Here are news storys rolling around the internet today for Dec. 16, 2016.
Stocks off highs after report of China seizing underwater US drone – U.S. stocks came off session highs Friday as some concerns of geopolitical tension surfaced. Reuters reported in late morning trade that a Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told the newswire.
Germany Avoids Attack After 12-Year-Old Boy’s Explosive Fails to Detonate – Germany narrowly avoided a suspected Islamist attack this month after a 12-year-old boy twice planted an explosive device at a Christmas market that failed to detonate, German officials said Friday.
Congo’s President Is Refusing to Step Down, Raising Fears of Bloodshed – Despite the fact that Joseph Kabila’s second and final term as president was due to end in December, his government failed to prepare by holding presidential polls in time. With no elected successor in place, Kabila says he has no choice but to keep leading the country.
Philippines’ Duterte tells U.S. to prepare to leave the country – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for the eventual repeal of a military deal that allows Washington to deploy troops and equipment for exercises in the country.
Gloves-off White House creates rift between Obama and Trump teams – Donald Trump’s dismissal of US intelligence about Russian election meddling has deeply alarmed the White House, prompting a new and combative approach to the President-elect that’s caused rifts between the incoming and outgoing administrations.
Christmas saved: Carrier families thank Trump, count blessings – The Bray kids are counting on Santa Claus comin’ to town, and their parents, like more than 1,000 other Carrier employees whose jobs were saved by a dramatic deal negotiated by President-elect Donald Trump, are counting their blessings.
US Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Delivering Drug-Filled Backpacks in Exchange for Bribes: FBI – A U.S. Border Patrol agent appeared in court Thursday on charges that he picked up backpacks filled with drugs while on duty at the U.S.-Mexico border fence in exchange for cash, FBI officials said.
Seahawks are NFC West champions, but the team is still confounding – Despite a 24-3 victory over Los Angeles that clinched the division title, Seattle has much to improve on before the playoffs arrive.
State to test-drive charging drivers by the mile – Washington state is getting closer to charging people for how much they drive, rather than how much gasoline they burn. The state will begin a pilot program of a pay-by-mile system next fall and soon will start recruiting volunteers to participate in the 12-month project.
Big Sky Football: Kupp named first-team All-American for fourth time – Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team for the fourth straight season, making the first team with fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State. The AP FCS All-America team was released Thursday.
Temperatures overnight dipped to zero for first time since 2014 – Temperatures overnight in Spokane hit zero for the first time in more than two years. The Spokane International Airport saw a low temperature of zero Thursday night, with Felts Field hovering around 10 degrees and sinking to about 6 degrees by 8 a.m. It hadn’t been that cold in Spokane since Feb. 6, 2014.