Archive for December, 2016

Trump bids a blockbuster 2016 farewell


Palm Beach, Florida President-elect Donald Trump will say goodbye to 2016 alongside 800 advantageous guests at his Mar-a-Lago acreage Saturday, amidst by an admission of white and blooming flowers in his massive ballroom.The anniversary Mar-a-Lago New Year s Eve, which wife Melania and son Barron will additionally attend, is a highlight on the clandestine club s amusing calendar, associates say. One adumbrated that prices ambit from $525 for associates to $575 for members guests — in bandage with admission prices in accomplished years.The accident is awash out, according to Trump s admission White House columnist secretary, Sean Spicer. He said the back-bite would activate with affair in the mansion s active room, afterward by banquet and dancing in the Grand Ballroom.Trump himself added the amphitheater assimilate Mar-a-Lago afterwards purchasing the acreage in 1985. The adorned amplitude holds abundant anniversary fundraisers during the Palm Beach amusing season.Transition admiral accept downplayed the advancement that purchasing tickets to Saturday s accident may be affiliated to affairs admission to the President-elect, acquainted the New Year s Eve affair is an anniversary accident at the club that consistently sells out.For Saturday s event, florists and designers affected a sophisticated and elegant arrangement that incorporates 8,000 flowers on tables and overhead. A lot of crystal, a lot of gold, a lot of candles, Steve Levine, the business administrator for Jose Gratrol Designs, said of the party s decor. He said the Miami-based adornment aggregation was planning a special analysis with white anniversary garlands over the brawl floor. He said his aggregation submits its affairs to Mar-a-Lago s administrator of catering, who again presents them to Melania and Donald Trump for approval.The aforementioned close provided adornment for the accomplished two New Years Eve parties at the estate, and Levine said this year s adornment is forth the aforementioned lines, admitting defined they never echo any adornment identically.The bandage for the evening: Affair on the Moon, whose website hails the accumulation as America s #1 Corporate and Clandestine Affair Band. In a announcement on the website, bandleader Dennis Smith said Affair on the Moon had performed at an countdown brawl for President Barack Obama and would be accustomed to do the aforementioned for Trump. If I get the alarm to accomplish for President-Elect Trump, we will be there. If Hillary Clinton gave us the call, we would be there, Smith wrote. My activity as an artisan has annihilation to do with my political choices. In accomplished years, celebrities like Vanessa Williams, Regis Philbin and Rod Stewart accept abounding the party, according to the Palm Beach Post. At Mar-a-Lago Friday, Italian-American archetypal Fabio was spotted entering the club.Spicer said Friday that notable guests accessory this year included Sylvester Stallone and Quincy Jones. However, Jones tweeted that he would be in Los Angeles for the holiday: Looking advanced to spending New Year s Eve & the accomplished weekend w/my kids, & accompany in LA. Be safe yawl & accept a Happy New Year. Mar-a-Lago, a sprawling Italianate acreage with fountains, pools and a croquet lawn, was originally advised by its architect to serve as a Winter White House, admitting it has never acted in that accommodation until now.Trump has relished the blowing of the estate, summoning abeyant Cabinet picks for affairs there at the aforementioned time approved associates drag through the august active and dining rooms.The club has maintained its agenda of events, including anniversary anniversary dinners. At Trump s abode ambience on Christmas Eve: a nameplate account Mr. President. s Kevin Bohn and Eric Fiegel contributed to this report.

Walt Disney Bambi artist dies at 106


Tyrus Wong, best accepted for his sketches for the Walt Disney activated affection Bambi, died Friday, according to a account appear by The Walt Disney Ancestors Museum.Wong was 106. Legendary Disney artisan Tyrus Wong had a allowance for evoking absurd activity in his art with simple, gestural composition, the account said. Wong s evocative sketches of deer in a backwoods captured the absorption of Walt Disney and became the base for the beheld appearance of the affection blur Bambi. His assignment has connected to affect and access the arch animators of today, the account said. Though alive at Disney Studios from alone 1938 to 1941, in 2001, he was called a Disney Legend. Wong went on to assignment for Warner Brothers as a abstraction and adventure artisan for 26 years and retired in 1968. Tyrus active spirit will be missed, the account said. Our condolences are with his ancestors and accompany at this time.

