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2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

Heat reccord set in 2016Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out in the past three years.

The reports injected a mix of gloom and hope at U.N. climate talks in Marrakech this week.

"Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016," said Petteri Taalas, the head of the World Meteorological Organization.


RNC Chief Reince Priebus named Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Stephen Bannon named chief strategist and senior counselor

PriebusDonald Trump’s cabinet began taking shape Sunday night, with the President-elect’s transition team tapping Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Trump campaign chief Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

In a statement, Trump’s transition team dubbed Priebus and Bannon an “effective leadership team” who will work “as equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive.”


Justice Ginsburg shines in opera debut (really)

Justice Ginsburg opera debutYou didn't have to watch "Saturday Night Live" last night to be convinced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can survive the Age of Trump.

There she was on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, playing the Duchess of Krakenthorp in "The Daughter of the Regiment," her Washington National Opera debut at age 83.


Alex Baer: Day Three: 'Very Unfair'

Day ThreeYes, I know:  I keep waking up in TrumpWorld, too.  The thought clicks into place about two seconds after my eyes open and consciousness dawns.  Dazed and confused.  Then, the cringing and wincing begins all over again...

My blood pressure goes up 40 points envisioning his clan in the national living room, rummaging around in the country's secrets and cupboards and treasure chests, looking for self-fulfillment, self-aggrandizement, and various wealth-building angles to play.  We have 243 million adults living in this country, give or take.  THIS is the best we can do? REALLY?!


U.S. protesters plan fifth day of marches against Trump presidency

Protests againy TrumpDemonstrators across the United States planned to take to the streets for a fifth straight day on Sunday to protest the election of Donald Trump, as the president-elect sparred on social media with one of the nation's largest newspapers.

Protests were scheduled for Sunday afternoon in New York City and Oakland, California, according to online announcements.


52 dead in Pakistani shrine bombing

Pakoistani bomb at mosqueAt least 52 people are dead and some 100 were injured when a bomb detonated at a popular shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan province, officials said.

The bombing took place at the Shah Noorani shrine, located outside Karachi, where worshippers had gathered in honor of a local saint.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.


Judge orders water bottles delivered to Flint, Mich., homes

Flint water plantA federal judge ordered Flint, Mich., leaders to provide home delivery of bottled water to households that have not been properly fitted with water filters to protect against further lead contamination.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson said city and state governments must provide at least four cases of water per person every week as a way to help those who cannot pick up supplies from distribution sites located throughout the city. Lawson said residents must be given the home-delivery option unless the government can prove the home has a well-installed and maintained water filter or if the household declines the water.


Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits northwestern Argentina

Argentina earthquakeA large earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck northwestern Argentina, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck just after 8am local time and was centered about 16 miles (26km) north of the community of Chilecito in La Rioja province, near the border with Chile.

The quake had a depth of around 62 miles (100km).


Iraqi army says Nimrud captured from ISIL

Nimrud captured from ISILIraqi soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) two years ago, a military statement said on Sunday.

"Troops from the Ninth Armoured Division liberated Nimrud town completely and raised the Iraqi flag above its buildings," the statement said.

The town of Nimrud lies 1 km west of the ruins of the 3,000-year-old city.


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