Action.News ABC Action News Santa Barbara Calgary WestNet-HD Weather Traffic

Home WestNet.ca WebMail

              


Posted: Tue-Dec-2019





Headlines:
Multiple people, including police officer, dead in New Jersey shooting
Shooting Jersey City

A police officer and multiple others were killed in a shooting in Jersey City Tuesday that authorities say is not believed to have been a terrorism attack.

... read more


U.K. election: Why a Labour stronghold of half a century could fall to a pro-Brexit party
Hartlepool

Labour Party strongholds in the U.K. are being targeted by both the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party, both of which hope to capitalize on voters' disaffection over Brexit.

... read more


Articles of impeachment against Donald Trump focus on abuse of power, obstruction
1186982017

House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

... read more


Canada signs revised North American trade deal, clearing way for ratification
Mexico US Canada Trade

Canada has signed a new agreement updating the North American free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States, clearing the way for the contentious pact's long-awaited ratification.

... read more


Mexican ex-security chief charged in U.S. in drug conspiracy
MEXICO/

A man who served as secretary of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012 has been indicted in New York City on drug charges alleging he accepted millions of dollars in bribes to let the Sinaloa cartel operate with impunity in Mexico.

... read more


Brazilian president calls teen climate activist Greta Thunberg a brat
Spain Climate Summit Thunberg

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a "brat" after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

... read more


11 jailed for 2017 suicide bombing in St. Petersburg metro that killed 15
Russia Subway Explosion

Eleven people were jailed in Russia on Tuesday for plotting a suicide bombing on the St. Petersburg metro that left 15 people dead and scores injured during a visit by President Vladimir Putin to his home city in 2017.

... read more


New Zealand volcano death toll rises as witnesses describe horrors
New Zealand Volcano Erupts

Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them.

... read more


Exxon Mobil prevails in New York climate change lawsuit
EXXONMOBIL-RATINGS/S&P

A judge on Tuesday ruled in favour of Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit brought by New York state that had accused the oil company of hiding from investors the true cost of addressing climate change.

... read more


Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accepts Nobel Peace Prize
Norway Nobel Peace

Militant groups and global military powers both pose a threat to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for forging a peace accord with Eritrea.

... read more


Bill Cosby loses Pennsylvania appeal of sex assault conviction
1039251176

A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction.

... read more


U.S shuts down World Trade Organization appeals court
1187538809

Global commerce lost its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and instead facing what critics call "the law of the jungle."

... read more


Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dead at 61
Hungary Roxette

Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday.

... read more


U.S. government has misled public throughout Afghanistan deployment: report
Afghanistan

The U.S. government, across three White House administrations, misled the public about failures in the war in Afghanistan, often suggesting success where it didn't exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by the Washington Post.

... read more


OAS audit of Bolivian election finds evidence of systematic fraud
Bolivia Elections

The final OAS audit on the Bolivian election of Oct. 20 has determined the Morales government engaged in massive and deliberate fraud to prevent an opposition victory. The findings are being welcomed by Canada as a vindication of its position supporting the caretaker government of Jeanine Añez.

... read more


China says Canadian detainees face prosecution on national security charges
Canadians detained

Two Canadian citizens detained in China for one year are now facing trial on charges related to national security.

... read more


Aung San Suu Kyi at UN court for Rohingya genocide case
1187466986

The UN's highest court on Tuesday began a hearing into allegations of genocide in Myanmar over the military campaign against the Rohingya minority, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi set to defend those who once held her under house arrest.

... read more


Major hotel chains sued in U.S. for enabling, profiting from sex trafficking
InterContinental

Landmark U.S. legal action was filed on Monday accusing several major hotel groups of profiting from sex trafficking on behalf of 13 women who claimed they were sold for sex in hotel rooms.

... read more


Suspect shoots 6 dead in Czech hospital, then kills himself
Czech Hospital Shooting

Six people were killed and three wounded in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic on Tuesday, the prime minister and officials said. The apparent gunman killed himself, police said.