Man suspected of killing Pennsylvania state trooper is dead


Pennsylvania accompaniment badge appear Saturday that that the man doubtable of fatally cutting a accompaniment trooper is dead.Troopers appear the afterlife of Jason Robison, 32, via Twitter. No added capacity were anon released.Trooper Landon Weaver was dead Friday black during an adventure that took abode at a home in Huntingdon County, amid in axial Pennsylvania.On its Facebook page, Pennsylvania Accompaniment Badge said Weaver was tragically attempt and dead while investigating a domestic-related incident. Weaver enlisted as a accompaniment trooper in December of 2015 and is the 97th affiliate of the Pennsylvania Accompaniment Badge to be dead in the band of duty, the accompaniment police s Facebook folio said. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf offered his condolences in a account appear Friday. Landon will consistently be remembered for his bravery, his sacrifice, and his alertness to serve, Gov. Wolf said. s Steve Visser, Joe Sterling and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

Brazil police: Greek ambassador killed by wife s lover


Badge argue Greece s agent to Brazil was dead by his wife s lover — a aggressive badge administrator — and the added is actuality questioned in the crime, Brazil s state-run Agencia Brasil Account bureau appear Saturday.Chief Evaristo Pontes, a badge investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, said Friday that Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho claimed he dead the agent in aegis and again recruited his accessory to advice actuate of the body, Agencia Brasil Account reported. Agent Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing back Monday, Pontes said. A austere car with Amiridis broiled anatomy central was begin in Nova Iguaçu, a boondocks alfresco Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday, he said. He (Moreira) says he got into a concrete action with the ambassador, and he had no best added than to hit the agent and annihilate him, Pontes said. He says he was in agony and didn t apperceive what to do, accustomed what had happened, so he asked a accessory for advice and they went to accomplish the ambassador s anatomy disappear. Besides Moreira, the ambassador s widow, Francoise De Souza Oliveira, and the officer s cousin, Eduardo Moreira de Melo, are additionally actuality questioned, Pontes said. Pontes said board anticipate the ambassador s wife ordered the killing, Pontes said. No accuse accept been filed. She alone told us that her lover — let s alarm him that — the aggressive policeman, was the columnist of the crime, accomplished this abomination adjoin her husband, Pontes said. She denies demography part. Agencia Brasil appear the administrator dead Amiridis central the ambassador s home in Nova Iguaçu. The administrator and his accessory captivated the anatomy in carpeting and put it central a car, Agencia Brasil reported.Pontes said the accessory told badge Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho offered to pay him 80,000 reals (about $24,574) 30 canicule afterwards the crime, a aeon afterwards which they anticipation there wouldn t be any added problems. All are beneath acting arrest for 30 canicule for the ambassador s death, Pontes said. As we said before, this was a tragic, afraid act. Amiridis had lived in Brasilia, the capital, back actuality appointed agent in January but usually spent holidays in the abode alfresco Rio, area he was consul-general from 2001 to 2004, Agencia Brasil said.The account bureau said Francoise De Souza Oliveira was Brazilian.Speaking to reporters alfresco the badge station, Francisco Oliveira, the widow s brother, said the brace did not fight, appear Agence France-Presse (AFP). For me it s like a dream, said Rosangela Oliveira, her mother. I ll deathwatch up and annihilation will accept happened. Brazilian President Michel Temer s appointment issued this statement: In this moment of affliction and sorrow, I offer, on account of the Brazilians, my condolences and adherence to the government and bodies of Greece, in accurate to the families and bodies abutting to Agent Amiridis. The account says Brazilian authorities will investigate the adventure thoroughly. The Brazilian government reaffirms its alertness to coact actively with the Greek side, as it has done from the beginning, the account said.Greece s Foreign Ministry issued a account cogent its deepest sorrow at the afterlife of Amiridis. The backward agent served at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the EU, at the General Consulates in Rio de Janeiro and Rotterdam and at the Greek Embassy in Belgrade during the aboriginal appearance of the war in Yugoslavia, the account said. en Español s Francho Baron in Rio de Janeiro and s Vasco Cotovio contributed to this report.

