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Italian president pushes for new voting law before election

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talks to President Sergio Mattarella before a ceremony led by Pope Francis to close the Holy Door marking the closing of the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy in Saint Peter's Basilica at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella wants parliament to draft a new electoral law before any ballot is held, a source close to the president said on Tuesday, a move likely to delay any vote after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns. Renzi said he would step down after losing a referendum on constitutional reform on Sunday, but Mattarella asked him to stay on until parliament passes the 2017 budget, a vote scheduled for Wednesday.. The next parliamentary election is not scheduled until 2018 but on Tuesday there was growing consensus among party leaders for it to be held a year earlier. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the vote should be held in February.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this picture illustration made in ZenicaThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay.

Officer won't be charged in shooting that paralyzed Iowa manIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white police officer will not be charged in a shooting that left an unarmed black motorist paralyzed and sparked protests in Iowa's second largest city, a prosecutor said Tuesday.Dylann Roof's lawyers want delay after officer's mistrial

FILE- In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Michael Slager, at right, walks from the Charleston County Courthouse under the protection from the Charleston County Sheriff's Department after a mistrial was declared for his trial in Charleston, S.C. Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyers for Dylann Roof want to delay picking a jury in his federal death penalty trial because of the publicity surrounding the mistrial in a former police officer's case.

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with AppleThe Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay ...

Q&A: A look at Trump's call to cancel new Air Force One

Air force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, prepares to take off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump wants the government's contract for a new Air Force One canceled. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging Reagan-era models that currently shuttle the president around the world. Trump cited "out of control" costs of more than $4 billion in a tweet that ended with "Cancel order!"

Heisman winner Salaam found dead in Colorado park

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1995, file photo, Chicago Bears running back Rashaan Salaam breaks through the line against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL game in Cincinnati. Salaam had a terrific rookie season with the Chicago Bears in 1995, rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns. Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a park in Boulder. The Boulder County coroner’s office said Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, that it is still investigating the death of 42-year-old Salaam. (AP Photo/Mark Lyons)BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Colorado park, authorities said Tuesday.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninthJACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence.AP reporter deported from South SudanJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Government agents ordered a journalist working for The Associated Press out of South Sudan on Tuesday, taking him to the airport in Juba and putting him aboard a flight to Uganda.Michigan recount expands, Pennsylvania awaits federal ruling

Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, speaks at a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. Stein is spearheading recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's presidential recount expanded to several new counties on Tuesday, including its largest one that includes Detroit. The fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania, meanwhile, was awaiting action in federal court.

Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

President-elect Donald Trump and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, right, walk into the lobby to speak to members of the media at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company's commitment to invest billions in the U.S.

Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago. A person familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox have gotten star pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, because the trade hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Cazeneuve is France's new prime minister as Valls steps down

FILE - In this Saturday, March 19, 2016 file picture, French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a press conference at the Elysee Palace after an emergency security meeting in Paris, France. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has stepped down to focus on running for president in next year's election and has been replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)PARIS (AP) — The man who served as France's top cop during a series of bloody terror attacks became the nation's new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls stepped down to focus on running for president.

Djokovic, Becker splitting after 3 seasons, 6 major titlesNovak Djokovic says he and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons together.Aide says Trump sold stocks in June, provides no evidence

Aide says Trump sold stocks in June, provides no evidencePresident-elect Donald Trump sold all of his stocks in June as he plunged into the costly general election campaign, his transition team abruptly announced Tuesday. His advisers provided no proof of the ...

In age of Trump, GOP learns to embrace government activism

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — After eight years of denouncing President Barack Obama as a big-government activist, congressional Republicans suddenly appear eager to welcome a big-government activist to the White House.

Oakland warehouse fire death toll, at 36, not expected to rise

A woman holds a candle at a vigil for the victims of the fatal warehouse fire in OaklandBy Curtis Skinner OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities in Oakland, California, said on Tuesday they do not expect the death toll from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party to rise above 36 but could not rule it out as they continued picking through debris. "We're going to continue the process until absolutely every piece of debris is removed from the building (and) every area has been searched," said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson. The coroner's office has completed autopsies on half the 36 people confirmed to have died, Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman J.D. Nelson said in a phone interview.

The Latest: Trump adds to lead in Wisconsin amid recount

A challenge is reviewed on a ballot during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (all times local):

Bolivian aviation agent requests help in Brazil after crashRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The investigation into a plane crash in Colombia that left 71 dead took a surprising turn Tuesday when authorities announced that a Bolivian aviation official has sought help in neighboring Brazil.Pipeline opponents ride out storm in shelters, casino

A camper walks through the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Some protesters who have been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline retreated to a nearby casino and area shelters overnight as a blizzard blew through, but many remained at a camp in southern North Dakota, ...

Beyonce leads Grammy nominations in crowded field

Beyonce scooped three Grammys for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance with "Drunk In Love" as well as Best Surround Sound Album in 2015Beyonce led the Grammy Award nominations Tuesday amid acclaim for her "Lemonade" album but she faced spirited competition from other chart-topping artists including Adele. Beyonce received nods in nine categories for the music industry's biggest night including Album of the Year for "Lemonade," her contemplative look at African-American women that she intertwined with an original movie. The pop diva will face off at the February 12 awards in three of the most prestigious categories against English balladeer Adele, whose "25" has been one of the top-selling albums of the 21st century.

Money for Trump Tower security part of stopgap spending bill

In this image from video from Senate Television, Vice President Joe Biden presides over the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for Biden. The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. (Senate TV via AP)Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's ...