... read more


Chile military plane with 38 passengers missing on way to Antarctica
Chile Military Plane Missing

Chile's air force said it lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight Monday evening to the country's base in Antarctica.

... read more


Why Black Brits Are Considering Leaving UK After Election: 'If The Conservatives Win, I'm Gone'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments have fuelled racism, say worried families. ... read more


6 People Dead In Czech Hospital Shooting
Hospital staff have warned the number of casualties could still rise. ... read more


6 Dead, 8 Missing After New Zealand Volcano Eruption
An additional 30 people were seriously injured in the explosions, including 27 people who were severely burned. ... read more


India Protests Erupt Over Citizenship Bill That Discriminates Against Muslims
The bill would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015. ... read more


North Korea Calls Trump 'Erratic' Old Man Over Tweets
Former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol said North Korea wouldn’t cave in to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose. ... read more


Russia Banned From Olympic Games Over Doping Scandal
The World Anti-Doping Agency voted to punish Moscow for tampering with laboratory data. ... read more


Volcano Erupts In New Zealand, Leaving At Least 5 Dead, Other Tourists Missing
Several tourists remained unaccounted for after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island on Monday afternoon. ... read more


Lebanon’s Journalists Suffer Abuse, Threats Covering Unrest
The deteriorating situation for journalists in Lebanon comes despite its decades-old reputation for being an island of free press in the Arab world. ... read more


Hong Kong Protests Mark 6-Month Mark With Massive Rally
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators crammed into Hong Kong's streets in a mass show of support. ... read more


Woman's Death Prompts Nepal To Make First-Ever 'Period Hut' Arrest
The country outlawed the tradition of chhaupadi in 2005. But it wasn't until last week that someone was arrested in connection with the practice. ... read more


North Korea Conducts 'Important' Test At Once-Dismantled Launch Site: State Media
The reported test comes as a year-end deadline set by North Korea regarding denuclearization talks with the U.S. nears. ... read more


Devastating Factory Fire Kills At Least 43 In New Delhi
Many of the victims were factory workers who were asleep when the blaze ignited on Sunday morning in the Indian capital, authorities said. ... read more


Reddit Suspects Russian Interference In UK
Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation. ... read more


Mass Strike Over Pensions Causes Travel Chaos Across France
Unprepared tourists faced empty train stations and closed landmarks as Paris police prepared for a major demonstration through the capital. ... read more


Brits Can't Believe U.S. Health Care Costs In Viral Video: 'Shut The Fridge!'
“Man, so if you’re poor, you’re dead," one woman said after finding out how much an inhaler would cost. ... read more


U.S. House Approves Uighur Bill Demanding Sanctions On Senior Chinese Officials
The bill requires the U.S. president to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. ... read more


Another Royal Just Apologized For Her Ties To Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew stepped away from public life recently after his connection to the late sex offender began to affect his family's work. ... read more


Trump Blasts Macron For 'Very, Very Nasty' Comments On NATO
Relations between the U.S. and France are particularly strained after the U.S. proposed introducing tariffs on $2.4 billion in goods. ... read more


Trump Says He'll Stay Out Of UK Election – Then Immediately Backs Boris Johnson, Brexit
Speaking in London on the first day of a NATO summit, Trump also denied the U.S. is seeking to open up Britain’s NHS to American competition. ... read more


5 Key Moments From Prince Andrew Accuser Virginia Giuffre's BBC Panorama Interview
For the first time on British TV, Giuffre explains how she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with the royal in 2001. ... read more


Czech shooting: Gunman kills six at hospital in Ostrava
The man opened fire at the hospital in Ostrava before going on the run and shooting himself dead. ... read more


Laurent Simons: Belgian child prodigy drops out of university
His parents removed him after the university said he wouldn't graduate before turning 10. ... read more


France protest: Mass rallies held on sixth day of disruption
France sees another day of major disruption over planned changes to the pension system. ... read more


Peter Handke receives Nobel Literature prize
The controversial Austrian winner of the 2019 prize was applauded at the ceremony in Stockholm. ... read more


Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies, aged 61
The singer, whose hits included The Look and It Must Have Been Love, had had a brain tumour. ... read more


St Petersburg bomb: Long jail terms for metro attack
Fifteen people died in the April 2017 attack in the Russian city, many of them students. ... read more


Climate change: Greenland ice melt 'is accelerating'
The ice sheet's contribution to sea-level rise is now seven times what it was in the 1990s. ... read more


Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice
European guidelines on a form of heart disease are under review, following a Newsnight investigation. ... read more


Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup
Russia is handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events - including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics - by the World Anti-Doping Agency. ... read more


Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire
Talks between Russia and Ukraine's leaders end with a pledge of a ceasefire by the end of 2019. ... read more


'We’re sorry for Thomas Cook refund delay'
The body issuing refunds to customers of the tour operator has apologised for payment delays. ... read more


Climate change: 1.9 billion people rely on natural 'water towers'
A new study ranks the importance and vulnerability of high-mountain stores of water. ... read more


'It's inexcusable we don't know who we can hire'
The Conservatives' immigration plans lack clarity, says the head of a UK business group. ... read more


Sanna Marin: The rising star who leads Finland's 5.5 million
Sanna Marin, who at 34 has taken power at the head of a coalition of female leaders in Finland. ... read more


Poland's model gingerbread village lights up for Christmas
More than 30 artists and bakers in Poland create model houses, castles, people and working trains. ... read more


Ukraine conflict: Can peace plan in east finally bring peace?
Paris talks brought limited progress towards peace in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine. ... read more


Doping ban: Can Russia play at the World Cup?
What does Russia's doping ban mean for the 2022 World Cup and Euro 2020? ... read more


Peter Howson returns to 'hell' of Bosnian war with new painting
The painter was haunted by his experiences as a war artist, but has revisited the subject in a new painting. ... read more


Restoring the theme park abandoned for 20 years
When it is re-opened, Berlin's Spreepark will have a focus on art, culture and nature. ... read more


General Election 2019: Farage accused of 'dog-whistle racism'
Labour's Angela Rayner and Green co-leader John Bartley questioned the tactics used the EU referendum campaign. ... read more


House leaders to charge Trump with 'high crimes and misdemeanors' in two articles of impeachment
Democrats are expected to move swiftly to hold a committee and floor vote before the holiday break. ... read more


New Jersey officer killed in shootout, two officers and civilian wounded
Schools in parts of Jersey City, the state's second-largest city, were on lockdown during the shooting. ... read more


Barr thinks FBI may have acted in 'bad faith' in probing Trump campaign's links to Russia
"I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a bogus narrative," the attorney general said in an exclusive interview with Pete Williams. ... read more


Exxon found not guilty in climate-change securities fraud trial
The lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general’s office alleged that Exxon deceived investors about the true cost of climate change. ... read more


New Jersey lawmakers approve bill to ban discrimination based on hair
The move comes a year after an Atlantic County high school wrestler was told at a match that he had to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit. ... read more


Bill Cosby loses appeal to overturn sexual assault conviction
The disgraced comic claimed other accusers should not have been allowed to testify at his trial. ... read more


House Democrats praise new trade deal to replace NAFTA amid impeachment
Getting the agreement through Congress would allow Trump to declare victory on a campaign promise ahead of the 2020 election. ... read more


Jailed Citgo execs now on house arrest can begin 'healing,' family of one says
“Overall, this is a huge benefit to their physical health and their mental state," after two years in a difficult situation, a relative tells NBC News. ... read more


American couple on honeymoon in New Zealand severely burned by volcano
At least six people are confirmed dead and eight others who are missing are presumed dead after the eruption on White Island. ... read more


Why anti-Semitism on the British left got so bad, so fast
His leadership has unleashed previously unthinkable attitudes on the British left that won't easily dissipate, whoever becomes prime minister. ... read more


