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The second day of the Day for Night festival began without the specter of rain, though that didn't translate into an early turnout. Perhaps festgoers had to dry out a little after a soggy Saturday. Which is too bad because the early Sunday acts were varied and vibrant even if they pulled fewer fans than performers doing shows the same time a day before. Shabazz Palaces filled one of those early slots admirably as a dark progressively electronic hip-hop act. Playing the indoor Blue Stage ex Digable Planets member Ishmael Butler served up darker rhymes than he did in the '90s but they fit the times. "Youlogy" was both poignant and pointed. Outside on the Green Stage, I was saddened to catch only a partial set by Narcons. [...]
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Kendrell Johnson suffered through the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and, like many others, she eventually made her way to Houston to start fresh with her five children. But Hurricane Harvey "was like Katrina all over again," she said, and now they're making do in water-logged and moldy public housing, waiting to be relocated until their current apartment in the Clayton Homes public housing development is demolished because of flood damage. [...]
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MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called President Donald Trump to thank him for a tip from the CIA that thwarted a terrorist attack being planned in St. Petersburg. The unusual call   countries share intelligence all the time, but presidents rarely publicly thank one another for it   was confirmed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Putin told Trump that the information provided by the CIA allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to track down and detain a group of suspects who were planning to bomb the centrally located Kazan Cathedral and other crowded parts of Russia's second-largest city. [...]
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WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain left the nation's capital Sunday to spend Christmas in Arizona with his family as he battles brain cancer, giving his Republican Party one less vote as it is expected this week to attempt to push through a contentious tax bill along party lines. President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday that McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cindy McCain, have "headed back (to Arizona), but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won't." He added: "But the word is John will come back if we need his vote. It's too bad. He's going through a very tough time - there's no question about it. But he will come back if we need his vote." Trump said he spoke to Cindy McCain by phone Sunday. [...]
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A Houston Police Department SWAT team is at the scene of a Spring Branch-area address after reports of a suicidal man. [...]
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WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, the Associated Press has learned. A military investigation has concluded that Johnson wasn't captured alive or killed at close range, dispelling a swirl of rumors about how he died. The report has determined that Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, was killed by enemy rifle and machine-gun fire from members of an Islamic State offshoot, according to U.S. officials familiar with the findings. The Oct. 4 ambush took place about 120 miles north of Niamey, the African nation's capital. [...]
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William P. Hobby Airport is experiencing some delays as a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has disrupted incoming and outgoing flights. The Federal Aviation Administration implemented a "ground stop" for flights headed to the airport, meaning that flights headed to Atlanta are held on the ground at their departure airport. [...]
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PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - More than 300 passengers on a cruise ship that docked at Port Everglades fell ill with a stomach virus. The Naples Daily News reports that the Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited's ship Independence docked Saturday in Florida reported 332 cases of gastro­intestinal illness among the 5,547 guests. It was the second time in less than a month that illness hit passengers on one of the cruise line's vessels. The five-night cruise was interrupted for those passengers, who had symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. One passenger, Victoria Nolan, described people throwing up in elevators. [...]
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ATLANTA - A sudden power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and stranded thousands of passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year. Passengers were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon. Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected, and outgoing flights were halted. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a "ground stop" for flights headed to the airport. That means flights heading to Atlanta were held on the ground at their departure airport. Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said the utility was working to find out the cause and restore electricity. The U.S. [...]
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