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  • More than 200 people sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise

    More than 200 people became sick and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month.

    Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship returned to Sydney on Dec. 7 at the end of a 14-night cruise that departed Singapore on Nov. 23. "Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated...


  • What's in the GOP's final tax plan

    Well, that was fast.

    Just six weeks after lawmakers and the public got their first glimpse of the first draft of a tax overhaul bill, Republicans on Friday released their final version. They aim to pass it next week and send it to President Trump for his signature.

    The final bill still leans heavily toward tax cuts for corporations and business owners. But it also expands or restores some tax benefits for individuals relative to the earlier bills passed by the House and Senate.

    The individual...


  • Ellington and Johnson score 16 each in Heat win vs. Hornets

    Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points each and Miami held off a late rally for a 104-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

    It was Miami's 24th win in its past 30 games against Charlotte, which opened a stretch of six of seven home games with a loss. Johnson and Ellington combined for 10-of-16 shooting on 3-pointers.

    Ellington was the game's only double-digit scorer at halftime. His 3 with 9 minutes remaining put Miami up 89-75. Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Bam...


  • George Clooney is working on a Watergate series for Netflix

    George Clooney is taking on Watergate.

    The actor is developing an eight-part Netflix series on the scandal that took down President Richard Nixon, his representative told CNNMoney Friday. The news was reported earlier by Variety and Deadline.

    Clooney and his production company, Smokehouse Pictures, are working with "Bridge of Spies" writer Matt Charman on the project.

    Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The Nixon years are also getting the Hollywood treatment from...


  • Beauty queens' 'peace and love' selfie results in death threats

    Sarah Idan shared a selfie with her friend Adar Gandelsman on Instagram. The controversial photograph would later prompt her family to have to go into hiding. 

    They were both competing in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in November. Idan, who lives in the United States, was representing Iraq, and Gandelsman was representing Israel. 

    The photo's caption: "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel."

    Death threats followed. Idan's relatives in Iraq were forced to flee their country and go into...


  • Sexual harassment allegations swirl around ESPN

    ESPN is denying allegations of sexual harassment against one of its anchors, John Buccigross.

    In addition to denying the allegations, ESPN also on Thursday released text messages between the alleged victim and Buccigross to show that they had, in ESPN's words, a "consensual, personal friendship that spanned months."

    The Boston Globe had reported Thursday evening that Adrienne Lawrence, a former on-air personality, lodged a complaint in which she claimed she was sexually harassed by Buccigross...


  • Alimony will now be taxed under GOP bill

    Breaking up is hard to do. But the GOP tax bill could make it even harder, divorce lawyers say.

    The final version of the tax plan, which was released Friday and is set for votes next week, eliminates the tax deduction for alimony payments. Divorce lawyers say this move could make ending marriages an even more drawn-out and expensive process, and the change could be particularly painful for lower-income couples.

    Alimony payments, typically codified in the terms of a divorce settlement, are...


  • Mattis says North Korea isn't capable of striking the US

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

    North Korea's November ICBM "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now," Mattis said during an off-camera briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. He added that the United States is still assessing the situation. "We are still examining the forensics, we're still doing the forensics analysis, it...


  • Do you suffer from sizeism or fatphobia? The French do

    France gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, yet it has often been a place where being overweight was seen as almost sinful.

    Now, after taking a hard look at the contradictions in the mirror, its capital has launched a campaign to counter "sizeism," an often disregarded kind of discrimination in the image-conscious city known for luxury fashion brands and tiny waists.

    Paris anti-discrimination chief Helene Bidard began the initiative after falling victim to weight-related insults and...


  • Will Obamacare survive the tax bill?

    Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, but it's likely they will now succeed in axing a key provision of the health reform law.

    The tax bill agreed to by both chambers this week gets rid of the individual mandate by eliminating the penalty for not having coverage. The original Senate legislation contained this provision, which takes effect in 2019, but the House bill didn't.

    Shedding the mandate would allow Republicans to claim at least a partial victory in their years-long...


  • Moore raises funds to continue fight for Alabama Senate seat

    Roy Moore is raising money for his new "election integrity fund," as he refuses to concede the race for a Senate seat in Alabama, The Hill reported Friday night.

    Doug Jones won the special election on Tuesday, and he became the first Democrat to beat a Republican on a Senate seat in Alabama in the last 25 years.

    Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct with minors during his campaign, wants to report voter fraud before the election is certified. 

    Despite supporting him during the...


  • Venezuela pulls out of joint venture with Cuba in oil refinery

    After upgrading a Soviet-era refinery in Cienfuegos to convert Venezuelan oil shipments into refined products, Venezuela is allowing Cuba to take about half of their stake in the joint venture, according to Cuban officials.  

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remains one of Cuba's most faithful allies. After a conference in Turkey, he stopped in Havana Thursday, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported.  

    Reuters reported the reason for the Venezuela-Cuba dissolution was likely because of a...