Trump casts hacking doubts again


West Palm Beach, Florida President-elect Donald Trump common his doubts Saturday that Russia was abaft cyber-meddling in the US election, adage such a abomination would be difficult to prove.Speaking to reporters advanced of an 800-person New Years Eve back-bite at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a tuxedoed Trump referenced bootless intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq war as a acumen for skepticism. I aloof appetite them to be sure, because it s a appealing austere charge, and I appetite them to be sure, Trump said. And if you attending at the weapons of accumulation destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I appetite them to be sure. I anticipate it s arbitrary if they don t know. And I apperceive a lot about hacking. And hacking is a actual adamantine affair to prove. Trump has again casting abreast a US intelligence appraisal appear in aboriginal October that Moscow was abaft the hacking. Afterwards President Barack Obama appear new sanctions on Russia this week, Trump said he would argue with intelligence agencies in the advancing canicule to be adapted on the situation.Trump has already accustomed classified intelligence briefings on the matter, however, and has accurate apprehension at the intelligence community s award that Russia was amenable for the attack. He s additionally accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him acute this anniversary for denial alternate sanctions on the US.Trump s attitude has put him at allowance with best aldermanic Republicans, who accept argued for a tougher attitude on Russia. Sen. John McCain, the Republican administrator of the Armed Services Committee, will assemble a audition on cyber threats Thursday.At Mar-a-Lago Saturday, Trump maintained that addition culprit abreast from Russia could accept been abaft the acclamation intrusion. It could be somebody else. And I additionally apperceive things that added bodies don t know, and so they cannot be abiding of the situation, he said.Asked to call what bearding advice he knew, Trump said, You ll acquisition out on Tuesday or Wednesday. Trump s intelligence conference will acceptable booty abode midweek.Trump, who is appointed to acknowledgment to New York Sunday afterwards two weeks at his Palm Beach mansion, bidding abysmal misgivings about technology during his abrupt barter with reporters positioned alfresco his Grand Ballroom. If you accept article absolutely important, address it out and accept it delivered by courier, the old ancient way because I ll acquaint you what, no computer is safe, he said. I don t affliction what they say, no computer is safe.

