Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

Japan's H-IIB rocket with a capsule called Kounotori, or stork, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, southern Japan, Friday evening, Dec. 9, 2016. The Japanese capsule contains nearly 5 tons of food, water and other supplies, including new lithium-ion batteries for the International Space Station’s solar power system. (Ryosuke Uematsu/Kyodo News via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff.

Syrian government says ready to resume dialogue with opposition: state media

The Syrian government on Friday said it was ready to resume dialogue with the Syrian opposition, but without external intervention or preconditions, a statement carried by state news agency SANA said, citing a foreign ministry source. The statement said Syria was responding to comments by United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura on Thursday that it was time to look again at political discussions, and said Syria was ready to resume "Syrian-Syrian dialogue".
Health stocks rebound as US indexes keep setting records

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset, in lower Manhattan. Global stocks continued to rise Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher Friday morning as major indexes continue to set records. Technology companies are rising on company earnings. Health care and household goods companies also trading higher after lagging the market over the last few weeks.

Bomb blasts kill 30 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army says two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67.
Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for producer Mark Burnett said Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, that President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on "The New Celebrity Apprentice." The series, which was taped last February, debuts Jan. 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Trump as host.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show.

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