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NYC officials petition feds to pay $1M daily Trump security costs

NYC asks for fed payment of security costsCiting an "extraordinary financial burden,'' two New York City officials are calling on the federal government to pay the cost of securing President-elect Donald Trump's family and home inside the Manhattan skyscraper that bears the incoming president's name.

Melissa Mark Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, and Councilman Dan Garodnick are petitioning the government to cover the estimated $1 million per day cost to secure Trump Tower, while the president-elect and family members are in residence there.

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Walmart agrees to $7.5 million settlement in same-sex spouse discrimination suit

Walmart settles suitWalmart announced a settlement in a lawsuit accusing the company of denying same-sex spouses health insurance benefits.

Walmart agreed to pay $7.5 million to compensate more than 1,000 potentially eligible employees whose spouses were denied spousal benefits between 2011 and 2013 before the company changed its policy on Jan. 1 2014 when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the New York Times reported.

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Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Bergdahl asks for pardonA former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

White House and Justice Department officials say U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April. He faces charges carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Oakland fire: Nine die during California club night

Oakland fireAt least nine people have died in a fire during a club night near San Francisco, authorities say.

The fire started at 23:30 local time on Friday (07:30 GMT Saturday) in Oakland, police told the BBC.

The venue was hosting a concert by electronic group Golden Donna. The event's Facebook page indicates a number of people are missing.

Local broadcasters said some 13 other people were missing. The KTVU network said about 50 people were inside.

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Trump super PACs file federal lawsuit to block WI recount

Trump's Super PAC tries to block WI recountA pair of pro-Trump super PACs have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to halt the vote recount in Wisconsin.

Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC, and a Wisconsin voter claim the recount requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein violates the due process rights of Donald Trump voters in the state.

They also say the limited timeline is likely to result in counting errors. Wisconsin officials have until Dec. 13 to complete the recount.  Efforts are underway in other recount states to block Stein’s request.

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U.S. veterans build barracks for pipeline protesters in cold

US veterans build barracks for protestersU.S. military veterans were building barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation.

Veterans volunteering to be human shields have been arriving at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the small town of Cannon Ball, where they will work with protesters who have spent months demonstrating against plans to route the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, organizers said.

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Trump's education pick says reform can 'advance God's Kingdom'

Betsy DevosThe billionaire philanthropist whom Donald Trump has tapped to lead the Education Department once compared her work in education reform to a Biblical battleground where she wants to "advance God's Kingdom"

Trump’s pick, Betsy DeVos, a national leader of the school choice movement, has pursued that work in large part by spending millions to promote the use of taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools.

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Trump Breaks Protocol, Calls Taiwan

Trump calls TaiwanPresident-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan by phone on Friday, in a move likely to infuriate Beijing and hinder US-China relations.

"President-elect Trump spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who offered her congratulations," according to a readout of the call released by Trump's transition team.

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Hawaii's forecast: Icy and dangerous conditions. No, really.

winter in HawaiiForget the swimsuits for Hawaii and pack raincoats and winter parkas.

The National Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning until 6 p.m. Saturday local time, with heavy, flooding rainfall across the chain of Pacific islands and up to 30 inches of snow on the peaks of the Big Island.

Drifting snow, freezing fog and gusting wind are forecast for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes above 11,000 feet. Visibility could be less than a quarter-mile, making driving and hiking dangerous.

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