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December 13, 2017 - 4:14 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three men pleaded guilty to creating a "botnet" known as Mirai that was used to paralyze chunks of the internet in 2016. Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman admitted to one count of conspiracy in plea agreements filed earlier this month. Federal prosecutors in Alaska...
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he talks during the closing news conference following the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Muslim nations of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and appear set to counter it with a declaration of east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. (Onur Coban/Pool Photo via AP)
December 13, 2017 - 3:37 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-...
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This undated photo provided by the Nassau County District Attorney's Office shows Brittney Schmidt. Schmidt and Vincent Fina, who fraudulently pocketed thousands of dollars in donations for a 5-year-old boy with cancer could be looking at three years in prison after missing a court sentencing Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, where they were expected to receive probation. (Nassau County District Attorney's Office)
December 13, 2017 - 3:17 pm
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A couple who fraudulently pocketed thousands of dollars in donations for a 5-year-old boy with cancer could be looking at three years in prison after missing a Wednesday court sentencing at which they were expected to merely get probation. Brittney Schmidt, 31, and Vincent Fina...
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December 13, 2017 - 2:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. The Fed is lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a...
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December 13, 2017 - 2:03 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina retirement community has apologized for distributing a calendar that featured a racially tinged caricature of a slave. WWAY-TV in Wilmington reports the Bradley Creek Health Center at Carolina Bay circulated a community calendar Dec. 1 with a Christmas...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2013, file photo, former NHL Player Luc Robitaille and his wife Stacia Robitaille attend Echoes Of Hope's 3rd Annual Luc Robitaille Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament in Los Angeles. The wife of Hall of Fame hockey player Luc Robitaille has tweeted about an encounter with Donald Trump more than two decades ago in an elevator at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
December 13, 2017 - 1:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of Hall of Fame hockey player Luc Robitaille has tweeted about an advance she has Donald Trump made on her more than two decades ago in an elevator at Madison Square Garden. Stacia Robitaille wrote Monday on Twitter that Trump "was aggressive & told me I was coming home...
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FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, file photo shows a T-Mobile store in New York. Cellphone company T-Mobile says it is launching a TV service in 2018, the latest company to marry wireless and video. The company said Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that it bought cable-TV startup Layer3 TV to help it roll out its upcoming service. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 13, 2017 - 1:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video. The service will target people who aren't interested in traditional cable and satellite TV packages. T-Mobile promises to address consumer complaints such as "sky-high bills" and "...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speaks to attendees at the North Star Ball in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is set to name his choice to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as Lt. Gov. Smith. Dayton was expected to make the appointment Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, nearly a week after Franken announced his plan to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:40 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election. Smith was widely seen as...
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December 13, 2017 - 12:39 pm
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A new report commissioned by Rwanda's government accuses France of supplying weapons and protection to the perpetrators of its 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed, deepening a feud between the East African country and its former benefactor. The report by U.S...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2013 file photo, Mike Caldwell, a 35-year-old software engineer, holds a 25 Bitcoin token at his shop in Sandy, Utah. As Venezuela’s national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:29 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela's national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun...
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