Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher's previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Dallas Tuesday to testify at an intellectual property lawsuit over his company's virtual reality headset. Zuckerberg arrived at the Earle Cabell Federal Building for the trial Tuesday morning, which began Jan. 10. ZeniMax Media, which owns Richardson-based id Software, filed the lawsuit claiming that Facebook-owned Oculus VR stole secrets and technology that led to the development of the headset. Zuckerberg testified Tuesday that he believes the allegations are false.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday Britain plans to make a clean break from the European Union and not opt for "anything that leaves us half-in, half-out."
In a major speech Tuesday, May said Britain won't "hold on to bits of membership," nor seek associate or partial membership of the bloc.
She said Britain will forge a "new and equal partnership" with Europe.
Britons voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June.
Setting out her vision for Britain, May said she wanted her country to emerge "stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than before."
She also said that Britain's parliament will get to vote on a final Brexit deal.
President-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter — instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka.
Trump retweeted a message from a Twitter user that said his daughter was "great, a woman with real character and class."
But the user tagged the wrong Ivanka, a mistake repeated by Trump — and the message was directed to a woman named Ivanka Majic in Brighton, southern England.
President Barack Obama has made a surprise visit to the final daily press briefing with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Obama praised Earnest Tuesday for "his smarts and his maturity," but added that one of his best qualities has been his integrity. Obama says Earnest is "tough and didn't always give you guys what you wanted," but that he tried to make sure to share as much of the administration's vision and policy as possible.
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General Motors is planning to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs.
The measures have been in the works for years, but were announced today after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.
In all, GM says it will create or keep 7,000 jobs in the next few years, including about 7,000 at factories.
Another 5,000 new positions will be created at its auto financing arm, and to develop new technologies.
While it may be hard to get your hands on a ticket to one of the three inaugural balls president-elect Donald Trump will attend Friday, there are a number of unofficial balls being held across the city.
A suburban Chicago man is back in the United States after surviving a mass shooting that left five dead Monday in a nightclub in Mexico. Ninmar Malk, of Niles, was attending the last night of the BPM Music Festival and was planning to fly home only hours later when gunfire erupted in the Blue Parrot Night Club. "About 2 a.m. you hear what sounds like a firework and you're not sure if it's part of the music," Malk said of the confusion that ensued.
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Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos says a one size-fits-all model of learning doesn't work and that she would promote charter, magnet, religious and other alternatives to public schools, if confirmed education secretary. But facing scathing criticism from teachers unions, who say she is seeking to destroy public education, DeVos also promised to be a "strong advocate for great public schools," which provide instruction to more than 90 percent of the country's students.
The man accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month will remain behind bars until his trial begins, with questions remaining about his motive. A hearing took place Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale to determine whether 26-year-old Esteban Santiago could be released on bail. Prosecutors wanted Santiago held in custody until trial, and a judge agreed. Santiago admitted to both the FBI and sheriff's deputies that he had planned the attack, and recounted the events of the day, according to prosecutors. But after initially saying he carried out the shooting due to mind control by the government, Santiago allegedly changed his story and said it was because of ISIS and chatrooms he visited.
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Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that the man was being questioned by police and expressed hope that the interrogation would unveil the "forces" behind the attack, which killed 39 people and has already been claimed by the Islamic State group.
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After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane.
The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which has helped lead the $160 million hunt for the Boeing 777 in remote waters west of Australia, said the search had officially been suspended after crews finished their fruitless sweep of the 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone.
Already taking aim at Mexico, President-elect Donald Trump is now warning he might enact a 35 percent "border tax" on Canadian and German automobile imports.
"You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax," Trump told the German newspaper Bild, in an interview published Monday.
"In the long term, the United States would be shooting itself in the foot by imposing tariffs or other trade barriers," said Matthias Wissmann, president of the German automotive industry association VDA.
Trump specifically focused on BMW, noting that it is building a plant in Mexico that would produce vehicles for the U.S. market. But BMW would not be alone among German automakers. Audi last year opened a Mexican plant that is now the sole global source for the newly redesigned Q5 sport-utility vehicle. And Mercedes-Benz is preparing to set up a joint venture with Nissan's Infiniti brand in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes, where it will produce some of its new entry-luxury models.
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An 18-year-old Denver woman was among five people killed when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in a popular Mexican resort, her brother said Monday.
Roberto Martinez told NBC News that his sister, Alejandra Villanueva, was killed in the attack at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen at around 2:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) on Monday. The gunman allegedly opened fire after being denied entrance to the BPM electronic music festival taking place inside.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico also "confirmed that an American citizen has been killed," on Twitter.
Aside from the other four people who were killed, four Americans were also injured,Quintana Roo Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said. Among them were Ignacio Valencia from Texas and Michael Angel Palenque from New York.
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