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Two people climb rafters in protest during Vikings-Bears game

The Vikings' game was not interrupted. The Minneapolis Fire Department is assessing the situation. The two men were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline by hanging down from a banner atop the stadium with the help of climbing gear and ropes.

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Possible civilian casualties in Mosul air strike: Pentagon

Mosul, the largest city held by ISIS anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the US -trained Iraqi army out in June 2014. "The enemy is now isolated inside the left (eastern) bank of Mosul", Yahia Rassol, a military spokesman, said on state TV. "We only had time to grab our clothes", he said.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Set for Best Year Since 2013

The S&P 500 closed with a gain of 9.4 percent for the year to end at 2,238.83, a 10.43 points drop from Thursday's close. Investors are wary that the market could be primed for a spill to start 2017, after the S&P 500 posted a surprisingly strong gain in 2016.

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Japan minister's Yasukuni visit draws scorn from China, S. Korea

The Japanese defense minister's visit of a controversial shrine in Tokyo for Japan's World War II victims has angered China and South Korea, which consider the shrine a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism . There was no immediate reaction from China, where Yasukuni visits by politicians are viewed as evidence that Japan has yet to atone for atrocities committed in parts of China and on the Korean peninsula before and during the second world war.

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Takata could pay up to $1 bil. to settle U.S. criminal probe

Department of Justice and is expected to pay up to $1 billion to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to its faulty air bag inflators, Reuters said, citing the Wall Street Journal . BMW announced this week a recall of 200,000 vehicles imported to China as a result of a potentially unsafe fault in their Takata airbag systems. "This recall schedule ensures the inflators will be recalled and replaced before they become unsafe, giving vehicle owners sufficient time to have them ...

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Russian Federation proposes date for oil production control committee meeting

Iraq, the second-biggest OPEC producer, is fully committed to the accord, Oil Minister Jabbar Al-Luaibi said Thursday in Cairo at a meeting of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries. Crude imports from OPEC member countries went up in September from one month earlier by 196 tbpd, or six per cent, accounting for 41 per cent of total USA crude imports.

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Trump Defends Foundation After Announcing He Will Dissolve Charity

Mr. Trump announced Saturday that he would shut down the charity to "avoid even the appearance of any conflict" with his role as president, writes The Washington Post . The foundation, however, has come under increased scrutiny and is under investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office. Trump also said he would promote philanthropic efforts in various other ways, but didn't elaborate on how he would do so.

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Brent Oil Prices Rise Ahead of Planned Production Cuts

This is while the price of February futures for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil rose by 0.38 percent to $53.22 per barrel. Activity in the oil market was light, as many traders remained in holiday mode between Christmas and New Years. Libyan output was 622,000 bpd on Monday, up slightly from levels recorded before an armed faction agreed to lift a two-year blockade on major western pipelines on December 14, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said .

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Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2016

Sri Lanka will play three Tests, three T20 Internationals and five One-day Internationals during their tour. Sri Lanka had been in serious trouble at 21 for three as their top order was decimated but De Silva's knock and 39 from captain Angelo Matthews stemmed a possible collapse.

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Unwanted holiday gifts? You can ship them for free to Goodwill

After the holidays, put some of those shipping boxes to use with Give Back Box . By now the Amazon boxes are piling up in your house before the holidays. Mail your box using UPS or the US Postal Service. Donations go to your nearest participating Goodwill organization, according to Amazon . These donations will be then sold in store so the built up revenue can help support job training, employee placement, and other community-based services.

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Monte dei Paschi rescue to cost Italian government €6.5bn

The ECB, the main regulator for banks in the eurozone, has estimated the capital shortfall at 8.8 billion euros ($9.2 billion), according to a statement issued late Monday by Monte dei Paschi. Monte dei Paschi was forced to raise new capital after coming up short in last summer's European Union stress test, in which it performed worst among 51 banks tested.

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KKK documentary cancelled due to participants being paid off on the side

However, the network has apparently decided that airing this series is probably a bad idea - albeit not for the reasons you might think. A&E also announced partnerships with the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change, and said both civil rights organizations would produce viewer guides and an educational curriculum to go along with the series, as well as participate in a town-hall special.

