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George Michael through the years George Michael through the years
- December 26, 2016

On Sunday evening, the BBC reported that the infamous pop singer George Michael died at just 53 years old . The family also asked their privacy to be respected at "this hard and emotional time". As a loved public figure, and as a pop star heartthrob, Michael's public acknowledgement of his sexuality and his unapologetic Outside album came at the same time as a shift in public attitudes toward homosexuality. (more...)
Berlin attacker killed in MIlan shootout Berlin attacker killed in MIlan shootout
- December 26, 2016

Italian officials say he was shot to death a few hours later outside a different train station in suburban Milan after he opened fire on police who asked him for ID. Milan's police chief said Amri passed through France and arrived in Italy early Friday by train, according to the Associated Press . Amri was known to German police for several minor offences as well as for alleged connections to extremist groups, according to local media reports . (more...)
Berlin market attack suspect killed in shootout in Italy: Security source Berlin market attack suspect killed in shootout in Italy: Security source
- December 26, 2016

Germany's chief federal prosecutor told reporters that fingerprints sent by German officials to their Italian counterparts identified the dead man as Anis Amri , the main suspect in Monday's attack that killed 12 people and injured almost 50 others in central Berlin . (more...)
Prepare for winter storm, hazardous road conditions this weekend Prepare for winter storm, hazardous road conditions this weekend
- December 26, 2016

The Idaho Transportation Department has issued warnings that the storm is negatively impacting travel on all of East Idaho's interstates as well as on Highways 77, 89, 93, 30, 33, 34, 37, 39, 26, 20 and 28. Warming air temperatures are likely to allow the freezing rain to change to plain rain from south to north during the afternoon. Winds are expected to increase on Christmas Day , gusting up to 35 miles per hour. (more...)
Suspect in Berlin truck attack killed in Milan, report Italian police Suspect in Berlin truck attack killed in Milan, report Italian police
- December 26, 2016

His ID card was found in the cab of the lorry which drove into shoppers in Berlin on Monday. German law enforcement now faces criticism for having Amri on its radar, but failing to ultimately prevent Amri from plowing into a Christmas market in Berlin . (more...)
´No survivors´ as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes ´No survivors´ as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes
- December 26, 2016

The national carrier, Aeroflot, retired its Tu-154 fleet in 2010 but the jets owned by government departments remain in service. On board the plane were 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, including its leader Valery Khalilov. More than 100 serious safety incidents have occurred with the Tu-154 since the early 1970s. The defense ministry said the searches would go on round-the-clock with the help of ships equipped with searchlights. (more...)
How Late Is Target Open On Christmas Eve? Last-Minute Shoppers, Rejoice! How Late Is Target Open On Christmas Eve? Last-Minute Shoppers, Rejoice!
- December 26, 2016

Costco: Open until 5 p.m. December 24; closed on Christmas Day . The Santiam Liquor Store in Albany will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas Day; the store also will close at 7 p.m. Best Buy will be open Dec. 24 from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m., closed Christmas Day , and open 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Tesco , the UK's biggest supermarket, is expecting 10 million shoppers and to sell one-third of its Christmas turkeys, as 200,000 customers buy their birds and ... (more...)
23-year-old woman software engineer stabbed to death in Pune
- December 26, 2016

On Friday night at around 8:35 pm, the victim was on her way to her friend's home nearby. The Times of India reports that Antara Das, who was from Sarsuna in Behala, was an employee of Capgemini. She was working in Pune with Capgemini, her uncle Panchanan Das said. The eye witness further informed local police that the assailant was wearing a T-shirt with black and blue stripes. (more...)
Berlin market attack: Tunisian police arrest nephew of suspected terrorist Anis Amri Berlin market attack: Tunisian police arrest nephew of suspected terrorist Anis Amri
- December 26, 2016

In a video released on Friday after his death, he is seen pledging his allegiance to militant group Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The three-member cell were active in the towns of Fouchana, outside Tunis, and Oueslatia near Amri's hometown of Kairouan, around 150km (95 miles) south of the capital. (more...)
Singer George Michael dies at age 53
- December 26, 2016

Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London in 1963, and sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning nearly four decades. With their good looks, perma-tans, highlighted hair and hedonistic image, the duo captured the go-getting spirit of the age and fast became one of Britain's biggest pop acts. (more...)
Four dead after Wilson County shooting
- December 26, 2016

Another neighbor, Michael Taylor, said the area is usually quiet. "It's Christmas Eve. It's shocking", a neighbor told the station, adding that her mother knew one of the victims. "He worked in the house for the landlady", Brenda said about her mother to WNCN. Wilson County deputies closed Banks Lane East while detectives investigated a shooting that claimed four lives on Saturday afternoon. (more...)
ECN wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year (or Festivus) ECN wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year (or Festivus)
- December 26, 2016

On the flip side, taking offense at someone's reflexive "Merry Christmas " is also inconsiderate. However, one of the most trying issues that come to mind includes the fastening of an environment of hypersensitivity to Christmas and "holiday" imagery.... (more...)
In rare move, Netanyahu summons U.S. ambassador over United Nations resolution vote In rare move, Netanyahu summons U.S. ambassador over United Nations resolution vote
- December 26, 2016

Harper, known for his vocal support of Israel while in power, thanked Trump for his public opposition to a UN Security Council resolution . The president long has criticized Israeli settling building as an obstacle to peace , but has never failed to veto a United Nations resolution condemning Israel until now. (more...)
U.S. allows United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements, Netanyahu furious U.S. allows United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements, Netanyahu furious
- December 26, 2016

USA ambassador to the United Nations , Samantha Power, explained that since 2011 when the US used its veto to kill a similar resolution, "circumstances have change dramatically" and that the Jewish settlements "put a two-state solution [with the Palestinian Authority] at risk". (more...)
UN Anti-Israel Vote Will Make Peace Deal 'Much Harder' UN Anti-Israel Vote Will Make Peace Deal 'Much Harder'
- December 26, 2016

Netanyahu said Obama had broken a long-standing US commitment not to "dictate the terms of peace to Israel" at the United Nations body. He also vowed punitive action against New Zealand and Senegal, two of the resolution's four co-sponsors. (more...)