• 4 high school students arrested over wrestling team hazing

    ELMER, N.J. (AP) — Four New Jersey high school students have been arrested in connection with a hazing incident involving the school wrestling team.
    Investigators say they are accused of stripping the victim in a shower area of Arthur P. Schalick High School in Elmer, restraining the victim and threatening to assault the victim with a broomstick.
    The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office says the four juveniles have been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated ass
  • Ex-Trump lawyer: Hush money paid over election concerns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was “very concerned” about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.”
    In an interview with ABC News that aired Friday, Michael Cohen said he “gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty.”
    Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to sever
  • Kelly Clarkson backs lip-synching mom who embarrassed son

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kelly Clarkson is sending some love to the mom who was captured lip-syncing on a fan cam while her son dove for cover in his hoodie.
    The video of Mandy Remmell’s performance of Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” at Tuesday’s University of Maryland basketball game, and her 10-year-old son’s reaction, has captured more than 700,000 views online.
    Clarkson, who is a coach on NBC’s “The Voice, tweeted , “This is my kind
  • Police: Flying metal barely misses hitting child

    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 1-year-old barely missed being impaled by a flying piece of metal.
    The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 89 in Colchester.
    Police say a truck was forced to brake suddenly, and a piece of rebar that was not secured flew forward and went through the back window of the car the child was in.
    The metal landed in the child’s rear-facing safety seat, missing the child by inches.
    Police say the child was uninjured and
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  • Authorities: Man indicted on child porn charges shoots self

    PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man indicted on 40 counts of possessing child pornography has shot himself in the head.
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 62-year-old James Paul Berry III was hospitalized Thursday following a court appearance. His condition is unclear.
    His attorney, Debra Corcoran, says she told Berry he was going to be charged with another offense and Berry “indicated he was going to have a cigarette.”
    She says she tried to contact him afte
  • The Latest: Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local):
    12:40 p.m.
    The Christmas market in Strasbourg has reopened amid tight security a day after the gunman suspected of killing three people in an attack earlier this week was shot dead by police.
    The main suspect, Cherif Chekatt, was killed on Thursday after he opened fire on officers during a police operation.
    The site of Tuesday’s attack was close to Strasbourg’s famous Christm
  • National Park Service buys MLK Jr’s birth home

    ATLANTA (AP) — The National Park Service has bought the home in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929.
    Citing a National Park Foundation release, news outlets report the civil rights leader’s family has owned the home on Auburn Avenue for more than a century and closed the sale last month for an undisclosed amount. Congress declared the home a National Historic Site in 1980, and the National Park Service began offering tours of it in 1982.
    The home was built
  • China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US goods

    BEIJING (AP) — China has announced a 90-day suspension of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.
    The tax agency said the suspension that takes effect Jan. 1 is intended to carry out the agreement reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping during a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina.
    The agency said Beijing will suspend a 25 percent import charge on $66 billion of cars
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  • UEFA fines Milan $13M, threatens 1-year European ban

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined AC Milan 12 million euros ($13.6 million) and threatened the club with a one-season ban from European competition for breaking financial fair play rules.
    A UEFA panel says the ban will be activated if Milan fails to break even on soccer-related business in June 2021.
    The decision was announced the day after Milan was eliminated from the Europa League. The 12 million euros ($13.6 million) will be deducted from its prize money.
    UEFA originally banned M
  • China announces suspension of 25 percent penalty tariff on US-made autos following trade cease-fire with Washington

    BEIJING (AP) — China announces suspension of 25 percent penalty tariff on US-made autos following trade cease-fire with Washington.
    The post China announces suspension of 25 percent penalty tariff on US-made autos following trade cease-fire with Washington appeared first on LEX18.com.
  • Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.
    The Regional Trial Court branch 261 on Friday acquitted 20 other people who have languished in jail for several years while insisting they were innocent in the brazen March 2000 kidnappings of 52 people, mostly young students at t
  • The Latest: Survey shows French protests knocked business

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):
    11:55 a.m.
    A survey suggests the “yellow vest” protests in France have dealt a significant blow to business activity in the country’s services sector, which includes tourism and retail.
    The so-called purchasing managers’ index, which measures activity in various parts of an economy, fell to 49.6 points in December for France’s services sector. That is down sharply from November&rs
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  • The Year’s Brightest Comet Streaks By Earth This Weekend

