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White House report: Climate change is harming the economy
Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says.

The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, concludes that the nation has already suffered billions of dollars in damages from severe weather-related disruptions, which it says will continue to get worse.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
Photo: A flooded cornfield near Oakville, Iowa, is seen in this unddated photo. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

White House report: Climate change is harming the economy

Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says.

The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, concludes that the nation has already suffered billions of dollars in damages from severe weather-related disruptions, which it says will continue to get worse.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

Photo: A flooded cornfield near Oakville, Iowa, is seen in this unddated photo. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Yanukovych: I have not been deposed
Ukraine’s fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych told a press conference that he has not been deposed and said the country has been taken over by “nationalist and pro-fascists.”
"I had to leave Ukraine because there was a direct and imminent threat to my life," he said, appearing in public for the first time in nearly a week.
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(Photo: Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

Ukraine’s Yanukovych: I have not been deposed

Ukraine’s fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych told a press conference that he has not been deposed and said the country has been taken over by “nationalist and pro-fascists.”

"I had to leave Ukraine because there was a direct and imminent threat to my life," he said, appearing in public for the first time in nearly a week.

Follow updates by alerting Ukrainian political crisis in the Breaking News apps: https://www.breakingnews.com/topic/ukraine-protests-over-eu-agreement-delay

Click here for links to download our iOS and Android apps.

(Photo: Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

First legal marijuana sales begin in Colorado

Recreational marijuana is now on sale in Colorado, marking the first time any place in the world has legalized and regulated sales of relatively small amounts of the drug. Read more from The Denver Post.

Additional updates on BreakingNews.com.

Uganda passes anti-gay legislation

Uganda’s parliament has passed an anti-homosexuality bill that would jail repeat offenders for life, reports and activists say. Read more from AFP.

Protesters storm Thai Finance Ministry

About 1,000 anti-government protesters stormed Thailand’s Finance Ministry today and protest leaders are calling for the occupation of other buildings in escalating bid to topple the prime minister, Reuters reports.

More than 30,000 demonstrators marched to 13 areas across Bangkok, a day after 100,000 gathered.

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Photo: Anti-government protesters wave national flags during a demonstration in Bangkok on Nov. 25, 2013. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP - Getty Images)

Swiss scientists says Polonium found in Yasser Arafat’s bones

Swiss scientists who conducted tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat’s body have found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium. The scientists said that they were confident up to an 83 percent level that the late Palestinian leader was poisoned with it, Al Jazeera America reports.

Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/6/swiss-study-poloniumfoundinarafatasbones.html

Former San Diego mayor pleads guilty to criminal charges
UPDATE (1:37 p.m. EDT): Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to three criminal counts related to the sexual harassment allegations that forced his resignation on Aug. 30.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:

Specifically, Filner pleaded guilty before Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta to one criminal count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The charges involve three unnamed women victims.

ORIGINAL POST (1:15 p.m. EDT):
ABC 10News San Diego: The California attorney general’s office has charged former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner with one felony count of false imprisonment as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery.

The victims were identified as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. A grand jury had been hearing evidence against Filner, according to published reports.
Filner, 70, is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit, as well as, two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Earlier this year, Filner resigned from office amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Follow updates on Breaking News. 
Photo credit: Bill Wechter / Getty Images via 10news.com

Former San Diego mayor pleads guilty to criminal charges

UPDATE (1:37 p.m. EDT): Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to three criminal counts related to the sexual harassment allegations that forced his resignation on Aug. 30.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:

Specifically, Filner pleaded guilty before Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta to one criminal count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The charges involve three unnamed women victims.

ORIGINAL POST (1:15 p.m. EDT):

ABC 10News San DiegoThe California attorney general’s office has charged former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner with one felony count of false imprisonment as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery.

The victims were identified as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. A grand jury had been hearing evidence against Filner, according to published reports.

Filner, 70, is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit, as well as, two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Earlier this year, Filner resigned from office amid a sexual harassment scandal.

Follow updates on Breaking News

Photo credit: Bill Wechter / Getty Images via 10news.com

NTSB won’t investigate Tennessee bus crash due to furloughs
The National Transportation Safety Board is not sending anyone to investigate yesterday’s deadly bus crash in Tennessee because the government shutdown furloughed all of its highway investigators, an NTSB official said.
"In this particular case I think it’s highly likely that we would have responded to it, but again, with our investigators furloughed, it’s impossible to do that," Sharon Bryson, deputy director of communications for the NTSB, told NBC News.
More updates on the bus crash and the government shutdown on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: Michael Patrick / Knoxville News Sentinel via AP

NTSB won’t investigate Tennessee bus crash due to furloughs

The National Transportation Safety Board is not sending anyone to investigate yesterday’s deadly bus crash in Tennessee because the government shutdown furloughed all of its highway investigators, an NTSB official said.

"In this particular case I think it’s highly likely that we would have responded to it, but again, with our investigators furloughed, it’s impossible to do that," Sharon Bryson, deputy director of communications for the NTSB, told NBC News.

More updates on the bus crash and the government shutdown on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Michael Patrick / Knoxville News Sentinel via AP

George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at same-sex wedding
HRC Blog: Former US President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine over the weekend.
The couple posted a photo of President Bush signing a set of documents at the  celebration. A rep confirmed that the former president and his wife were there as “private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.”
Photo via Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen

George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at same-sex wedding

HRC Blog: Former US President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine over the weekend.

The couple posted a photo of President Bush signing a set of documents at the  celebration. A rep confirmed that the former president and his wife were there as “private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.”

Photo via Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen

Rouhani to UN: Iran is not a threat
NBC News: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his country poses no threats to the world. He called sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy “violent — pure and simple.”
During his first address to the world body, Rouhani said he is prepared to engage in “time-bound” talks to solve dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Stan Honda/AFP-Getty Images)

Rouhani to UN: Iran is not a threat

NBC News: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his country poses no threats to the world. He called sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy “violent — pure and simple.”

During his first address to the world body, Rouhani said he is prepared to engage in “time-bound” talks to solve dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Stan Honda/AFP-Getty Images)

Tom DeLay’s money laundering conviction overturned

An appeals court in Texas has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2010 after he was accused of helping funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.Read more from KHOU 11.
Tom DeLay’s money laundering conviction overturned
An appeals court in Texas has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2010 after he was accused of helping funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Read more from KHOU 11.

Oklahoma governor blocks military same-sex benefits

AP: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s office confirms that she has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. This is despite a Pentagon directive to do so.

A spokesman said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters. In 2004, voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.

Photo via AP