It s a rematch: Alabama Clemson advance to national title game


Atlanta This season s Academy Football Playoff centers on one simple question: Can anyone stop Alabama?Because if it s not bright by now, it should be: The civic championship is the Crimson Tide s to lose.No. 1 Alabama is aback in the civic championship bold for the additional year in a row, acceptable the Peach Basin semifinal 24-7 adjoin No. 4 Washington at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.The Crimson Tide s abutting adversary is a accustomed one. No. 2 Clemson, who absent to Alabama 45-40 in the appellation bold aftermost season, pummeled No. 3 Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Basin semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to set up a civic championship rematch.The arresting civic champion, Alabama (14-0) has won four of the accomplished seven titles and is advantaged again.On Saturday, Alabama s aegis able that it s the nation s best, capacity the Huskies high-octane breach and scoring a arresting touchdown off an interception. I anticipate our aegis did a absolutely acceptable job adjoin their explosive, big comedy receivers and breach that they have, and I m aloof absolutely admiring with the way we played calm as a team, Alabama arch drillmaster Nick Saban said.Washington, in the Academy Football Playoff for the aboriginal time, ends its division at 12-2.Clemson (13-1), meanwhile, asserted its will adjoin Ohio State (11-2). Quarterback Deshaun Watson, a backstab Heisman Trophy finalist who accomplished additional in the voting this season, accounted for three of the Tigers touchdowns.Alabama aegis the greatest ever?Alabama s ascendancy this division starts with defense, and the Crimson Tide avowal the nation s best, advancing into the Peach Basin arch the country in absolute defense, hasty defense, scoring aegis and arresting touchdowns.In fact, the Tide s aegis has denticulate about as abounding touchdowns this division (11) as it has accustomed (15).One of those arresting array came Saturday, aback Alabama chief linebacker Ryan Anderson best off Washington green quarterback Jake Browning and took it aback 26 yards for the touchdown. That fabricated it a 17-7 Crimson Tide advance with 1:13 larboard in the additional quarter.Anderson was called Peach Basin arresting MVP.Additionally, a affected bollix backward in the aboriginal division by Alabama inferior arresting aback Anthony Averett led to a 41-yard acreage ambition for Adam Griffith.The Pac-12-champion Huskies entered the Peach Basin fourth in the nation in scoring breach with 44.5 credibility per game. But abreast from a 16-yard touchdown canyon from Browning to inferior advanced receiver Dante Pettis with 8:01 larboard in the aboriginal quarter, which gave the Huskies at 7-0 lead, Washington couldn t aggregation much.Following that score, Washington didn t booty a breeze in Alabama area until there was 1:46 larboard in the game. The Huskies accomplished with a season-low 194 absolute yards. It was black we didn t move the brawl better, Washington arch drillmaster Chris Petersen said. We ve advised every breeze that they ve had this year, and the band doesn t lie aback you watch that abundant tape. I mean, that s as acceptable a aegis as there is out there in academy football, and they played like it. It was a brief lead. Alabama answered Washington s account on the afterward drive with an 18-yard touchdown blitz from green active aback Bo Scarbrough with 5:01 larboard in the aperture period.Scarbrough additionally denticulate on a 68-yard run with 11:56 larboard in the fourth quarter, putting the bold durably out of reach.It was a career day for Scarbrough. He accomplished with 180 yards — an Alabama basin almanac — and two touchdowns. He was called abhorrent MVP. You guys apperceive me, Saban said. Whoever is hot, that s who s activity to get the ball. And he s been hot lately, and he s activity to get the ball. Alabama, which has been ranked No. 1 back the alpha of the season, is authoritative the case for actuality the greatest aggregation of all time, and now it needs to win aloof one added bold to cap off a absolute season.Since September 2015, Alabama has won 26 after games. It additionally has won the accomplished three Southeastern Conference championships.

3 dead in Texas plane crash collision


Two baby planes collided in Texas on Saturday, killing at atomic three people, the McKinney Police Department tweeted from its absolute account.The planes collided in the air abreast Aero County Airport and came bottomward in advanced of a Home Depot in McKinney, Federal Aviation Administration agent Lynn Lunsford told .The adventure occurred anon afterwards 5:30 p.m. bounded time. The aircraft were aerial beneath beheld flight rules and were not in acquaintance with air cartage control, Lunsford said.McKinney is amid abreast Dallas.

Latino leaders ask: When will Trump reach out to Hispanics?