    (CNN)– The night sky will come alive this weekend when a green comet streaks by Earth on the heels of the Geminid meteor shower‘s display of green fireballs.Comet 46P/Wirtanen began brightening in November, but it will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and be visible with the naked eye. The comet will come within 7 million miles of Earth — a proximity that won’t happen again for 20 years. That’s 30 times the moon’s distance from us.The co
  • Volkswagen on track to break last year’s sales record

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen says it is on track for a new annual sales record despite trouble getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests.
    Sales head Christian Dahlheim said Friday that “we are confident” 2018 will end with a figure slightly above the previous record from 2017, when the company sold 10.74 million vehicles. November sales figures left Volkswagen with 9.92 million vehicles sold during the first 11 months.
    Volkswagen faced delays
  • Recall On Certain Lots Of 9 Lives Cat Food

    (NBC News)– There’s another pet food recall to warn consumers about.
    This time it involves certain types of 9 Lives cat food.
    According to the Food and Drug Administration, some specific lots of 9 Lives canned cat food may have low levels of thiamine, or Vitamin B-1.
    The items being recalled are 9 Lives Protein Plus with tuna and chicken, with a best used by date of March 27, 2020 through Nov. 14, 2020.
    Also, 9 Lives Protein Plus with tuna and liver with a best used by date of April
  • Contract Worker At LG&E Plant Dies On Job

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– A contractor working at the LG&E plant in Trimble County died while cleaning a piece a equipment.
    The man, identified as 24-year-old Jordan R. Doyle, of Maysville, died Nov. 12.
    Kentucky State Police said Doyle was inside a piece of machinery when some sort of incident occurred.
    Emergency crews responded and he was pronounced dead around 9:30 p.m.
    LG&E said the contractor was cleaning air filters.
    OSHA has started an investigation into Doyle’s death.
  • Truck crashes through home, misses sleeping woman

    TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch.
    Police say the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Templeton.
    Tracy Samuels, who was sleeping on the couch, says she heard a loud bang, woke up and said, “Why is there a truck in my living room?”
    The truck destroyed the family’s Christmas tree and their gifts, but no one was injured in the crash.
    Tracy Samuels’ husband, Jas
  • Moscow says it will help Russian despite her guilty plea

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.
    Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate conservative political groups in the U.S., as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian news agencies on Friday that he &ldquo
  • The Latest: Kosovo Serbs say they don’t recognize army

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo’s vote to create an army (all times local):
    12:55 p.m.
    Politicians in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo say they don’t recognize the formation of Kosovo’s army and that it presents “a shot into peace.”
    Serb leader Goran Rakic said Friday Kosovo’s military is “unacceptable for us and we absolutely reject it and our message is that it has no validity.”
    Serb lawmakers boycotted the vote on forming the ar
  • Russia: Constitutional committee for Syria ‘almost ready’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat says the make-up of a committee meant to draft a new constitution for Syria is nearly complete, with almost all members agreed on.
    The announcement comes after Syria’s warring sides and mediators last month failed to agree on the formation of the committee, which is seen as key to ending Syria’s seven-year civil war.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian news agencies on Friday the list of the committee members “is a
  • Kosovo parliament approves formation of army amid fierce opposition from Serbia

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo parliament approves formation of army amid fierce opposition from Serbia.
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  • Hungary looks at Cyprus gas to diversity energy supply

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Hungary’s foreign minister says Cyprus’ offshore gas deposits could become an alternative energy source for his country, which is seeking to diversify its natural gas supply beyond Russia in order to bolster its energy security.
    Peter Szijjarto says Hungary “constantly seeks alternative solutions” and that his country considers as “realistic” the supply of gas from Cyprus’ Aphrodite offshore deposit.
    He said an agreement sign
  • French Jewish cemetery desecrated with swastikas

    PARIS (AP) — A ceremony has taken place at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France where 37 gravestones and a monument to Holocaust victims were sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti.
    Interior minister Christophe Castaner was among the participants at the Herrlisheim cemetery, near the French city of Strasbourg, for Friday’s event to denounce anti-Semitism and remember Holocaust victims.
    The desecration that included Nazi swastikas was discovered on Tuesday, hours before an attacker sprayed
  • 4-Year-Old’s Name Added To Friday’s ‘Cram The Cruiser’ Fundraiser

