Construction on the world's first full-sized Titanic replica has started in China, a country with a well-documented fascination with the tale of the ill-fated ocean liner. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel being built by the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co. is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018 and will remain permanently docked as a tourist attraction in landlocked Sichuan province. Wuchang executives told a provincial newspaper that its liner will faithfully replicate the original Titanic, with a dining hall, theater, luxury first-class cabins and swimming pool.
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So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.
But if they defy next week's government deadline to abandon the camp, demonstrators know the real deep freeze lies ahead, when the full weight of the Great Plains winter descends on their community of nylon tents and teepees. Life-threatening wind chills and towering snow drifts could mean the greatest challenge is simple survival.
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U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed. Friday's report from the Labor Department reflected a resilient job market that is helping drive the U.S. economy. Job gains have averaged 180,000 a month this year — more than enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. The pace of hiring keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise short-term interest rates at its next meeting in less than two weeks.
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Some of Vice President-elect Mike Pence's new Washington neighbors are welcoming him to the area with gay pride flags.
Several people on Pence's new block have hung rainbow pride flags to show their displeasure about his positions on LGBT issues, NBC News reported.
Pence is living in the Chevy Chase neighborhood during the transition before he moves into the vice president's mansion on the grounds of the Naval Observatory next year.
LGBT activists have criticized Pence for a "religious-objections" law he signed as Indiana governor that they said could sanction discrimination against gay people.
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As Donald Trump held a victory lap touting a decision by Carrier to keep an Indianapolis plant open rather than move the facility to Mexico, workers at another of the company's Indiana plants said they are still losing their jobs.
Around 700 jobs will be lost when United Technologies Electronic Controls moves to Mexico sometime in 2018, workers told NBC News. CNBC confirmed Thursday that the company still plans to close the Huntington plant and move it to Mexico.
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Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online — not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.
Many experts say that Republicans who generally oppose regulation are likely to take charge at the Federal Communications Commission, the government's primary telecom regulator. That alone could mean the end of rules designed to protect privacy and individual choice on the internet. Those rules were enacted over the past several years under the Obama administration.
Under Trump, "the FCC will be a lot more focused on getting government out of the way," said Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom, a think tank that opposes much regulation. Phone and cable companies routinely protest that regulation lead them to invest less in their networks, harming their ability to deliver better service.
On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth.
Real news gets reported everywhere, he argued. Made-up stories are unique.
"The fake news is the good news," the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist. "A fake news article is way more opened than any other."
Players new to the majors won't be able to dip next year without risk of penalty, a provision under baseball's tentative five-year labor agreement reached late Wednesday. "I think the smokeless tobacco ban is both logical and I am thankful," Los Angeles Angels reliever Huston Street said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday night. "I understand choice, but choosing to die sooner is not one I support."
Tempers flared and political fault-lines were inflamed, as aides to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gathered for their first meeting since Election Day. Every four years since 1972, top presidential campaign aides have met for a polite discussion of the fierce battle they just waged. Not so this year. After an election that left the political world spiraling, this year's gathering at the Harvard University's Institute of Politics felt an awful lot like group therapy — or a knife fight. Stony-faced campaign aides heckled pollsters, jeered top media executives and traded shouted charges of racism, sexism and fear-mongering.
Players of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team who did not travel on the ill-fated flight that crashed Monday are suddenly left to mourn their teammates, NBC News reported.
“I still have the chance to hug and kiss my children, but my teammates can’t do that anymore,” said Chapecoense defender Demerson Costa.
One player, Matheus Saroli, didn’t board the flight because he forgot his passport. He lost his father, Coach Caio Junior, who was on board.
The crash killed 71 people, including 19 people from the soccer team. The pilot reportedly told a Colombian air traffic controller he had run out of fuel just moments before the plane crashed into the Andes Mountains.
Recovered bodies are expected to be returned to families on Friday and Saturday.
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The Massachusetts college that drew nationwide criticism when it stopped flying the U.S. flag on campus following the presidential election says Old Glory is back up. Hampshire College in Amherst returned the flag to full staff on Friday. The flag was lowered to half-staff after the Nov. 8 election. The flag was found burned on Veterans Day and the college decided to take down all campus flags on Nov. 18.
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A New York City-bound flight returned to Honolulu after a passenger who had been drinking allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, her children, passengers and crewmembers, the FBI said. According to an FBI affidavit, James August allegedly slapped a female flight attendant's shoulder and threatened his girlfriend. The captain of Tuesday's Hawaiian Airlines Flight No. 50 decided to turn the plane around for the safety of occupants, the court document said.
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