certain to fail. Meanwhile, according to 10 News , contracts were awarded for President Trump's border wall in California. The US government is facing a shutdown over the issue of fundi... [Full Article...]


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