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– For the second year in a row, University of Kentucky police officers are trying to turn tragedy into generosity this holiday season.
    The department is holding its “Cram the Cruiser” toy drive Friday.
    People are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the station on Euclid Avenue.
    At 4 p.m., they’ll deliver the toys to the UK Children’s Hospital.
    It started last year in honor of Jonathan Ard, an Iraq War veteran who lost his battle to leuke
  • Official vows action after AP reports missing migrant girls

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official is vowing to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation’s poorest regions.
    The vice governor of East Nusa Tenggara province, Josef Nae Soi, says officials will work with police to try to find the missing girls cited in the AP’s report. He says officials are strengthening checks at airports and seaports
  • Bobsled body suspends 5 Russians in fallout of Sochi doping

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian bobsled federation president Alexander Zubkov and four others have been provisionally suspended for doping in fallout from the Sochi Olympics.
    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it has imposed interim bans on the five Russians “based on the reasoned awards issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
    CAS this year upheld the five disqualifications from the Sochi Games by an IOC disciplinary panel for benefiting from a s
  • UK Students Graduate Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Thousands of UK students will receive their diplomas Friday.
    Two graduation ceremonies will be held at Rupp Arena. The first at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
    Graduate Kelsey Allmon and Kendall Hitch have been chosen to speak at the ceremonies, with UK President Eli Capilouto also giving remarks.
    Both ceremonies will also be live streamed.
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  • Elderly Man With Dementia Missing In Rowan County

    ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A desperate search is underway in Rowan County for a missing elderly man with dementia.
    75-year-old James Norman Riley went missing around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
    He was last seen around Dry Branch Road in Cranston.
    His family notified police around 6 p.m. Thursday when he didn’t return from his walk in the woods.
    They say it’s normal for Riley to take a daily walk, but this time he didn’t come back home.
    We’re told Riley normally wear
  • The Latest: Polish teenagers call for climate action

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
    1 p.m.
    Polish teenagers have staged an action at the venue of U.N. climate conference urging the negotiators on the last scheduled day of talks to reach an agreement on ways of fighting global warming.
    More than 30 school students from Katowice, the Polish city where the talks are being held, responded Friday to a call by 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg for a “climate strike” t
  • Transferring A “Terrible Deal” For Quade Green

    Quade Green found himself No. 3 on the Kentucky depth chart and left UK for what Sporting News columnist Mike Courcy called a “con” job. (Vicky Graff Photo)
    Sporting News columnist Mike DeCoucy is one of those who thought Quade Green’s 3-point shooting would be an invaluable asset for Kentucky this season.
    He noted before the season started that UK struggled to consistently make 3-point shots last season and had to remedy that flaw this year. DeCourcy felt Green
  • Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of US student

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — An American student living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam has been stabbed to death in her apartment and police are preparing to arraign a man suspected in the slaying.
    Police spokeswoman Miriam Boers confirmed Friday that the victim was 21-year-old Sarah Papenheim.
    Boers declined to confirm reports in local media that she was a psychology student from Minnesota studying at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University.
    Rotterdam police say in a statement that she
  • Romania rejects request by Turkey to extradite journalist

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has rejected a request by Turkey to extradite a Turkish journalist it accuses of terrorism.
    Turkey wants to try Kamil Demirkaya for links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
    The Court of Appeal delivered its ruling, which is not final, on Friday after 15 minutes’ deliberation. Reasons will be published later.
    Demirkaya was detained in Romania on Dec. 5 after Turkey petitioned to
  • KFC offering fire log that smells like chicken

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken roasting on an open fire appeals to you, you’re in luck.
    KFC tweeted on Thursday that it is offering an 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog, saying it’s the best way to make your fire smell less like fire and more like chicken.
    The 5-pound fire log is available on the company’s website and is limited to one per customer while supplies last.
    KFC says the $18.99 fire log can burn for up to three hours, but there are some
  • US soldier dies in non-combat incident in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military says an American service member has died in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, without offering further information.
    The military’s statement says the incident happened on Thursday and is being investigated.
    The service member’s identity was being withheld until his family could be notified.
    About 14,000 U.S. military personnel are serving in Afghanistan, training and assisting Afghanistan’s beleaguered national force
  • The Latest: British leader seeks out Juncker before summit

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
    1:15 p.m.
    The morning after European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker criticized Britain for sometimes being “nebulous and imprecise,” Prime Minister Theresa May sought out the EU leader for a testy one-on-one ahead of the second day of summiteering.
    Already one of the last to enter the summit room ahead of Friday’s session, May at one point made a beeline for Juncker and confronted him. Juncker got out of hi
  • Swedish parliament rejects proposed government _ again

