A U.S. think tank uncovers evidence of China’s latest building projects in the heavily contested South China Sea. On Thursday, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported Beijing completed the construction of several facilities on islands in the region over the past year.
A 32-year-old firefighter who died battling the Thomas Fire in California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is identified. Cal Fire’s Chief says Corey Iverson died on Thursday while in the line of duty.
President Trump touts his administration’s advanced progress on deregulation, saying for every one new regulation — 22 are eliminated. From the White House Thursday, the president said this will allow the U.S. to build and create more jobs.
Connecticut is in deep trouble again as they continue to struggle with budget projections. A report released today indicates the New England state is $208 million in the hole only halfway into its budget year.
The Federal Communications Commission votes to repeal net neutrality rules. The agency voted three-to-two on party lines Thursday on Capitol Hill.
President Trump praises the progress of the GOP tax bill as the House and Senate work to pass a final version. In a tweet Thursday morning, the president said Republicans are working hard to include massive tax cuts in the legislation.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push Syria toward free elections. Staffan de Mistura has been overseeing Syrian peace negotiations for nearly two years.
A suicide bombing in Somalia kills at least 18 police officers and injures 15 other people. The terrorist attack took place Thursday at a police academy in the capital city of Mogadishu.
Less than a week after swiftly approving a stop-gap spending bill, Republicans introduce new legislation to keep the government up and running through January 19th. The House Appropriations Committee released the latest bill Wednesday, which will allow Congress more time to negotiate a longer-term spending bill.