Shutdown, Elizabeth Warren, Happy New Year: Your Monday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. The ninth day of the federal government’s partial shutdown brought us no closer to an end to the impasse that has affected 800,000 federal workers and shuttered parts of nine cabinet-level departments. President Trump has repeatedly called allies to…

Teen accused of abusing girl for years

NORWALK, Iowa — A Norwalk man is accused of sexually abusing a girl for six years. Jayson Crow, 18, is now facing a second-degree sexual abuse charge. Authorities say he abused a girl from the time she was 6 until she was 12. He was released from jail over the weekend and is set to…

Pete Tong NYE ‘balloon drop’ cancelled after protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Manila resort had hoped to get into the Guinness book of World Records A plan to break records by releasing 130,000 balloons at a resort in the Philippines on New Year’s Eve has been cancelled after a backlash over its potential environmental impact. The party, at Okada Manila, is…

As Ukraine and Russia Battle Over Orthodoxy, Schism Looms

CHERNYTSYA, Ukraine — Ukraine is on the verge of opening the biggest schism in Christianity in centuries, as it breaks from the authority of a Moscow-based patriarch and this week expects to formally gain recognition for its own church, taking tens of millions of followers. Intensifying a millennium-old religious struggle freighted with 21st century geopolitical…

Apartment building evacuated after roof collapses, traps child

CINCINNATI — Residents in a West Price Hill apartment building are finding another place to stay after the building’s roof collapsed in on them. It happened early Monday morning at the Wyoming Crossing Apartments at 1905 Wyoming Ave. “My kids were sleeping, and I just heard it falling and it just sounded like the end…

Activision Blizzard plans to fire its CFO for an unspecified cause

Patrick Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Attendees visit the Activision Blizzard Inc. display at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Activision Blizzard shares moved down 1 percent in after-hours trading on Monday after the company said that it has informed its chief financial officer, Spencer Neumann, that…

Edinburgh torchlight procession creates giant Scotland map

Image copyright Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Hundreds of torch bearers have created a huge map of Scotland to mark the start of Edinburgh’s three-day Hogmanay festival. Thousands of people snaked their way down the Royal Mile and past the Scottish Parliament to Holyrood Park where the outline of Scotland was lit up. At least 20,000 participants and…

Houstonian Tony Albert arrested after heading to fulfill a prophecy in Seguin

SEGUIN, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston man has been arrested after allegedly being on his way to fulfill a ‘prophecy’ at an unidentified church. The man, identified as 33-year-old Tony Albert, was spotted just before 7 a.m. allegedly carrying a handgun in the 2400 block of West Kingsbury Street. An off-duty police officer observed Albert…

Manchester Victoria station stabbing: Three injured

Image caption A man has been arrested and officers remain at the scene Three people – including a police officer – have been stabbed by a man wielding a knife at Manchester Victoria railway station. A man and woman were taken to hospital with knife injuries after the attack at about 20:50 GMT, British Transport…