Here are headlines going around the newsphere today…
Russia Ambassador to Turkey Is Shot Dead at Gallery in Ankara – Russia’s envoy to Turkey was shot and killed in Ankara during a gallery opening at the capital, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. Turkish television stations broadcast a photograph showing Ambassador Andrey Karlov splayed on the floor by a podium, with a man in a suit holding a handgun behind him. Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed the incident, describing the attacker as an unknown assailant.
‘Tragedy’ inside Mosul as food runs out, the battle against Islamic State drags on – Residents flee fighting in eastern Mosul this month. Hundreds of thousands of people who remain in this northern Iraqi city are struggling to find food and safe drinking water.
EU Raises Pressure on Apple’s Tax Deal in Ireland – The European Union contends that Irish tax authorities have been “inconsistent” and “not systematic” in their treatment of multinational companies like Apple Inc., according to a newly disclosed filing that further argues why €13 billion ($13.6 billion) in tax breaks Ireland granted the iPhone maker were illegal.
The electoral college is poised to pick Trump, despite push to dump him – Donald Trump’s improbable-then-unstoppable run for the presidency takes its last, formal step Monday as the electoral college meets to officially seal his victory.
Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village – Come fall, polar bears are everywhere around this Arctic village, dozing on sand spits, roughhousing in the shallows, padding down the beach with cubs in tow and attracting hundreds of tourists who travel long distances to see them.
Thanks, Giants: Seahawks move back to No. 2 in NFC with Detroit loss, eye playoff bye – The most pertinent words for the Seahawks’ weekend off? Thanks, Giants. NFC West-champion Seattle (9-4-1) moved back into the No. 2 position in the NFC on Sunday — without doing anything. That’s because the New York Giants beat North division-leading Detroit (9-5), pushing the Lions down below the Seahawks to tied for third in the conference.
How these Washington state electors plan to deny Trump the presidency – Two Washington state “Hamilton Electors” plan to do all they can to thwart Trump as the Electoral College gathers Monday to elect the next president of the United States. In November, Democratic electors Bret Chiafalo and Levi Guerra joined the nationwide movement to convince 37 Republican electors to either abstain or vote for a candidate other than Trump. If the effort is successful, the president-elect would be denied an Electoral College majority, throwing the decision to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Earthquake-insurance prices soar in Washington, and companies hold all the power – State Farm collected $350 million in premiums from Washingtonians over a decade by betting against earthquakes in the state. It concluded that wasn’t enough. In 2014, the company filed documents with Washington state’s insurance regulator seeking approval to raise earthquake rates around the state, including by 39 percent for commercial property in King County and by 117 percent for Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.
Families plan memorial for victims of 1958 bomber collision near Fairchild – Greg Staples remembers hearing a big “thump” as he was sitting down to dinner on a late summer evening in 1958 with his mother, brother and grandmother, who was celebrating her birthday. They looked out a window from their home on Fairchild Air Force Base and saw a B-52 on fire and ejection seats.
With $215,865 needed for Christmas Fund, Catholic Charities director expresses faith in community support – Although this year’s Christmas Bureau has come to an end, donations from the community still are needed to help those in need. The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, which pays for the Bureau, is down significantly from this time last year. Of the $525,000 needed, $309,134.63 has been raised. In other words, $215,865.37 is needed to reach this year’s goal, and time is running out.