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Here's why Hanukkah and Christmas are overlapping in 2016

On Dec. 28, the Jewish community in San Antonio will have a chance to commemorate the holiday on the San Antonio River. "But because of its temporal calendar location, it definitely gets given a lot of importance in American society". It's called the shamash , or "attendant". Saturday night at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah . The menorah is suppose to be in a window or doorway so others can see it - a way to publicize the miracle of the oil.

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What is open and closed in Winnipeg over the holidays

Walmart will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed all day on Christmas. Which stores are even open? Normal trading will resume up until New Years Eve. and until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, was throwing out all sorts of sales for procrastinators: A Magic Bullet blender, usually $47.99, was going for $28.99.

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Oil prices rose in anticipation of U.S. reserves decrease

US crude stocks posted a surprise build last week, climbing by 2.3 million barrels compared with an expected decline of 2.5 million barrels, the US Energy Information Administration said yesterday. At 153.52 million barrels, distillate supplies are 1.5% higher than the year-ago level and are sitting over the upper half of the average range for this time of the year.

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U.S. makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

But residents close to the helipad sites strongly oppose the plan. "The helipads will be used to launch Ospreys, and we fear there may be more crashes". Although no one was killed, the incident reignited concerns among the residents about the risks they face in daily life as they continue hosting us military facilities.

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Ikea reaches $50 million settlement with families suing over dresser deaths

In all cases, the lethal furniture was one of Ikea's Malm dressers, a line of popular assemble-it-yourself chests made of particle- and fiberboard. The tentative settlement was reached Wednesday after a two-day mediation before a retired federal magistrate, the families' law firm said .

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GDP increased to fastest growth in two years

Core personal consumption expenditures (PCE), a measure of inflation that tracks prices paid and excludes volatile food and energy costs, was reported at 1.7% in the second estimate and unchanged in the third. The economy grew even faster than the market had thought during the third quarter of this year - and now attention turn to a fourth quarter that may see expansion slow back down.

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The world's first 'solar road' is kind of a disaster

It is a pretty interesting idea and Colas , the company who is manufacturing the panels, is hoping to get the costs down which in turn would mean that it could see higher adoption in the future. Construct a new 4-lane highway - $4 million to $6 million per mile in rural and suburban areas, $8 million to $10 million per mile in urban areas. Embedding solar panels in roads seems like a no-brainer (miles and miles of open space with little or no shade), were it not for the constant abuse of ...

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Census estimates: IL lost more people than any other state

Census Bureau estimates show West Virginia lost nearly 10,000 residents over the past year. While upstate has been steadily losing population for years, immigration into New York City has offset that to keep the total state population fairly stable until this most recent look.

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Can General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) Go Higher? Analyst Update

First Interstate Bank now owns 19,295 shares of the auto manufacturer's stock worth $546,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Shares of Ford Motor Co. "(GM) Shares Sold by Sanders Morris Harris Inc." was published by Sports Perspectives and is the sole property of of Sports Perspectives.

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The shocking downside to home sales increase

USA home resales unexpectedly rose in November, reaching their highest level in almost 10 years, likely as buyers rushed into the market to lock in mortgage rates in anticipation of further increases in borrowing costs. About 21% of transactions in November were all-cash sales - down from 22% in October and down from 27% a year ago. He added, "Furthermore, it's no coincidence that home shoppers in the Northeast - where price growth has been tame all year - had the most success last month".

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Obama Said to Use 1953 Law to Restrict Offshore Drilling

However, Obama's ban - affecting federal waters off Alaska in the Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea and in the Atlantic from New England to Chesapeake Bay - is unprecedented in scale and could be challenged by Trump in court. "Protecting the Arctic and Atlantic from risky drilling will give polar bears, right whales and other endangered species a fighting chance", said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Oil prices remain stable ahead of year-end holidays

It reopened in mid September, but repairs were needed before tankers could load at the port, and its capacity remains far below its pre-conflict level of 350,000 barrels per day (bpd). Last week, the greenback reached its highest level since 2002. Analysts and traders forecast a stockpile decline of 2.4 million barrels, on average. That put both contracts on track to rise for a fourth week in the last five, with Brent up around 23% during that time and US crude up about 20%.

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The Syllabus: Boom goes Charlotte Law

Department of Education for what the department calls "dishonest" practices in marketing and job placement. The Department of Education maintains the ABA repeatedly found the Charlotte School of Law does not prepare students for participation in the legal profession.