Washington Latino leaders about the country say they appetite to accumulate an accessible apperception about Donald Trump s presidency, but beneath than one ages afore Inauguration Day, abounding are aghast he has not done added to ability out to them.Since his election, Trump has sat bottomward with the brand of tech industry tycoons, football heroes and alike Kanye West. But Latino leaders say there s an burning charge for Trump to appoint with the Hispanic association afterward a abstraction attack in which he agonizingly singled out Mexican immigrants and alleged for boxy clearing laws. The President-elect has not met with Latino alignment leaders in any official accommodation back acceptable the election, based on a analysis of his accessible affair schedule.It s a apparent boycott because Trump s attack rhetoric. He opened his White House bid in June 2015 by infamously labeling some Mexican immigrants as rapists and accusing them of bringing drugs and abomination into the US. He additionally apprenticed to body a bank forth the US-Mexico border, end affirmation citizenship and deport all of the estimated 11 actor undocumented immigrants in the country, admitting he has back backed abroad from several of those stances. It is unacceptable that he has yet to body a accord with Latino and Muslim communities that he has targeted the best throughout his campaign, said Hector Sanchez, the administrator of the Civic Hispanic Leadership Agenda. Communities that are now adversity because of the things he said. Brent Wilkes, the civic controlling administrator of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Hispanic civilian rights alignment in the US, said that it is aberrant that the alignment has still not heard from the President-elect. We accept consistently had Democratic and Republican presidents allege to us. Him not speaking to the Latino association is adding this country, Wilkes said.Asked about whether Trump affairs on extensive out to the Hispanic community, Hope Hicks, a alteration spokeswoman, said Trump will be a admiral for all Americans and will abide to ability out to specific groups and individuals as his Cabinet takes appearance and he begins to assassinate affairs for his aboriginal 100 canicule in office. But Wilkes said a abridgement of Latino representation in Trump s Cabinet is addition affair that apropos the Hispanic community. As it currently stands, with all but two of his Cabinet picks made, Trump could be the aboriginal admiral in added than 24 years to not accept addition of Latino ancestry serve in his Cabinet.LULAC says the Trump alteration aggregation has not alternate its buzz calls. Michael Cohen, a top adviser to Trump admitting he is not a affiliate of the alteration team, told that it s accessible LULAC didn t ability the appropriate bodies central the transition, and were they to acquaintance him, he would acknowledgment their calls. Cohen additionally insisted that Trump s alteration aggregation is authoritative an accomplishment to ability out to Hispanic groups, but he was clumsy to accommodate advice on which groups the alteration aggregation has met with. He additionally said Trump has approaching affairs to ability out to the Latino community, but he did not accommodate details. President-elect Trump doesn t balloon the groups that came out to abutment him, Cohen said. And he does accept affairs to allege to the Latino association already he clearly becomes president. Javier Palomarez, the admiral and CEO of United States Hispanic Alcove of Commerce — which accustomed Trump s opponent, Hillary Clinton, over the summer — said he speaks circadian with Cohen. He accustomed that the alcove might not accede on everything with Trump but has a aggregate pale in growing the US economy.And there were a scattering of Latinos present for a November 20 affair in which Republican admiral and what NBC Account referred to as Trump insiders sat bottomward in Washington with leaders from African-American, Latino, Asian and Native American organizations.But Janet Murguía, the admiral and CEO of the Civic Council of La Raza, the nation s better Latino advancement organization, said at a account appointment in backward November that Trump needs to reassure, or at the actual least, abode the fears of the communities of which he will now be president. She added: President-elect Trump, we charge you to assure and avert all Americans and adjudge the abandon and abhorrence actuality committed in your name. Asked about ancestral tensions in the deathwatch of his election, Trump told CBS Account he was so saddened to apprehend about threats and slurs hurled by some of his supporters adjoin minorities. If it helps, I will say this, and I will say appropriate to the cameras: Stop it, Trump told CBS 60 Minutes. But there s added the President-elect can do to alleviate the country and assure afraid Latinos about their abode in Trump s America, Sanchez said. I am still acquisitive one day that we will accept an accessible chat with the President-elect, he said. We charge to accomplish abiding that our choir are still heard and not abandoned in this new administration. s Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

Trump wishes Happy New Year to my many enemies


President-elect Donald Trump is not absolutely accessible to let auld acquaintances be forgot.The admission President admired a blessed new year Saturday morning to all — including his many enemies. Happy New Year to all, including to my abounding enemies and those who accept fought me and absent so abominably they aloof don t apperceive what to do. Love, Trump tweeted. Trump has connected to criticize opponents and the media during his transition, and has been at allowance with the Obama administering over its acceptance that Russia meddled in the 2016 acclamation to aid his campaign.The President-elect has spent the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago acreage in Florida.

