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US to review North Korea travel ban, top diplomat says

US to review North Korea travel ban, top diplomat says

The United States is considering reviewing a travel ban put in place barring most American citizens from traveling to North Korea, the State Department’s top North Korea negotiator said Wednesday. Steve Biegun told reporters the evaluation would take place “early next year” if the conditions are right. However, the US appears to only be looking…MORE

Advil meet Excedrin: Pfizer and GSK are merging their consumer healthcare businesses

Advil meet Excedrin: Pfizer and GSK are merging their consumer healthcare businesses

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer are combining their consumer healthcare businesses in a multibillion-dollar merger. The two pharmaceutical giants — which own household names like Advil and Tums — said Wednesday that the new company would have combined sales of $12.7 billion a year. The merger will bring together Pfizer’s big sellers like Centrum and Caltrate with…MORE

‘The Voice’ finale: The season 15 winner is …

‘The Voice’ finale: The season 15 winner is …

“The Voice” has crowned a new winner, and it’s good news for Team Kelly. Chevel Shepherd, a 16-year-old from New Mexico whose powerful vocals impressed all season, bested three other finalists to become the long-running reality show’s latest victor. Her coach was Kelly Clarkson. Kennedy Holmes, of Jennifer Hudson’s team, came in fourth place. And…MORE

European Union diplomatic cables hack linked to China, NYT claims

European Union diplomatic cables hack linked to China, NYT claims

A cybersecurity firm says hackers were able to infiltrate a European Union communications system for years and copy thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables, The New York Times has reported. Area 1, the cybersecurity firm which discovered the vulnerability, said thousands of EU diplomatic cables were accessed using “techniques resembling those long used by an elite…MORE

Saraland police accuse teen of sexually abusing 10 and 11-year-old victims

Saraland police accuse teen of sexually abusing 10 and 11-year-old victims

Sickening allegations against a Mobile teenager charged with child sex abuse were revealed in court Tuesday, December 18. Investigators went into graphic detail explaining the accusations against 19-year-old Sean Howell. During the hearing in Mobile, a Saraland Police officer testified that the two alleged victims are 10 and 11. He also testified that after Howell…MORE

El Chapo trial witness describes meeting the boss, and the naked man chained nearby

El Chapo trial witness describes meeting the boss, and the naked man chained nearby

A key informant in the case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman testified in federal court on Tuesday, highlighting his meetings with the reputed cartel boss and the bloody drug war that drove him to cooperate with investigators. Pedro Flores, who operated a cocaine and heroin distribution business with his twin brother Margarito in Chicago, said…MORE

Senate Republicans drafting short-term deal to prevent government shutdown

Senate Republicans drafting short-term deal to prevent government shutdown

Senate Republicans are drafting a stopgap spending bill to extend the funding deadline for approximately 25% of the federal government until February 8, according to three sources. The decision to move forward on the short-term plan hasn’t been finalized, the sources said. There are still senators who are urging GOP leaders to negotiate for a…MORE

Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

One of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo with as many as 319 people now dead. The Ministry of Health said Tuesday that 542 Ebola cases had been recorded in the province of North Kivu — 494 of which have been confirmed. Of the 319 believed…MORE

SoftBank’s mobile unit plunges 15% after second biggest IPO in history

SoftBank’s mobile unit plunges 15% after second biggest IPO in history

SoftBank’s blockbuster IPO has flopped in its market debut. Shares in the Japanese company’s mobile telecommunications unit plunged 15% in Tokyo on Wednesday, their first day of trading. The business is one of Japan’s biggest wireless carriers and has provided the foundation for SoftBank CEO Masa Son’s vast tech empire. By listing a big chunk…MORE

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