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Trump announces Mattis as Secretary of Defense nominee during Fayetteville appearance

Mattis is technically ineligible to be Defense secretary because the law requires retired military officers to be out of uniform for seven years before they can become the military's civilian leader. Trump also said he plans to end the defense sequester, which is expected to require large cuts to the Pentagon's budget next year, as well as fix problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs and build up the US military.

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Japanese mogul pledges $50 billion US investment

US President-elect Donald Trump has revealed that SoftBank Group plans to invest $50bn (£39.48) in the country and create 50,000 new jobs. Trump , who won the election by promising to create jobs and shake up the political establishment, claimed the Japanese investment as a personal coup.

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Paris using odd-even traffic rule to beat pollution

Paris was previously put on an air-pollution alert in December 2012 because cold weather entrapped diesel fumes, leading to the most severe smog in the French capital since 2007. Other parts of France were also facing pollution alerts, with the air particle concentrations rising to unsafe levels in the southeast and the north of the country.

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Trailer reveals storyline, the Phantom and the silent protagonist's abilities

With the wait having been extended for Persona 5 as of last month, the new story trailer from Atlus USA is both a blessing and a curse. PS3 and PS4 owners in North America will be able to get " Persona 5 " as soon as it is released for them on April 4, 2017.

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Markets Right Now: Dow at another high in early US trading

At 11:09 a.m. ET (1609 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average was down 14.89 points, or 0.08 percent, at 19,201.35. About 7.1 billion shares changed hands in USA exchanges, below the 7.9 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.59-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 3.14-to-1 ratio favored advancers.The S&P 500 posted 52 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 232 new highs and 29 new lows.

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Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

Biden turned down a possible run in the recent election in October 2015 saying the window "had closed" for a successful campaign. While "Uncle Joe" as many fans and admirers call the vice president was angry with the results of the election, he has stated on many occasions his distate for Donald Trump.

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Trump attacks plans for upgraded Air Force One

Boeing has been given three contracts amounting to $170 million to build the two replacements for the current Air Force One planes, which are scheduled to be in service by 2024. The Air Force, which operates the presidential planes, announced in January 2015 that Boeing's 747-8 would be used to replace the two current presidential planes.

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Mook: Clinton Didn't Need Obama's Urging to Concede to Trump

The change in views is unsurprisingly due to Republicans and leaning independents, who largely were at a disadvantage in the Electoral College before President-elect Trump changed the map. A gross exaggeration? I don't think so. "And I think some of them are scared to vote for someone else because of the potential political fallout". "I'm looking for someone we can all unify behind", he said.

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Aceh army chief says death toll rises to 54

Officials urged people to sleep outdoors as twilight fell, in case aftershocks caused more damage to already precarious buildings. "We are now evacuating to Tijue (about 3 km from Sigli) because we are afraid of a tsunami", local resident Nilawati told AFP .

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Pebble Said to Discuss Selling Software Assets to Fitbit

Last week a report surfaced that indicated popular fitness wearables compact, Fitbit, was days away from acquiring arguably the most important player in the smart wearables space, Pebble. Pebble's CEO, Eric Migicovky, will very likely part with the company after the deal goes through. In fact if the report is any accurate, it seems that Fitbit's acquisition of Pebble will see the company kill off two new Pebble products that were announced earlier this year: the Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble ...

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Japanese Firm SoftBank Says It Will Invest $50 Billion in US

The US president-elect provided no details on the jobs or investment, which he spent all day trumpeting after talks with Japanese telecoms billionaire Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower in NY. "We're going to defend American jobs", Trump told his supporters. "We have to look at it nearly as a war". As he prepares to take office on January 20, Trump has picked several well-known figures from the world of finance for key administration posts, including former Goldman Sachs Group Inc partner Steven ...

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Samsung Bests Apple in Legal Tussle - Tech Roundup

The Supreme Court points out that the patent law does not require the profits to be on the entire device, but could be on separate components regarding the interpretation of the term " article of manufacture " for the objective of calculating damages.

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Massive Rift Found In Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf

It was observed that in 2013, two years before the said event, a rift had formed 20 miles inland at the base of the ice shelf. While the crack completely cuts through the ice shelf, for now it does not go all the way across; there was no mention when NASA predicts it will break apart.

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Taiwan calls ex-US senator Bob Dole an 'important friend'

China has reacted with relative calm to the call, lodging what it called a "solemn protest" with the United States government but also underlining that its economic and diplomatic relationship with Washington depends on the United States acceptance of the "one China" principle, which recognizes Beijing as the sole representative of the Chinese nation.

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Apple Launches new Tool for logging into TV Apps

The days of having to enter one's cable account login details into every individual TV app on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV may be coming to an end and that's all thanks to Apple's iOS Single Sign-on feature. Some notable names that are missing and may be added at a later stage are Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, Charter and Time Warner Cable, as reported by Appleinsider .

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Most vertically agile robot ever developed

The robot's vertical jumping ability is 1.75 metres (5.74 feet) per second, which is higher than the vertical jumping agility of a bullfrog (1.71 metres or 5.6 feet, per second) but not quite as high as the galago (2.24 metres or 7.3 feet).

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Aroldis Chapman Yankees Rumors: Offer Made To Closer For Reunion

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and Chapman are rumored targets during this offseason, wrote Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: " Sources have confirmed that, at owner Jeffrey Loria's urging, the Marlins will make a strong push to sign one of the two big-name closers".

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December 5 forecast: Showers early Thursday, Temperatures Sink

Temperatures will remain a little cooler than normal in the upper 30s. Tuesday will be a cold day with highs only in the 20's and 30's. Savannah, Ga. The wind is unlikely to calm by Friday morning so frost development is unlikely. Today in the Knoxville area, expect cloudy skies with a 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon.

