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Tennessee inmate must choose lethal injection, electric chair

© The Associated Press FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows inmate David Earl Miller in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee death row inmate Miller faces a Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2018, deadline to inform prison officials whether he wants to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution. Miller is scheduled to die on Dec. 6 for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller faces a Tuesday afternoon deadline to inform prison officials whether he wants to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution. Miller is scheduled to die on Dec. 6 for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville. Lethal inj...

Embattled Hyde-Smith posted photo of herself in confederate hat

© Sarah Warnock/The Clarion-Ledger via AP Several companies, including Walmart, requested that their donations to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign be refunded because of her “public hanging” comment, which she said was made in jest. Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith posed for a photo wearing a confederate soldier’s hat and holding a rifle in a Facebook post that surfaced on Tuesday. Hyde-Smith took the photo during a 2014 visit to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library. “Mississippi history at its best!” Hyde-Smith exclaimed. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and his former estate now includes a library and museum in his honor. “I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Librar...

CDC warns against eating romaine lettuce after E. Coli outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now warned U.S. and Canadian consumers not to eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. “CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available,” the agency said in a press release. Thirteen people were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure, specifically hemolytic uremic syndrome, the agency said, adding that no deaths have been reported. In Canada, the Public Health Agency has identified 18 people infected with the same DNA fingerpri...

Trump defends Saudi denials in Khashoggi murder, says relationship most important

In an extraordinary statement, President Trump on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia in the face of mounting pressure over the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He then doubled down on his statement to reporters Tuesday afternoon as left the White House to travel to Florida. “It’s a complex issue, it’s a shame, but it is what it is,” Trump said. “It is America first to me, it is all about America first.” “I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia,” he went on. “Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on tha...

Democrats intend to probe Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email in next Congress

Amid reports that first daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump exchanged hundreds of official government business emails using a personal email account, top Democrats on Capitol Hill “want to know if Ivanka complied with the law” and in the next Congress plan to continue their investigation of the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act. Trump’s reported use of a personal email account to conduct official government business, first confirmed by the Washington Post, creates an awkward dynamic in the West Wing. Her father’s presidential campaign heavily criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server account during her tenure as Secretary of State. On Tuesday, the president defended his daughter’s private email use telling reporters that h...

Multiple fatalities in New Jersey mansion fire: Officials

There have been multiple fatalities at a house fire in Colts Neck, New Jersey, officials said Tuesday. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a tweet it “is on scene at a fire in Colts Neck with multiple fatalities. Firefighters still working on fire. Stay tuned for more details.” Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at a mansion on Willow Brook Road in Colts Neck around 1:30 p.m., ABC-owned station WABC reported. The prosecutor’s office is investigating this fire along with another fire at 27 Tilton Drive in Ocean Township that occurred at around 5:20 p.m. this morning, Ocean Township police and the prosecutor’s office told ABC News. The home in Ocean Township is owned by a relative of the registered owner of the house in Colts Neck, authoriti...

Missing teacher found shot to death on dirt road, Mexican officials say

A North Carolina teacher who disappeared in Mexico last month has been found shot to death on a dirt road, according to Mexican officials. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, never returned after leaving his hotel in Urique, a municipality in Mexico’s northwestern state of Chihuahua, on Oct. 28, the hotel owner told his parents, according to a Facebook post his father wrote on an alumni page for Braxton-Andrew’s alma mater, Davidson College. Braxton-Andrew’s body was found about a mile away from the road leading to the village of Guapalayna to Las Lajas in Urique, according to a press release by the Chihuahua state government. The area had already been searched, so officials believe his body was placed there. His body had traces of reddish dirt and pine leaves, but had been place...

Brock Lesnar’s UFC Paycheck Is Key to Cormier Fight, Says Paul Heyman

Brock Lesnar UFC Paycheck Is Key to Cormier Fight … Says Paul Heyman 11/20/2018 10:57 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Brock Lesnar‘s personal “advocate,” Paul Heyman, tells TMZ Sports … the only real thing standing in the way of a UFC fight with Daniel Cormier is the size of his paycheck.  Of course, Brock and DC have been unofficially promoting a fight for months — but there’s no deal in place and Dana White recently told us Cormier’s team wants him to retire now.  So, when we saw Heyman — Lesnar’s right-hand man — we asked what it’s gonna take to make the fight happen.  “As long as Daniel Cormier has the balls to step into the Octagon and put his title up against Brock Lesnar, and UFC comes up with the money for Brock Lesnar,...

Shaquille O’Neal Reveals Amazing Reason He Created ‘Shaq-A-Claus’

Shaquille O’Neal The ‘Shaq-A-Claus’ Origin Story Will Melt Your Cold, Cold Heart 11/20/2018 11:45 AM PST EXCLUSIVE For the 26th year in a row, Shaq-A-Claus is coming to town — giving out thousands of toys to kids in need — and the Big Fella’s reason for launching the program is DEFINITELY gonna give you the feels.  Shaquille O’Neal joined the guys on “TMZ Live” and explained how he started his Shaq-A-Claus initiative back in 1992 after someone very special to him asked to borrow money to buy gifts for underprivileged kids.  The NBA legend was so moved, he opened up his bank account — and got a moving truck (he doesn’t really fit in your standard sleigh) — and brought Christmas gifts to kids with nothing under the tree....

Markets drop as tech slowdown fears grow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US stock market traders watch share prices fall A sell-off on Wall Street continued on Tuesday, amid steep declines in oil prices and losses among technology shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by nearly 600 points, while the broader S&P 500 sank into negative territory for the year to date. The tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell to its lowest level since April, with shares in Apple down another 3% to $180. Meanwhile, benchmark oil prices sank nearly 7%, close one-year lows. Apec: A family feud with no end in sight A quick guide to the US-China trade war Connor Campbell at Spreadex described the sell-off as a “macro-car crash, with Brexit fears, the post-Apec pre-G20 US-China trade war flare-up and the continuation of a nasty US tech...

Trump defends Saudi Arabia ties despite Khashoggi murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy do Trump’s Saudi job numbers keep growing? US President Donald Trump has strongly defended ties with Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The kingdom is a “steadfast partner” that has agreed to invest “a record amount of money” in the US, Mr Trump said in a statement. The president acknowledged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “could very well” have known about Khashoggi’s murder. “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he added. Mr Khashoggi was murdered on 2 October on a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on rogue agents but denied claims th...

For 76 years, Santa Train has delivered Christmas to Appalachia

It was pitch black outside as the old rail cars jolted to life with a groan. Then another jolt and a subtle and quickening clack, clack, clack as the Santa Train left the Shelby Yard in Pike County. It was 5:50 a.m.  Over the next nine hours, the train would wind its way 110 miles through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia, and into Eastern Tennessee, making stops at coal towns and crossroads to give out toys, food, school supplies and coats. Mary Hughett came from Bristol, Virginia, with her 2-year-old son Aiden, and followed the train, stop after stop, from Shelbiana, in Pike County, Kentucky, to Dungannon, in Scott County, Virginia, collecting gifts along the way.  “This has been the worst year,” said Hughett, a single mother who has struggled to pay bill...