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Live blog: Roy Moore, Doug Jones face off in Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore’s campaign strategist predicted a win for the Republican shortly after polls close and said that it is unlikely Moore will face a Senate ethics investigation if elected. “I think by 7:45 [CT] we’ll have enough indicators that say we’re going to win. And the people of Alabama will have spoken,” Moore campaign aide Dean Young said on MSNBC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Moore will face an immediate ethics investigation if he arrives in Washington. But Young said he believes the Senate Republicans are “blowing a lot…

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Germany caught in EU fishing quota row – slippery ministers REJECT eel catch ban

Fishing ministers from across the bloc are coming together this week to set fishing quotas in the North Sea and Atlantic for 2018. But the EU Commission has infuriated the German authorities with demands for a total ban on eel fishing. Eels are facing extinction due to massive overfishing – but Germany does not believe a fishing ban is the answer. German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said: “A complete ban on eel fishing is not considered appropriate.” He said it was right that eels should be protected, however, but said…

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Senators say new law will save motorists killed by truck collisions

When a car slams into the side of a tractor-trailer and slides underneath, the results can be horrific. Many of a car’s safety features are rendered worthless. The top of the car may be sheared off; the occupants are often decapitated. Federal statistics show that on roads and highways across America, “side underride crashes” kill more than 200 people every year. On Tuesday, for the first time, members of Congress proposed a bill that would require guards on the sides and front of all trucks to help prevent cars from…

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The tiny space rock New Horizons is headed for may have a moon

Maybe there’s a mini moonNASA/JHUAPL/SwRI By Leah Crane NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to a tiny rock in the outer reaches of the solar system. We don’t know much about that rock, but now we think it might have a moon. The New Horizons probe flew past Pluto in 2015 and started heading toward a Kuiper belt object called 2014 MU69, a billion miles further away. Because MU69 is so distant, we don’t really know what it looks like. From the few observations we do have, we’ve…

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Senators say bill will save lives in crashes between cars and trucks

When a car slams into the side of a tractor-trailer and slides underneath, the results can be horrific. Many of a car’s safety features are rendered worthless. The top of the car may be sheared off; the occupants are often decapitated. Federal statistics show that on roads and highways across America, “side underride crashes” kill more than 200 people every year. On Tuesday, for the first time, members of Congress proposed a bill that would require guards on the sides and front of all trucks to help prevent cars from…

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TPS: What it is and how it's changing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is determining the future residency of more than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians who have been in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status program. Q: WHAT IS TPS? TPS is meant to provide short-term protection from deportation for people who can’t return to their home country because of natural disasters, civil unrest, or health crises. The protection is designed as a reprieve lasting between six and 18 months, and it includes permission to reside and work in the US. Many Central Americans first…

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Illegal campfire caused blaze that torched homes in Bel-Air

An illegal cooking fire at an encampment near a Los Angeles freeway sparked a fast-moving wildfire last week that destroyed homes in the tony Bel-Air neighborhood and closed down a major freeway, authorities said Tuesday. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that the cooking fire in a brush area near Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes underneath the 405 Freeway was the cause of the so-called Skirball Fire, which broke out at around 5 a.m. Wednesday and destroyed six homes. There have been no arrests, the Fire Department said. The Skirball…

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No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama's Senate Election

No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama’s Senate Election More Facing a special election in Alabama that has been among the most bizarre in recent memory, everyone from pundits to pollsters has thrown up their hands about who will win. Some polls have showed Democrat Doug Jones with a clear advantage over embattled Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused by 9 women of sexual misconduct in the past month. But other polls showed Moore ahead. Election analysts such as Stuart Rothenberg to Charlie Cook have rated the race a…

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Merkel visits Berlin market one year on from attack – and FINALLY agrees to meet families

In December last year an Islamic extremist hijacked a truck and ploughed into shoppers, killing 12 and injuring 56.  Families of the victims have repeatedly criticised Mrs Merkel for not acknowledging their grief in the year since the attack.  This week she finally said she will hold her face-to-face meetings with relatives of those killed in the attack.  Some of the family members of the victims wrote a letter to the Chancellor saying: “At a time when the threat posed by dangerous Islamists has greatly increased, you have failed to…

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San Francisco Leaders Try to Move Forward After Mayor Ed Lee's Death

Aides for San Francisco Supervisor London Breed were answering the phone differently by early Tuesday morning. “Acting Mayor Breed’s office.” Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s leader since 2011 and the first Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco, died unexpectedly during the night. The news sent local leaders reeling, as they issued expressions of grief and grappled with the suddenly complicated politics of who will be the next permanent mayor of the city. Lee was 65 years old. The city charter dictates that, for now, the president of the Board of Supervisors…

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