Juice WRLD's death at 21 was as tragic as it was probably preventable
Like the deaths of Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison and Jones, the deaths of Juice, Peep and XXXTentacion are the product of a specific time and drug culture, as well as deeper social ills. ... read more


Ed Smart, dad of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, says there's no gay 'cure'
Smart, who became a household name after his daughter was kidnapped in 2002, said he tried for decades to suppress his sexuality. ... read more


'The most contentious area in the field': Scientists split on how climate change has affected hurricanes
While scientists say global warming is to blame for wetter storms, no consensus exists for such a link to storm strength. ... read more


Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates should get probation, prosecutors say
Gates testified against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone. Both were convicted. ... read more


Former top Mexican cop charged with protecting El Chapo's cartel
Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing protection to the Sinaloa Cartel. ... read more


What do you think is the biggest story of the past decade?
We witnessed the rise of streaming services, influencers, podcasts — and the demise of free time itself (thanks to smartphones). ... read more


Fatally wounded Texas officer may have been struck by vest-penetrating bullet
The disclosure came after Houston's police chief berated Republican senators and pro-gun advocates over the Violence Against Women Act. ... read more


Texas teen allegedly carved his name on girlfriend's forehead
The victim told San Antonio police that Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, attacked her because he was angry over her supposedly texting other men. ... read more


Patriots admit video crew violated league policy, say it was unintentional
The Patriots indicated the filming was done for content on the team’s website, independently of the team’s football operations, and that there was no intention of gaining a competitive advantage over the Bengals. ... read more


