WikiLeaks: Clinton's Team Debated Drug and Alcohol Screenings in Teens

Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff was concerned that an editorial on addiction would give her opponents ammunition to claim that she supports mandatory drug and alcohol testing for children and teens, according to emails released by WikiLeaks. Clinton, who was running for the Democratic nomination at the time, supports annual screening – which can involve drug testing in some circumstances – because that is the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her team decided to scrap the language for the final op-ed published in the New Hampshire Union-Leader, but noted they would reconsider such screenings “on the other side of this election.” Campaign strategists raised concerns about the language of the op-ed after policy adviser Kristina Costa sent them a draft on Aug…

Humanitarian needs of people of Aleppo are ‘huge’, basic services still need to be ... After the liberation of Aleppo by Syrian government forces, many residents still live in dire conditions while the International Committee of the Red Cross is trying to help restore key services, an ICRC spokeswoman told RT. Many Aleppo residents still have to live in the poor conditions of makeshift shelters allocated in mosques and schools as they cannot return to their homes located in the neighborhoods that were severely damaged during the battle for the city, Krista Armstrong, ICRC spokesperson for Middle East, told RT.At the same time, she stressed that humanitarian access to the city has been significantly eased now, after it was fully retaken by the government forces. She also added that the aid groups were finally able to get access to the eastern...

Officer-involved shooting occurs near Wal-Mart in Oregon DALLAS, Ore. — News outlets are reporting an officer and a suspect were wounded at a shooting Friday night near Wal-Mart. Oregon State Police said the incident happened near a Wal-Mart in Dallas, about 15 miles west of Salem. Multiple police agencies on scene of officer involved shooting near Walmart in Dallas, OR. Unfolding situation.— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) December 17, 2016 Further details are expected at a news briefing at 9 p.m. PST.

Ford unveils sleeker self-driving Fusion Ford's self-driving car team has a brand new toy. The company unveiled on Wednesday an updated version of its autonomous car Fusion. The automaker sees the latest iteration as a significant step toward its goal of putting self-driving vehicles on roads by 2021. The vehicle will expand on the company's trials already underway in California, Michigan and Arizona. The new Fusion has more computing power built into its trunk. Meanwhile, sensors have been moved to give the car a better understanding of its surroundings. The new Fusion. Rather than four bulky LIDAR roof sensors used to capture a bird's eye view, the new car uses only two in the car's front pillar, the area between the windshield and the passenger and driver-side door windows. (LIDAR...

RBI Exempts KYC Accounts From Rs 5,000 Deposit Norm The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday modified its earlier directive about depositing over Rs 5,000 in old notes in bank accounts.According the modified rule, KYC or Know Your Customer-complaint bank accounts will be exempted from the Rs 5,000 deposit norms.The RBI had earlier imposed restrictions on the quantum of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that can be deposited in bank accounts. The RBI said that old notes above Rs 5,000 can be deposited only once till December 30, 2016.

Tesla, Panasonic to make solar cells in Buffalo, New York BUFFALO, N.Y. — Japanese electronics company Panasonic and U.S. electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday they plan to begin production of solar cells at a factory in Buffalo, New York. The two companies said they finalized an agreement calling for Tokyo-based Panasonic to pay capital costs for the manufacturing. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla made a “long-term purchase commitment” to Panasonic. Their statement gave no financial figures. The factory in Buffalo is under development by SolarCity Corp., a San Mateo, California-based solar panel company owned by Tesla. The photovoltaic cells and modules will be used in solar panels for non-solar roof products and solar glass tile roofs that Tesla plans to begin making, the announcement said. Production is due to begin ...

The US's 'One China' Policy Explained President-elect Donald Trump's unprecedented phone call with the leader of Taiwan on Friday, followed by his anti-China tweets on Sunday, signal strongly that upon taking office next month he could seek to deviate further from America's long-standing "One-China" policy. Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday (which he says was initiated by Taiwan) prompted headlines across the U.S. that Trump had broken with decades-old policy and even forced the White House to respond and affirm its commitment to current policy. Secretary of State John Kerry even said over the weekend that it "would be helpful" if the president-elect's transition team consulted with the State Department before speaking with foreign leaders. So, what is the U.S...

Russia Ready to Work With New U.S. Secretary of State — Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed his readiness to work with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, former Exxon-Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson. "We accept this as the decision of the elected president of the United States,” Lavrov told journalists at a press conference in Belgrade on Tuesday.  “As President Putin has said multiple times, we are ready to work with any partners who are interested in the development of full-fledged relations with Russia."  Lavrov said he believes that Trump and Tillerson are both “pragmatic” people, and that this could form the basis of a mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Russia.  Trump confirmed that he planned to appoint Rex Tillerson Secretary of State...