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Power outage brings world’s busiest airport to standstill

ATLANTA — A power outage brought the world’s busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, ruining holiday travel for thousands and threatening another day of headaches, with hundreds of flights on Monday already canceled. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta lost power shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, leaving passengers trapped inside airport terminals and some in planes on the tarmac for hours. By late Sunday, the airport had canceled 1,173 flights and delayed 207, according to FlightAware.com. Delta Air Lines, which is headquartered in Atlanta, said it was canceling another…

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Sarah Palin’s son arrested on domestic violence charges

The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence charges, according to online court records. Track Palin, was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of felony burglary, assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief for causing property damage in Wasilla, Alaska, according to court records. The criminal mischief charge was for causing between $250 and $999 in property damage. The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, according to the court records, which indicated that all charges were related to domestic violence. Track Palin in 2008….

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Two months later, California wildfire victims begin to rebuild

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jennafer Carlin Rosset had a bad feeling she wouldn’t be returning to her house when her family evacuated their Santa Rosa, California, home in October. “I knew it was going to be bad,” she told NBC News. “We had an alarm on our house and even though it wasn’t alarmed — basically when the house went up in flames, my husband got about 50 messages on his phone.” Two months later, fire-ravaged debris still litters many neighborhoods in Northern California, where 44 people died and more…

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Guatemala’s trans indigenous beauty pageant is about more than just a pretty face

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Aquetzali B’e Noj, a 26-year-old drag queen from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, wears a long skirt and a woven huipil, a blouse typical in Guatemala’s indigenous communities. For her, drag is a way to express her identity. Being indigenous, or native Guatemalan, is a major part of that. “I choose to wear my typical indigenous clothing when in drag to show that it’s not bad to do so. I’m not doing it to make fun…

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Have America’s CEOs stopped standing up to Trump?

The outdoor recreation industry responded last week with a unified repudiation of the White House’s announcement to sharply reduce the size of two national monuments, but there is little indication that this — or other controversial positions, ranging from H-1B visa cutbacks to the still-unsettled fate of DACA “Dreamers” — would prompt America’s corporate leaders to sever ties with President Donald Trump. “You’ll see most companies, unless it’s something directly affecting their business, will try to stay out of the fray,” Andrew Ward, an associate professor of management at Lehigh…

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Atlanta airport loses power, trapping travelers in planes and terminals

Flying home for the holidays was more of a headache than usual for those traveling through the Atlanta airport on Sunday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta — the busiest airport in the world — lost power on Sunday reportedly leaving some passengers trapped in planes and inside the airport terminals. Passengers sit stranded at the Atlanta airport, Dec. 17, 2017. Gant Laborde The airport confirmed the outage on Twitter, and the FAA said they put a ground stop in place, which means they slowed or halted inbound air traffic. A…

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Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship More Hundreds of passengers fell sick aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise this week due to a gastrointestinal illness — a common issue that plagues cruise lines due to close living quarters, among other factors. The five-night cruise docked in Florida on Saturday as 332 passengers contracted a stomach-related illness, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told CNN. Owen Torres, the spokesperson, noted that was a small percentage of the 5,547 passengers on board, and that cruise ship doctors…

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Trump lawyer accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining transition emails

A top lawyer for President Donald Trump’s transition team has accused a government agency of unlawfully turning over thousands of emails to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russia’s election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Kory Langhofer, general counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America (TFA), wrote a letter to the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee Saturday detailing claims that Mueller’s team had improperly received emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his…

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China signals reconciliation with Japan at massacre memorial

NANJING, China — China marked the anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre by Japan with a message of peace and friendship last week, potentially helping to realign relations between the rival Asian powers. A somber President Xi Jinping led a nationally televised ceremony to remember the estimated 300,000 Chinese who died when Japan’s Imperial Army occupied Nanjing, then China’s capital, 80 years ago. China has consistently reminded its people of the 1937 massacre, but in what is being interpreted as a highly significant diplomatic gesture, Xi did not lay wreaths or…

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Poll: Dems head into 2018 midterms with biggest edge in a decade

WASHINGTON — Fresh off their victory in Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrats now enjoy their largest advantage in congressional preference in nine years, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge. The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party…

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