Clinic bombed by Saudi coalition

A health center run by Doctors Without Borders was obliterated in multiple bombings by warplanes belonging to the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the group said. "At least 200,000 people now have no access to lifesaving medical care," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement. Hassan Boucenine, the group's head of mission in Yemen, said the attack was "another illustration of a complete disregard for civilians." The Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting Houthi rebels, has bombed several health facilities during the seven-month war, but it was the first time it had directly struck a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders.


Residency plan adds to tensions

An Israeli proposal that could potentially strip tens of thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem of their residency rights sent shudders through the targeted Arab neighborhoods — areas that were dumped outside Israel's separation barrier a decade ago. With few exceptions, Jerusalem's Palestinians are not Israeli citizens, but hold residency status that can be revoked.


Boat disaster's cause still unclear

Investigators are trying to unravel the mystery of what caused a whale watching boat to capsize off Vancouver Island on Sunday, killing five British nationals. A fisherman who was among the first rescuers said a survivor told him that a sudden wave capsized the boat. A search continued for a missing Australian man. Twenty-one people were rescued.


U.S. rebuked for destroyer's visit

China reacted angrily after a U.S. warship sailed within 12 miles of artificial islands it is constructing in the South China Sea, warning Washington "not to act blindly or create trouble out of nothing." Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the U.S. decision to send the Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, threatened "China's sovereignty and security interests." The U.S. said the Navy ship's route was meant as a rebuff of Beijing's territorial claims in disputed waters.

United Nations

Vote condemns embargo on Cuba

In the first U.N. vote on a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo against Cuba since the two countries renewed diplomatic ties, the U.N. voted 191-2 in favor of the condemnation. The United States said that it couldn't support the resolution because it failed to take into account "the significant steps in the spirit of engagement" undertaken by the United States.


Spike in quakes raises questions

A sudden spike of earthquakes is raising eyebrows in southern Kansas. There have been 52 small earthquakes in Kansas since Oct. 15. There were just 19 between 1990 and 2010. The number jumped from four in 2013 to 817 in 2014. They occurred in two counties that run along the Kansas-Oklahoma border, raising questions about ties to hydraulic fracturing in the region.


Errant drone knocks out power

Authorities are looking for the pilot of a drone that flew into power lines in West Hollywood and knocked out service to hundreds of Southern California Edison customers. Witnesses reported seeing a drone buzz into the wires, knocking one to the ground. Company spokesman Robert Villegas said it's the first time he'd heard of a drone knocking out power.


Hastert to change plea in Chicago

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to step before a federal judge Wednesday to change his plea to guilty in a hush-money case that alleges he agreed to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct by the Illinois Republican. The hearing in Chicago will be Hastert's first court appearance since June, when he pleaded not guilty. His change of plea is part of a deal with prosecutors.

Washington, D.C.

Some federal workers get raises

More than 100,000 federal employees will receive a special pay boost in January under new rules that create 13 new "locality pay" zones and expand most of the existing ones. The pay system for most white-collar executive branch employees varies according to local differences between federal and nonfederal pay for comparable jobs. Locality pay is based on where the employee works, not where he or she lives.

New York

Six busted for gun sales to police

Six men who sold more than 70 weapons to undercover detectives in the same New York City area where a policeman was fatally shot last week have been arrested and indicted on conspiracy and gun charges. Most of the 74 weapons — from handguns to an assault rifle — were loaded when sold in and around the Harlem area, including two near where Officer Randolph Holder was shot in the head on Oct. 20. The funeral for Holder, 33, a five-year NYPD veteran, is Wednesday. Hundreds of fellow officers attended his wake. Tyrone Howard, 30, was arrested and charged with murder and robbery.

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