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World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Receives $89 Million Grant

ArtNews News Feed - 3 hours 5 min ago

The funds come from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More

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'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help

Yahoo - Art News - 3 hours 7 min ago

With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership. May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, rejected EU criticism of "nebulous" demands from a divided British political system and asked EU leaders at a summit in Brussels for political and legal assurances to help her win parliament around to her deal. EU officials said the declaration of their good intentions not to bind Britain to EU rules forever was just that -- not a tweak to the treaty's so-called "backstop" to avoid a hard land border for Ireland.


‘We Are the Canvas’: Storied New York Highway Performer Otis Houston Jr. on His New Work

ArtNews News Feed - 3 hours 26 min ago

The artist famed for signs, sculptures, and live pieces he presents along the FDR Drive is the subject of a two-person gallery show at Gordon Robichaux. Read More

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Hammer Museum in L.A. Appoints New Board Members

ArtNews News Feed - 3 hours 34 min ago

The appointments bring the institution's board count up to 22. Read More

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Thousands of Ohio schoolkids plead with GM CEO Mary Barra to keep Chevy Cruze plant open

Yahoo - Art News - 4 hours 4 min ago

About 20 school districts in Ohio near GM's Lordstown plant launched a letter-writing campaign to GM CEO Mary Barra asking her to save the factory.


Infiniti's Next Concept Car Previews a New All-Electric Crossover

Yahoo - Art News - 6 hours 35 min ago

It will pay homage to the pioneering FX45 while looking to Infiniti’s electrified future.


Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Yahoo - Art News - 7 hours 20 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.


Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think

Yahoo - Art News - 8 hours 50 min ago

(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britain’s departure date?


Iran says U.N.-led ceasefire in Yemen's Hodeidah is step toward peace: TV

Yahoo - Art News - 9 hours 51 min ago

Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen's war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran and its key regional rival Saudi Arabia. U.N.-backed talks in Sweden ended on Thursday with an agreement between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops.


Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA

Yahoo - Art News - 10 hours 16 min ago

The 30-year-old gun enthusiast operated as a Kremlin agent as she befriended National Rifle Association leaders and influential U.S. conservatives, she admitted Thursday in federal court in Washington. “Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” prosecutor Erik Kenerson said at the hearing, reading from the government’s statement of facts.


Isil driven from last town as US-backed forces leave caliphate on brink

Yahoo - Art News - 11 hours 7 min ago

Kurdish-led forces seized the Isil's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by Isil, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said. The operation was completed at dawn, he said, a day after SDF forces fanned out across the large village in the Euphrates valley. On Thursday, the last Isil fighters were confined to a network of tunnels and the edges of Hajin, which lies in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the border with Iraq. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria The area held by Isil is sometimes referred to as the "Hajin pocket", the last rump of a once-sprawling "caliphate" the group proclaimed in 2014 over swathes of Syria and Iraq. Isil fighters pulled back to positions east of Hajin Friday and to Sousa and Al-Shaafa, the two other main villages in their shrinking Euphrates valley enclave. As recently as Thursday, the group posted pictures of fighting in Hajin on its social media accounts. According to Abdel Rahman, a total of 17,000 fighters from the Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance are involved in the operation to flush IS out of its last bastion. The operation was launched on September 10 and has taken a heavy toll, according to figures collected by the Observatory, which has a vast network of sources on the ground. Hajin, the last urban stronghold of Isil, in the aftermath of a US air offensive At least 900 jihadists and 500 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting, the monitoring group said. According to Abdel Rahman, more than 320 civilians were also killed, many of them in air strikes by the US-led coalition. US President Donald Trump this week predicted the jihadist group would be fully defeated within a month. "We've done a very, very major job on ISIS," he said on Tuesday, using another acronym for Isil. "There are very few of them left in that area of the world. And within another 30 days, there won't be any of them left," he vowed. Western and other officials have repeatedly announced deadlines for a final victory over Isil but the group is proving resilient. Global Isil attacks The push to retake Hajin was delayed by Turkish threats on the Kurdish heartland further north and deadly counter-attacks by die-hard jihadists making a bloody last stand. "ISIS anticipated its battlefield defeat and the loss of the caliphate and prepared accordingly," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington. Besides what is left of the pocket near Hajin in the Euphrates valley, Isil has a presence in Syria's vast Badia desert, a front which is managed by Russian-backed government forces. What is left of the jihadist group also has sleeper cells across Iraq and Syria that regularly carry out attacks. The loss of Hajin came hours after Isil's propaganda agency Amaq claimed responsibility for a Christmas market shooting in the French city of Strasbourg. The Amaq statement was posted just after the suspect Cherif Chekatt was gunned down by police but bore the hallmarks of an opportunistic claim by the embattled jihadist group.


Michael Flynn case, Free Shipping Day, 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse': 5 things to know Friday

Yahoo - Art News - 11 hours 21 min ago

Players in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe enter the spotlight, Free Shipping Day and more things to start your Friday morning.


China Says Canada's Huawei Arrest Has ‘Aroused Public Anger’

Yahoo - Art News - 11 hours 34 min ago

“The Canadian government at the request of the U.S. side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. The decision to arrest Meng earlier this month to aid a U.S. extradition effort has made Canada the focus of China’s ire, even as President Donald Trump’s trade war sits at the center of the dispute.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI

Yahoo - Art News - 14 hours 57 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.


Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:39

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who says he wants to be executed is mentally competent to waive all his appeals.


What impact will Cohen sentencing have on Mueller probe?

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:37

Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera shares his predictions for the Russia investigation going forward.


Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:23

Six adults are facing charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a three-year-old child, Newark police announced Wednesday.


Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:41

Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday. Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.


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