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Virginia House of Delegates election, 2017

A drawing is held to resolve a tied election between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican David Yancey, with Yancey being randomly chosen as the winner.

United

A United Airlines flight headed from Chicago to Hong Kong makes an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska, after a passenger allegedly became unruly.

A commercial airline flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Anchorage Thursday night because of an incident on board the aircraft.

Marijuana policy of the Donald Trump administration

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds three Obama-era memos that had adopted a policy of non-interference with states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty Thursday as it lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authori

North Korea-South Korea relations

North Korea accepts South Korea's proposal for official talks, and will meet on January 9 to discuss North Korea's possible involvement with the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. These are the first high-level talks between the Koreas in more than two years.

The talks will pave the way for North Korean athletes to attend the Winter Games in South Korea.

Iran-United States relations

The U.S. Treasury sanctions five Iranian entities associated with Iran's ballistic missile program.

The U.S. Treasury Department's actions come amid anti-government protests in Iran, which have received vocal support from the White House.

Pakistan-United States relations

The U.S. State Department suspends its security assistance to Pakistan.

The U.S. is suspending security assistance to Pakistan "until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against [terror] groups including the Afghani Taliban and the Haqqani Network," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday. The move comes after President Trump ramp...

January 2018 North American blizzard

A massive winter storm hits the East Coast of the United States with up to 18 inches of snow predicted to fall between The Carolinas and Maine. So far, three people have died in North Carolina and a person has died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems.

2018 Kroonstad train crash

A Shosholoza train collides with a vehicle at a crossing near Kroonstad in the Free State, South Africa, killing 19 and injuring at least 100 people.

At least 18 people were killed and nearly 270 wounded in the crash and fire, rescue workers say.

Munich Re

Munich Re reports that the insurance industry faces record claims of US$135 billion from natural catastrophes, such as the Mexico earthquakes, South Asian floods, California wildfires and Atlantic hurricanes in 2017. Overall economic losses from natural disasters are estimated at the second highest amount since 2011.

The insurance industry will pay record claims of US$135 billion from last year's spate of natural catastrophes, according to a report published by Munich R

Afghanistan War

A suicide bomber attack near a group of security personnel investigating illegal drugs and alcohol dealing in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 20, wounding another 27 policemen. The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack.

The bomber attacked a market where shopkeepers were staging a protest against the police. At least 30 people were also wounded in the attack, officials said.