AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The first U.S. execution of 2017 was held on Wednesday when Texas lethally injected a man convicted of killing two men in a revenge plot after one had tricked him in a $20 drug deal. Christopher Wilkins, 48, was pronounced dead at 6:29 p.m. local time (0029 GMT Thursday) after the injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a press release. There…"Texas executes man convicted of killing two over $20 drug deal"
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Agriculture said late on Wednesday that a bird flu outbreak, the country’s fifth since last October, hit a goose farm in its southern Hunan province, killing 1,054 birds. The outbreak in Yuanjiang, a city of more than 700,000 people, was confirmed as a case of the H5N6 strain of the virus, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Local government culled a further 2,067 birds after the…"China's Fifth Bird Flu Outbreak Hits Goose Farm in Hunan Province"
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China’s sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan."Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait"
CHICAGO (Reuters) – With a final shout of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the country transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump."In final address, Obama touts values and prods Trump"
DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles <FCHA.MI> <FCAU.N> on Sunday said it will invest $1 billion to modernize two plants in the U.S. Midwest and create 2,000 jobs, upping the ante as automakers respond to threats from President-elect Donald Trump to slap new taxes on imported vehicles."Fiat Chrysler ups the ante as automakers respond to Trump"
By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – A gunman wearing a “Star Wars” T-shirt opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people died and eight were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff’s office said."Gunman opens fire at Ft. Lauderdale airport, killing five"