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‘Compromise Is Within Reach,’ McConnell Says of Stimulus Talks

Senator Mitch McConnell said negotiations on a new round of coronavirus relief were closer to agreement, but did not endorse a $908 billion compromise measure embraced by Democratic leaders.

“It has always been about policy differences. We have two sides with two different visions for the best way to support our nation through what we hope will be the last chapter of the pandemic. Now that isn’t new. We have disagreements all the time. Our system can handle disagreements. But both sides have to be willing to compile their commonalities and make law here. Our people are hurting. But they’re ready to finish this fight. Congress should not keep them waiting for reinforcements that should have arrived, literally, months ago. So compromise is within reach. We know where we agree, we

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Watch now: Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney argues self-defense at preliminary hearing | State and Regional News

The detective testified that Rosenbaum was chasing Rittenhouse before he was shot. After that shooting, he said, Rittenhouse was running away and fell to the ground, shooting Huber after Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Another man, who was seen on video trying to kick Rittenhouse, was never identified, Antaramian testified.

“The state is trying to put forward a one-sided view of what happened, protecting someone who does not deserve protection, he’s a masked robber,” Richards said of Rosenbaum.



Kyle Rittenhouse hearing screenshot

This screenshot shows Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating, defendant Kyle Rittenhouse and attorneys in the case during a preliminary hearing Dec. 3. 




Probable cause a felony occurred

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to establish that there is probable cause that a felony was committed and to bind someone over for trial. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said the evidence is clear that Rittenhouse

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Brexit news live: Latest updates as trade deal talks near ‘very end’

Michel Barnier passes pro-EU demonstrators near ‘make or break’ talks in London

Brexit talks are “at the very end”, Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, has said. He told RTE that if a deal cannot be done then the focus will shift very soon to a no deal scenario.

It comes as it was revealed on Thursday that trade talks, described as “make or break”, stretched late into the night in London on Wednesday as negotiators sought to bridge considerable gaps over fishing rights, state aid and governance – the same issues over which talks have stalled since February.

And with Downing Street pledging to push ahead with plans to breach international law amid reports it intends to do so again in a Finance Bill due next week, Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney warned this would be a “a really big mistake” and would be taken by the EU as a

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Threat to China firms on US exchanges grows with bill’s progress | China News

While it applies to companies from any country, the bill targets Chinese firms that allegedly flout US audit rules. China says the proposed legislation is discriminatory.

The United States House of Representatives passed legislation to kick Chinese companies off US stock exchanges if they do not fully comply with the country’s auditing rules, giving President Donald Trump one more tool to threaten Beijing with before leaving office.

The measure passed the House by unanimous voice vote, after passing the Senate unanimously in May, sending it to Trump, who the White House said is expected to sign it into law.

“The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” bars securities of foreign companies from being listed on any US exchange if they have failed to comply with the US Public Accounting Oversight Board’s audits for three years in a row.

While it applies to companies from any country, the legislation’s sponsors intended it

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Henry McMaster nominates interim department of public safety director to fill job permanently | Local News

The governor’s nomination of Woods is subject to approval by the South Carolina Senate. 

“Mr. Woods has led a life dedicated to the serving the people of South Carolina,” Sen. Mike Gambrell said. “His short time as acting director has shown that he is more than qualified to lead SCDPS, and I look forward to confirming Governor McMaster’s appointment.”

The 54 year old Woods has been acting director of the department since February. 

It was announced in February that former director Leroy Smith would not be reappointed by McMaster.

In 2017, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to fire Smith amid allegations of unsafe working conditions. 

During his time as acting director, Woods has worked to increase department communication and improve employee morale, and implemented data-driven programs to create safer highways. Going forward, Woods plans to strengthen relationships with state and local law enforcement leaders and increase recruitment and

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Judge: Suit to overturn Texas law on drone photography can proceed – News – Austin American-Statesman

A lawsuit seeking to strike down a Texas law that restricts drone photography can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman rejected a request by state officials to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that two journalism organizations and a reporter raised substantive points questioning the law’s constitutionality.

The lawsuit argues that the 2013 law places improper limits on news gathering, violating the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee by making it a crime to capture images of private property, or a person on that property, no matter where the drone is flying.

The lawsuit also challenges the law’s ban on using drones with the “intent to conduct surveillance,” arguing that the phrase is not defined and is vague enough to include most news-gathering activities, allowing for arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.

In his order,

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AP govt withdraws law for speedy trial in rape and murder cases after Centre’s objections – india news

Nearly a year after enacting a legislation to expedite trial and sentencing in rape and murder cases within 21 days, the Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday withdrew the law following queries raised by the Centre.

State home minister Mekathoti Sucharita introduced a bill in the assembly on Wednesday seeking to withdraw the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill – Andhra Pradesh Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children Bill, 2019. It was named after a Hyderabad-based veterinarian who was raped and killed by four youths on November 28 last year and was given a pseudonym Disha.

The legislation, which was passed by the state assembly on December 13 last year, sought to complete investigation into alleged rape and murder cases, conduct of trial in special courts and awarding of sentences to the accused within 21 days.

The legislation was later sent to the Centre for Presidential assent, since it required

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Steven Spielberg secures restraining order after receiving death threats | Celebrity news



Steven Spielberg secures restraining order after receiving death threats

Steven Spielberg has received a restraining order against a woman who has sent him death threats.

The ‘Ready Player One’ filmmaker took action against Sarah Char, who he alleged had been harassing him for several months and even threatened to murder him, causing him to fear for his safety, as well as that of his wife Kate Capshaw and the rest of their family.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, the 73-year-old director was told by law enforcement officers that the woman had tried to buy a gun in order to kill him, and claimed she has been arrested for criminal threats, harassment and stalking.

He also told how he’d received a message on Twitter from Char which read: “If I have to personally MURDER people for stealing my IPs‚ I WILL. Get me?”

The court granted Steven a temporary restraining order which requires the woman to stay at least

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Cautious Optimism, Uncertainty as State Virus Cases Decline | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Michigan health official said Tuesday she was cautiously optimistic that more residents took steps to combat the surging coronavirus last month, citing declining case rates, but warned that the spread remains significant and the effect of Thanksgiving will not be known for two to three weeks.

Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and an adviser to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, urged people who traveled for the holiday to stay away from others for 14 days.

The Democratic governor, meanwhile, said it was too early to say if her administration will extend a three-week order that prevents high schools from offering in-person instruction, prohibits dine-in service at restaurants and closes various entertainment businesses. The restrictions are due to end in a week, Dec. 8.

Joe Vicari, who owns more than 20 Detroit-area restaurants, has urged other restaurant owners to defy

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I have found wife’s photos with another man. Can I file for divorce in UAE? – News

Know the law in the UAE.

Q1) I found some photographs of my wife in a compromising position with another man. It was a relationship she had in her home country before she got married to me. Can I file for a divorce based on the photographs? Can I file a criminal case against her in the UAE though the incident took place in another country?

Pursuant to your queries, we assume that you and your wife are expatriates living in the UAE. As you allege that you found the photographs of your wife with another man in a compromising position, the provisions of Federal Law No. (3) of 1987 on issuance of Penal Code (the ‘UAE Penal Law’), Federal Law No. (35) of 1992 related to Criminal Procedure Law of UAE (the ‘Criminal Procedure Law of UAE’) and Federal Law No. (28) of 2005 on Personal Status

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