Mike Espy says he's better prepared for 2020 campaign
Analysis: “We have to create a coalition of black voters and white voters all over Mississippi who believe in vision of a more modern Mississippi.” ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141521/191210-democrats-articles-impeachment-cs-915a_cb8c0126c5c54cc3a96a99cca06b8ee8.jpg
House leaders to charge Trump with 'high crimes and misdemeanors' in two articles of impeachment
Democrats are expected to move swiftly to hold a committee and floor vote before the holiday break. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3142016/191210-jersey-city-shooting-ew-246p_70826da54f7d03533aa608789310f926.jpg
New Jersey officer killed in shootout, two officers and civilian wounded
Schools in parts of Jersey City, the state's second-largest city, were on lockdown during the shooting. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141816/191210-barr-cs-1210a_3424e78fee6f5b92fbad376dc72bb10d.jpg
Barr thinks FBI may have acted in 'bad faith' in probing Trump campaign's links to Russia
"I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a bogus narrative," the attorney general said in an exclusive interview with Pete Williams. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141936/191210-exxon-protest-se-218p_39b2216ee0926ebc2b31f37b5d64ad4e.jpg
Exxon found not guilty in climate-change securities fraud trial
The lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general’s office alleged that Exxon deceived investors about the true cost of climate change. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2018_51/2693376/181221-andrew-johnson-dreadlocks-wrestler-ac-810p_5ed241a71b70ea0b0d990db26d663d72.jpg
New Jersey lawmakers approve bill to ban discrimination based on hair
The move comes a year after an Atlantic County high school wrestler was told at a match that he had to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_14/2420196/180503-bill-cosby-al-1435_a62fad7339de315fcf6a75ddecb35745.jpg
Bill Cosby loses appeal to overturn sexual assault conviction
The disgraced comic claimed other accusers should not have been allowed to testify at his trial. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141641/191210-usmca-al-1032_2e985254fca6bc03dcff6d6e506efd61.jpg
House Democrats praise new trade deal to replace NAFTA amid impeachment
Getting the agreement through Congress would allow Trump to declare victory on a campaign promise ahead of the 2020 election. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_25/2898971/190617-citgo-jorge-toledo-family-cs-154p_ed52090524fa7c81607cfecffda1b113.jpg
Jailed Citgo execs now on house arrest can begin 'healing,' family of one says
“Overall, this is a huge benefit to their physical health and their mental state," after two years in a difficult situation, a relative tells NBC News. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141336/191210-us-couple-new-zealand-mc-1200_1f90362fb42ae6b3583c527d5253cb84.jpg
American couple on honeymoon in New Zealand severely burned by volcano
At least six people are confirmed dead and eight others who are missing are presumed dead after the eruption on White Island. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141841/191210-think-labour-corbyn-antisemitism-rally-se-1223p_332ff3dcd1c0e2e9b6c2ccd11dd00e3e.jpg
Why anti-Semitism on the British left got so bad, so fast
His leadership has unleashed previously unthinkable attitudes on the British left that won't easily dissipate, whoever becomes prime minister. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141791/191210-juice-wrld-cs-1153a_2edc666358ea10bded01bfa94b1dc576.jpg
Juice WRLD's death at 21 was as tragic as it was probably preventable
Like the deaths of Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison and Jones, the deaths of Juice, Peep and XXXTentacion are the product of a specific time and drug culture, as well as deeper social ills. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3140341/191209-ed-smart-se-238p_eb57a49ad672f7cd48d784f1061773d2.jpg
Ed Smart, dad of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, says there's no gay 'cure'
Smart, who became a household name after his daughter was kidnapped in 2002, said he tried for decades to suppress his sexuality. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3121501/191126-hurricane-dorian-al-1354_9f7c344c525c8bd170cda745917b03b7.jpg
'The most contentious area in the field': Scientists split on how climate change has affected hurricanes
While scientists say global warming is to blame for wetter storms, no consensus exists for such a link to storm strength. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/2339306/180223-rick-gates-1049a-rs_18990ef361d1ea36e6e3dd66d4fb11e9.JPG
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates should get probation, prosecutors say
Gates testified against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone. Both were convicted. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141851/191210-genaro-garcia-luna-cs-1228p_67a3342dd023b0c9995a605bd5700d5b.jpg
Former top Mexican cop charged with protecting El Chapo's cartel
Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing protection to the Sinaloa Cartel. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141666/191210-stories-of-the-year-2x1-al-1049_ab01ee732aa7c3e776ae293218ac590b.jpg
What do you think is the biggest story of the past decade?
We witnessed the rise of streaming services, influencers, podcasts — and the demise of free time itself (thanks to smartphones). ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141096/191209-christopher-brewster-obit-low-quality-template-2019-ac-1016p_0a8fd9b60a44fe4382a8e09a907e730e.jpg
Fatally wounded Texas officer may have been struck by vest-penetrating bullet
The disclosure came after Houston's police chief berated Republican senators and pro-gun advocates over the Violence Against Women Act. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141676/191210-jackub-jackson-hildreth-2x1-cs-1053a_ecd8ecb47cc0b7f6e0b40bffd4378ccd.jpg
Texas teen allegedly carved his name on girlfriend's forehead
The victim told San Antonio police that Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, attacked her because he was angry over her supposedly texting other men. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2018_15/2399081/161221-bill-belichick_89b3c4d35216e08f1924ada544c8d6f2.jpg
Patriots admit video crew violated league policy, say it was unintentional
The Patriots indicated the filming was done for content on the team’s website, independently of the team’s football operations, and that there was no intention of gaining a competitive advantage over the Bengals. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_48/3121211/191126-mike-espy-al-1239_c7099cb068414add299a2e020f0733aa.jpg
Mike Espy says he's better prepared for 2020 campaign
Analysis: “We have to create a coalition of black voters and white voters all over Mississippi who believe in vision of a more modern Mississippi.” ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141981/191210-chile-missing-plane-relatives-se-239p_ff808a20fb48c9680ad2805dc2be7c5d.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141956/191210-brian-kemp-cs-2229p_bed911d30f32af9ef952e9a99c2e7ede.jpghttps://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/2802386/190328-letitia-james-cs-201p_4b918239a3e4c21de936fb0abd09dd51.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141826/191210-thomas-modly-dover-se-1217p_c56dfb08ceb8c96f5a4a2481b0a6d1b6.jpghttps://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3141306/191210-us-embassy-denmark-mc-1034_c4f2bb8835788b03f317d24ad3460384.JPG