U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, Dec. 22, weighed down by weakness in retailers, as investors stepped back from a recent rally fueled by optimism that President-elect Donald Trump will invigorate economic growth. The decline pulled the Dow Jones industrial average further away from the 20,000 mark after it nearly breached that level this week for the first time.
MOSCOW — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, Dec. 22, dialog with the United States was frozen at most levels but that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump might have a more constructive attitude towards Russia. "We're not wearing rose-tinted glasses, we have no illusions about any breakthroughs but hope for a more constructive approach," Peskov said. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia was examining how it would approach the incoming administration when it takes office on Jan. 20.
BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Thursday that it had retaken complete control of Aleppo after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the war. The army said it had brought "security and safety" to Aleppo, ending four years of rebel resistance in parts of the northern Syrian city.
NEW YORK -- A passenger was removed from a JetBlue Airways Corp plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 22, after verbally accosting Ivanka Trump, the website TMZ reported. Airline personnel escorted the man off the plane after he railed at President-elect Donald Trump's daughter, TMZ said. Ivanka Trump was en route to Hawaii for a vacation with her family, according to an ABC News report on the incident.
WASHINGTON—Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who was widely credited with bringing a more disciplined approach to Donald Trump's presidential election campaign, will become White House counselor when he takes office next month. In her new post, Conway will play a key advisory role, helping to manage Trump's messaging and legislative priorities, the transition team said in a statement on Friday. It praised Conway, 49, as the first woman campaign manager to guide a winning U.S. presidential campaign.
(Reuters) - An man who was a member of a historic black church in Mississippi that was burned and spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump," has been arrested in the case, authorities said on Wednesday. The Greenville church was set ablaze a week before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, leading officials initially to view it as a politically motivated hate crime.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday rejected a bid to repeal a state law restricting bathroom access for transgender people, which has drawn months of protests and boycotts by opponents decrying the measure as discriminatory.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has removed its self-driving cars from San Francisco streets, halting the autonomous program one week after its launch as the company faced a regulatory crackdown. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said on Wednesday it revoked the registration of 16 Uber self-driving cars because they had not been properly permitted. For the last week, the agency was demanding that Uber shut down its program and comply with regulations requiring a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads.
BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver's seat of a truck that plowed into aBerlin Christmas market and killed 12 people, officials and security sources said on Wednesday. The federal prosecutor's office offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros ($104,000) for information leading to the capture of the suspect, whom it identified as 24-year-old Anis Amri.
LOS ANGELES - Wealthy real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to several slayings were chronicled last year in the HBO documentary "The Jinx," appeared in court on Wednesday, Dec. 21, where his attorney and a prosecutor sparred over the admissibility of documents seized in a murder case against him in Los Angeles. Durst, 73, is charged with fatally shooting writer and longtime confidante Susan Berman in December 2000. Prosecutors say he killed her because of what she knew about the death of Durst's wife in New York two decades earlier.