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According to senior Israeli officials, business with the embassies of those countries – Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand – will be suspended.
Israel was furious at the passage of Security Council resolution 2334, which says its settlements in the West Bank "had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security." The United States, a Security Council member, abstained on the resolution.
President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at the United Nations on Monday over the Security Council vote, saying that the UN has “such great potential,” but has become “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”
Trump also issued a stark warning, saying “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th," referring to the day he takes office.
The president-elect has taken a more pro-Israel stance than President Obama, saying the Palestinians have been "taken over" by or are condoning militant groups.
The Obama administration abstained from Friday’s vote, brushing aside Trump’s demands that the U.S. exercise its veto power and providing a climax to years of icy relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A new Department of Health and Human Services regulation outlining Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act will take effect for many health plans on Jan. 1 and require all health care providers, insurance providers and employers to cover or offer a broad range of transgender reassignment surgeries and procedures.
Despite concerns issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during the public comment period, HHS passed the regulation in May without giving religious exemptions to faith-based hospitals or religious employers who object to the regulation because of their deeply-held religious convictions.
Institutions that fail to comply with the regulation could face ruinous consequences, such as loss of Medicaid or Medicare funding, triple compensatory damages, or civil penalties. Plaintiffs say that the regulation could cause many Catholic organization's existence to be at stake.
The complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief was filed Wednesday in the United States District Court of North Dakota and pressed by the Diocese of Fargo, Catholic Charities of North Dakota and the Catholic Benefits Association, an organization that represents over 880 Catholic employers, 5,000 parishes and 90,000 employees.
It should be noted that both Medicare and Medicaid are exempt from the regulation, as their HHS researchers found that "clinical evidence for gender reassignment surgery was inconclusive for the Medicare population at large."
While some parts of the country are forecast to experience temperatures 30 to 50 degrees colder than normal, the cold snap will be most remarkable for the amount of real estate it is predicted to cover.
Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist based in Alaska, noted Thursday that the National Weather Service’s six- to 10-day temperature outlook (below) projected the nation’s largest area with high confidence (90 percent probability) of below-normal temperatures in 15 years of issuing such outlooks.
The cold will take the better part of next week to reach the East Coast, first arriving in the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies this weekend.
The nation also experienced such coast-to-coast cold air during the winter of 2013-2014. But that cold was more intense than what is predicted for next week.
This kind of pattern happens more frequently during La Niña events like we’re seeing now, according to Michael Ventrice, a meteorologist with the Weather Company. But he cautioned that it would not be a “permanent fixture” of the winter. He concluded: “This winter will be a winter of extremes, with violent swings between Arctic cold and much-above-average temperatures for the eastern two-thirds.”
The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland late Thursday night and disappeared from radar about two miles over Lake Erie, north of the airport. Why remains unclear.
The group on the plane apparently had just left the Cleveland Cavaliers game, officials told Fox 8.
Air traffic control reported to the Coast Guard at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday that the plane had just taken off from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland and "dropped off radar about two miles when it was over Lake Erie," Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw told CNN.
The missing Cessna has room for up to 11 people, but the plane's flight plan indicates it had six people on board, Yaw said.
The plane was headed to Ohio State University Airport northwest of downtown Columbus. Cox said the plane is kept at a hangar at the airfield, but the six people aboard – apparently from two families – aren't affiliated with OSU. Their names weren't released, pending notification of their relatives.
Weather prevented a boat search overnight, but a U.S. Coast guard helicopter and a Canadian air crew were searching. A ship also was headed from Detroit to help.
Thousands packed New York City's Times Square to watch the ball drop and signal the end 2016, under the watchful eye of police following a gun attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that occurred a little more than an hour after the start of the New Year there.
Sydney used its New Year's Eve showstopper to say farewell to 2016's fallen icons, honoring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder, among others, and become the first major city to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year.
Pope Francis called on the faithful to help young people find a place in society, and said during vespers on New Year's Eve that young people have been "pushed to the margins of public life, forcing them to migrate or to beg for jobs that no longer exist, or fail to promise them a future."
President-elect Donald Trump threw a New Year's bash at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, and when asked about his resolution he smiled and replied "Make America great again, OK? I'll do that one!"
Governor Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack.
"Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year's and have fun," Sahin told reporters.
Footage from the scene showed at least six ambulances with flashing lights and civilians being escorted out. NTV said police had cordoned off the area and an operation to capture the assailant was ongoing.
The attack occurred shortly after midnight in the club where an estimated 600 people celebrated New Year's eve. Several shocked revelers were seen fleeing the scene after the attack and the music fell silent.
The club is located close to recent suicide attacks that killed dozens near a soccer stadium.
“We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding,” the Burlington Electric Department said in a statement.
“Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems. We have briefed state officials and will support the investigation fully.”
The Department of Homeland Security alerted utilities on Thursday night about a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the Burlington Electric Department said.
“We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems,” it said.
The matched malware code on the laptop may have resulted from a relatively benign episode, such as visiting a questionable website, a source familiar with the matter said, suggesting Russian hackers may not have been directly involved.
It was not clear when the incident occurred.