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Story trailer for Sniper Elite 4 takes us to Italy 1943

Those interested in learning more about what the series protagonist will encounter in Italy are also encourage to read a lengthy PlayStation Blog post from Sniper Elite 4 Narrative Designer Colin Harvey. Lt. Karl Fairburne is going to have plenty of work to do when the Sniper Elite franchise moves from North Africa to Italy, and Rebellion wants to make sure players know what to expect when Sniper Elite 4 debuts hits PC and consoles in early 2017.

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Google's New Trusted Contacts App Helps Loved Ones Find You

Whether you just need a little reassurance or you're actually in an emergency, Trusted Contacts helps connect you with the people you care about most - at the times you need them most . This feature is rolling out in the Google App on Android in the USA and will gradually be available in other regions. If you're offline, it'll share your last known location before your connection dropped.

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NASA Is Building A $170 Million Space Mechanic

The space agency has dubbed this the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus, which is itself part of the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract. California-based space technology company Space Systems/Loral will setup a robotic space station which will refuel satellites in orbit.

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Topic of the Day: Georgia Father Sentenced to Life

The malice murder conviction means jurors believed Harris left his son to die on goal. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark said it was a "horrendous, horrific" crime, as Harris had "callously walked away and left that child in a hot auto to swelter and die".

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Trump's phone call with Taiwan was reportedly months in the making

A companion commentary warned that Trump "will in time learn not to cross China" , threatening "a fierce competition" with Beijing if the United States increases arm sales to Taiwan. Taiwan split from the Chinese mainland in 1949. Taiwan is in practice an independent country. But it had the important effect of solidifying US relations with China's neighboring countries.

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US Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

In an opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court rejected that approach, finding that the statutory term " article of manufacture " could mean either a whole product or just one component of a product. As Reuters reports , the argument centered on the definition of " article of manufacture " in us law, and whether it related to the entire product, or just specific components .

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Trump tweets trade tirade against China

Yet instead of a blunder, as some have called it, the incident could serve as a timely - and intentional - notice to China that Mr. Trump will reject efforts to undermine USA commitments, also made in 1979, to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression.

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Trump meets former USA vice president Al Gore over climate change

She has been taking active interest in the issue and recently met actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who gave her a copy of Before The Flood, the 90-minute documentary on climate change he co-produced with Martin Scorsese. Imposing 35 per cent tariffs on firms with worldwide operations could cause more job losses, said Robert Lawrence, an global trade professor at Harvard's John F.

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Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor On 75th Anniversary

All the old Creamer's Dairy farmhouse needs now is a little help from some friends. The visit is scheduled on Dec 26 and 27 as a tribute to military troops from both sides who sacrificed with their lives for their countries during WWII. In 1,366 days - from December 7, 1941 to September 2, 1945 - the United States destroyed the Axis powers and became a superpower. Six months after the attack, in June 1942, USA aircraft carriers sank four Japanese carriers during the Battle of Midway, a ...

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Clementine Bordeaux discusses the North Dakota pipeline

The Army's refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and expensive.

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Merkel seeks new party term amid concern over migrants

Merkel's open immigration policies contributed to a recent political setback for her and her party. Mrs Merkel, who has led Germany for 11 years, last month confirmed that she would run for a fourth term, but acknowledged that the election would be "more difficult" than any other she had contested.

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Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

The case had been closely watched in tech circles. More specifically, the court ruled Samsung owes Apple damages based on infringing components instead of the entire device. FILE - In this October 21, 2016 file photo, a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S7 is displayed as customers wait in line to buy Apple's iPhone 7 at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

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Economy Watch: E-Commerce Enjoys Robust Sales on Black Friday

Cyber Monday sales grew 12.1% year-over-year according to the Adobe study, which aggregated data from more than 23 billion anonymous visits to retail Web sites. However, it is true: for the first time, Cyber Monday just hit a record-breaking $3.45 billion in sales. Meanwhile, the number of shoppers who plan on shopping online on Cyber Monday has fallen from highs reached earlier this decade.

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AT&T launches new streaming TV service to compete with Vue, Sling

On November 30 is will begin marketing DIRECTV NOW. People can sign up for DIRECTV NOW or Fullscreen online and instantly will have the ability to stream content on a variety of devices. AT&T says to expect Roku support in 2017, as well as Amazon Fire tablets, and smart TVs from Samsung and other brands. Rather than undermining its satellite proposition, informitv states, AT&T seems more interested in appealing to those that do not have pay TV and dissatisfied subscribers of ...

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Amazon opens new high-tech supermarket

First, you will have to download their Amazon Go app and use it when you enter the store . In Amazon's new grocery store concept, called Amazon Go , you can literally grab your food and walk out, no checkout required. You can sign up to be notified when Go opens here. The shop is now only open to Amazon employees but will open to the public in early 2017, according to the site.

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Joe McKnight shooting: Man charged after ex-NFL player's death

Gasser was brought in after the shooting by police but then released without being charged, leading to furor on social media from activists who said Gasser's release and McKnight's murder were racially motivated. "For a life to be lost so senselessly is just beyond description", said JT Curtis, McKnight's high school coach, who's been head coach there for almost five decades.

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The Numbers That Tell the Story of This Standing Rock Victory

The Army Corps of Engineers had warned that activists could be arrested if they hadn't left by Monday, but the agency later said it had no plans to forcibly remove those who stay. The $3.7 billion pipeline project would move about 470,000 barrels of crude oil daily from two North Dakota oil fields to an existing crude oil market near Patoka, Illinois.


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