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December 16, 2018

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest protesters are occupying dozens of traffic roundabouts in France, even as their movement for economic justice appears to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations. Some protesters remained Sunday despite a call by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to free the traffic roundabouts. Eight people have died in incidents tied to the yellow vest movement, mostly from traffic accidents linked to roads blocked by protesters.

PARIS (AP) — Residents of the eastern French city of Strasbourg filled a city square Sunday for a memorial to the four people shot dead and the dozen wounded by a gunman at their famous Christmas market. The hour-long ceremony took place in Kleber Square near the city’s Christmas market, near where the gunman opened fire on Tuesday evening.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation quickly passed through North Carolina’s legislature this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation would require new primary elections in the 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election. That would allow Republicans another look at Mark Harris, the Republican who led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in unofficial results.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment firm founded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner is betting big on the administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks. But New York-based Cadre isn’t that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. Cadre tells investors in marketing materials that it doesn’t plan to look for development deals in most of the Opportunity Zones because of their “unfavorable growth prospects.” It says it’ll target a “small subset” of zones where both populations and incomes are on the rise.

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