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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and BeeGees co-founder Barry Gibb have been awarded knighthoods by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in her 2018 New Year honors list. 77-year-old Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, is the second Beatle to be knighted, 21 years after Paul McCartney. ... More than 1,100 people were honored this year, including 551 women. The list, which is drawn up by the government and approved by the Queen, recognizes the achievements and service of "extraordinary" people and includes politicians, academics, journalists, authors and athletes.


Billionaire Mark Cuban would narrowly beat President Trump in Texas if he were to run in 2020 as a Democrat, according to new data from left-leaning Public Policy Polling. The poll, released exclusively to Business Insider on Thursday, found that among Texas voters, 47 percent would prefer Cuban and 44 percent would vote to reelect Trump in the hypothetical matchup. Trump won 52.2 percent of the Texas vote in 2016, clinching the state's 38 electoral votes and continuing a long tradition of Republicans winning there.


New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged Republicans Thursday with intentionally crafting their tax bill to target Democratic-leaning states to pay for tax cuts that benefit Republicans. "This tax provision hits the blue states by eliminating the state and local tax deductibility and uses that money to finance the tax cut in the red states," Cuomo said on CNN's "New Day." Cuomo said the move to eliminate the state and local tax deduction "put a dagger in the heart of New York and California," and that the Republicans leading Congress basically said, "Let's pillage the blue to give to the red." "You want to hurt New York? You want to hurt California? They're the economic engines," Cuomo said.


Long after federal prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal charges against then-Sheriff Dave A. Clarke Jr. over his treatment of a fellow airline passenger, an FBI agent's request to search Clarke's private gmail account was filed in federal court late Thursday. In a March 7 affidavit in support of a search warrant request, Special Agent Jennifer Walkowski lays out the well-publicized January encounter between Clarke and Dan Black, and the ensuing hassle Black was subjected to by deputies at Clarke's direction in the January incident.


Police in Wichita, Kansas, shot and killed an unarmed man Thursday night at his home after they were called to the residence by a fake "swatting" caller claim to be an armed man was threatening his family. Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old man, was shot on his porch after police alleged that he moved an arm towards his waistband. The swatting call was allegedly made over an argument between two Call of Duty players. An address was exchanged in the chat and one player caused a swatting call to be made to that address. It was not the home of the player. Finch didn't play videogames, his family said.


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