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish lawmakers have rejected proposals for caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven form a center-left government, more than three months after elections that left the country in political limbo.
    Parliament voted 200-116 to reject a minority coalition of Lofven’s Social Democrats — Sweden’s largest party — and the left-leaning Greens.
    Friday’s vote was the second of a possible four before Speaker Andreas Norlen must call new elections.
    All at
  • EU could hold Brexit summit next month if UK needs clear

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Croatia’s prime minister says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament.
    Andrej Plenkovic said Friday that “if there is a need we can always convene, but nothing in that respect was concluded yesterday” during Brexit talks in Brussels.
    British Prime Minister Theresa May canceled a vote in Parliament this week after it became clear the assemb
  • Kosovo parliament to vote to form new army, angering Serbia

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament is convening to approve the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.
    The 120-seat parliament on Friday will vote on three laws to turn an existing 4,000-member Kosovo Security Force into a regular lightly armed army. Ethnic Serb lawmakers were expected to boycott the vote.
    Serbia fears the move’s main purpose is to ethnically cleanse Kosovo’s Serbian-domin
  • Draft agreement emerges at UN climate talks, pitfalls remain

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.
    Ministers and senior officials from almost 200 countries were due to hold further meetings Friday before convening in plenary in the afternoon to address remaining differences.
    Among the key pitfalls to emerge overnight was the question of how to establish a functioning international market in carbon credits an
  • Bangladesh opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader’s motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation’s capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian nation.
    Jatiya Oikya Front spokesman Latiful Bari told The Associated Press that the attack occurred while opposition leader Kamal
  • Tracking A Soggy Weekend

    Low pressure tracking northeast out of east Texas Friday will funnel copious moisture into the Ohio Valley early this weekend. Get ready to get soggy! Expect showers Friday with bursts of moderate/heavy rain and even a few t-showers mixed in overnight into Saturday morning. Lingering, wrap around showers will persist Saturday as the low heads toward the east coast. Two day rainfall totals could push 1″-2″ with higher totals over western Kentucky. Highs will stay above average, in the
  • China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign ministry says it has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a shrine to Japan’s war dead in Tokyo.
    Spokesman Lu Kang did not say whether Beijing considered the protest justified, but urged Japan at a Friday briefing to take responsibility for its actions during World War II.
    The two were detained Wednesday after one of them set a fire inside Yasukuni Shrine while the other shot video tha
  • Paris police bracing for more violent protests

    PARIS (AP) — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.
    Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armored vehicles again in Paris.
    Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catc
  • Ethiopia moving troops from Eritrean border amid new peace

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian military officials say they are moving troops away from the border with Eritrea, months after the former rivals made a surprising peace.
    Gen. Asrat Denero, head of the army’s Western Command, says the “threat level from the Eritrean side has declined sharply. So we have decided that there is no use in keeping that massive force in the border areas. It will be deployed to other locations.”
    He did not say how many troops will be moved.
  • German parliament approves 3rd gender identity for records

    BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as “diverse.”
    Lawmakers approved the change late Thursday. The government had to act after Germany’s highest court ruled last year that people must be allowed to register as neither male nor female, ordering authorities to create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.
    That followed a case in which a plaintiff had sought unsucces
  • Video captures aftermath of France attack suspect shootout

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The immediate aftermath of the shootout between French security forces and the suspect in the Strasbourg attack has been caught on camera from across the street, with video footage showing armed officers at the scene and the body of the man slumped in a doorway.
    More officers arrive at the scene soon after, followed by crime scene investigators who take photos of the body and the surroundings.
    The Paris prosecutor’s office, which handles terror cases in Fran
  • Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last town held by the Islamic State group, in the militants’ single remaining enclave in eastern Syria.
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces took Hajin early on Friday after fierce fighting under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
    Europe-based activist Omar Abu Layla of the DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group confirmed that the town was t
  • Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country’s east

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country’s east.
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  • Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics.
    Ukraine’s Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, as authorities ramped up pressure on priests to support the move. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Church
  • Lebanese curious, wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah tunnels

    MAYS AL-JABAL, Lebanon (AP) — A crowd of young Lebanese men gather to watch while across the border, Israeli excavators dig into the rocky hills.
    The mood is light as the crowd observes what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed “Northern Shield” — aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia.
    But the scene highlights the palpable anxiety that any misstep could lead to a conflagration between Israel and Lebanon that no one seems

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