US indexes turn higher, helped by phone company stocks

FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets pushed higher on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, as investors cheered another record day on Wall Street and looked past the political and economic uncertainty buffeting Europe. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes turned slightly higher in mid-afternoon trading Tuesday, helped by shares of telecommunications companies such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, while the rest of the market remained mostly flat. The upturn put the Dow Jones industrial average rose on track for another record high close. Small company stocks also rose sharply.

Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado parkBOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado park.Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting studyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon and the White House on Tuesday played down a report that the Defense Department had discarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years.Volleyballers vs. bulldozers: A Chinatown's history at stake

Volleyballers vs. bulldozers: A Chinatown's history at stakeOn the streets, alleyways and parking lots of Boston's Chinatown, immigrants developed a unique style of volleyball now played in Chinatowns across the country. Now, an asphalt court where the game still ...

Trump says new Air Force One too costly: 'Cancel order!'

The current double-decker 747-200s used as Air Force One, first ordered by Ronald Reagan and put into service in 1990, are getting oldConverting a pair of 747-8 jumbo jets to state-of-the-art luxury command centers by 2024 had been estimated to cost $3 billion when Boeing was picked for the job in January 2015, but since then costs have apparently been rising. "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" Trump tweeted.

The Latest: Pence will dine with GOP senators Tuesdays

President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, to speak to members of the media. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

Syria army makes new gains, pins down rebels in Aleppo

Syrian pro-regime troops have seized control of 70 percent of former rebel territory in east Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human RightsSyria's army seized key ground Tuesday in its battle for east Aleppo, capturing more districts and penning rebels into less than a quarter of territory they held in mid-November. The advance came as Moscow and Washington traded barbs over stalled efforts to end fighting in the city, where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have made significant advances since last week. On the humanitarian front, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a "disgrace" that the international community had been unable to alleviate the suffering in east Aleppo.

Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, photo, fueling manager Jarid Svraka looks on as he fuels an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet with a new, blended alternative jet fuel, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, Alaska Airlines said it has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.

Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016WASHINGTON (AP) — Though this is the time the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, floating ice decreased when it would be expected to grow.U.S. aerospace industry urges Trump to help Ex-Im Bank resume workThe chief executive of the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association urged President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to quickly nominate new board members to the U.S. Export-Import Bank to allow the export financing agency to resume functioning. Dave Melcher said billions of dollars worth of potential orders were in limbo because the agency's board lacked the necessary number of board members to back important trade deals. "The Senate can protect American manufacturing jobs by restoring the quorum to the Export-Import Bank’s board of directors," Melcher said in a speech before more than 300 industry and media representatives Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia.Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

President Obama walks across the tarmac to greet a crowd of well-wishers after arriving at Tampa International Airport aboard Air Force One Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Obama is in Tampa to visit Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama planned Tuesday to vigorously defend a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America's military footprint, a sharp contrast to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.

Oil falls on output cut skepticism, OPEC and Russia output rise

Rigging equipment is pictured in a field outside of Sweetwater TexasBy Scott DiSavino NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices on Tuesday ended lower for the first time in a week since OPEC agreed to cut output on growing skepticism that the cartel would be able to reduce supplies as data showed record high production in most major export regions. After rising over 15 percent over the four sessions since the Nov. 30 OPEC meeting, Brent futures lost $1.01, or 1.8 percent, to settle at $53.93 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 86 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $50.93 per barrel. "Prices fell for the first day in five in reaction to news that OPEC's output hit a record high last month," said James Williams, president of energy consultant WTRG Economics in Arkansas.

Forum: Congress must help Hawaii fishermen confined to boats

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, tuna caught by foreign fishermen aboard American boats are lined up at the Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38 in Honolulu. Experts and advocates are urging Congress to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in Hawaii's commercial fleet, following an Associated Press investigation that found the men have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts and advocates are urging Congress to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in Hawaii's commercial fleet, following an Associated Press investigation that found the men have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections.

Trump: SoftBank to invest $50bln in US

President-elect Donald Trump talks to the media with SoftBank Group Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son in the lobby of Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 after meetings in New YorkPresident-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that Japan's SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in businesses and job-creation in the United States. Trump made the announcement on Twitter after meeting at Trump Tower with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Trump provided no details on the precise nature of the investments, or their timing.

New North Carolina governor to face resolute GOP legislature

FILE- In this June 24, 2016, file photo, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper speaks during a forum in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, clearing the way for Democrat Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's next governor campaigned on a promise to work on bending back state government's recent rightward turn, with the repeal of a law limiting LGBT rights near the top of his to-do list.

Iraq launches new push in southeast Mosul

Iraq launches new push in southeast MosulAfter weeks of unchanging front lines, the Iraqi army rolled Tuesday into a southeastern Mosul neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance, the military ...

Samsung prevails over Apple in $399 mn patent appeal

Samsung is the world's largest producer of smartphonesThe US Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $399 million patent infringement penalty imposed on Samsung for copying Apple's iPhone design, in a case watched for its implications for technology innovation. The justices ruled 8-0 that Samsung should not be required to forfeit the entire profits from its smartphones for infringement on design components, sending the case back to a lower court.

Heavy security at LA metro stations after threat

A train pulls into the station at the Universal City Metro train station on December 6, 2016 in Universal City, California as athorities ratcheted up security on the Los Angeles Metro following a tip about an impending bomb attackPolice deployed heavily on Tuesday throughout the Los Angeles Metro following a tip from overseas about an impending bomb attack against a busy station near the Universal Studios theme park. About a dozen officers, some in full tactical gear and accompanied by sniffer dogs, patrolled the Red Line's Universal City Metro stop where an anonymous man warned that a bomb would go off on Tuesday.

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