Alabama dominates Washington advances to national title game


Atlanta This season s Academy Football Playoff centers on one simple question: Can anyone stop Alabama?Because if it s not bright by now, it should be: The civic championship is the Crimson Tide s to lose.No. 1 Alabama is aback in the civic championship bold for the additional year in a row, acceptable the Peach Basin semifinal 24-7 adjoin No. 4 Washington at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.The Crimson Tide s abutting adversary will be either No. 2 Clemson (12-1) or No. 3 Ohio State (11-1); those two teams are squaring off in the Fiesta Basin semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.The arresting civic champion, Alabama (14-0) has won four of the accomplished seven titles and is advantaged again.On Saturday, Alabama s aegis able that it s the nation s best, capacity the Huskies high-octane breach and scoring a arresting touchdown off an interception. I anticipate our aegis did a absolutely acceptable job adjoin their explosive, big comedy receivers and breach that they have, and I m aloof absolutely admiring with the way we played calm as a team, Alabama arch drillmaster Nick Saban said.Washington, in the Academy Football Playoff for the aboriginal time, ends its division at 12-2.Alabama aegis the greatest ever?Alabama s ascendancy this division starts with defense, and the Crimson Tide avowal the nation s best, advancing into the Peach Basin arch the country in absolute defense, hasty defense, scoring aegis and arresting touchdowns.In fact, the Tide s aegis has denticulate about as abounding touchdowns this division (11) as it has accustomed (15).One of those arresting array came Saturday, aback Alabama chief linebacker Ryan Anderson best off Washington green quarterback Jake Browning and took it aback 26 yards for the touchdown. That fabricated it a 17-7 Crimson Tide advance with 1:13 larboard in the additional quarter.Anderson was called Peach Basin arresting MVP.Additionally, a affected bollix backward in the aboriginal division by Alabama inferior arresting aback Anthony Averett led to a 41-yard acreage ambition for Adam Griffith.The Pac-12-champion Huskies entered the Peach Basin fourth in the nation in scoring breach with 44.5 credibility per game. But abreast from a 16-yard touchdown canyon from Browning to inferior advanced receiver Dante Pettis with 8:01 larboard in the aboriginal quarter, which gave the Huskies at 7-0 lead, Washington couldn t aggregation much.Following that score, Washington didn t booty a breeze in Alabama area until there was 1:46 larboard in the game. The Huskies accomplished with a season-low 194 absolute yards. It was black we didn t move the brawl better, Washington arch drillmaster Chris Petersen said. We ve advised every breeze that they ve had this year, and the band doesn t lie aback you watch that abundant tape. I mean, that s as acceptable a aegis as there is out there in academy football, and they played like it. It was a brief lead. Alabama answered Washington s account on the afterward drive with an 18-yard touchdown blitz from green active aback Bo Scarbrough with 5:01 larboard in the aperture period.Scarbrough additionally denticulate on a 68-yard run with 11:56 larboard in the fourth quarter, putting the bold durably out of reach.It was a career day for Scarbrough. He accomplished with 180 yards — an Alabama basin almanac — and two touchdowns. He was called abhorrent MVP. You guys apperceive me, Saban said. Whoever is hot, that s who s activity to get the ball. And he s been hot lately, and he s activity to get the ball. Alabama, which has been ranked No. 1 back the alpha of the season, is authoritative the case for actuality the greatest aggregation of all time, and now it needs to win aloof one added bold to cap off a absolute season.Since September 2015, Alabama has won 26 after games. It additionally has won the accomplished three Southeastern Conference championships.