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Britain's Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson reacts as she is greeted by supporters as she gets off her campaign bus and then stands flanked by Humaira Ali, left, the Liberal Democrats candidate for Southwark and Old Bermondsey as she arrives to campaign at Cafe Amisha in the Southwark and Old Bermondsey constituency in south London, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
UK parties make election pitches to wary business leadersThe leaders of Britain’s three biggest national political parties are making their pitches to business leaders, trying to persuade skeptical industries that they can end years of economic uncertainty over Brexit
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This undated photo provided on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, by the North Korean government shows a parachuting drill of military sharpshooters at an unknown location in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a parachuting drill of military sharpshooters and vowed to build an “invincible army,” displaying more defiance even as the United States and South Korea called off their own exercises to create space for nuclear diplomacy. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for freeNorth Korea has responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the driver of United States USA-1, Steven Holcomb, acknowledges the crowd after the team won the bronze medal during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Holcomb is getting one last victory celebration. A long overdue one. More than 2-1/2 years after his death _ and almost six years removed from the bobsled races in question _ Holcomb and his team are about to finally be presented the silver medals that they should have received at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Holcomb and teammates Steven Langton, Chris Fogt and Curt Tomasevicz were originally awarded bronze medals, which were eventually upgraded after a long probe of the Russian doping scandal that now overshadows those games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)
Steven Holcomb’s Olympic legacy to grow, for a final timeSteven Holcomb’s family, and his bobsled teammates, set to finally receive silver medals from 2014 Sochi Games
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, left, shakes hands with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 41-7. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
On weekend of blowouts, Broncos bow outThe Denver Broncos jumped on top of the Minnesota Vikings 20-0 at halftime only to lose 27-23
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Indianapolis Colts' Jonathan Williams (33) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
NFL ICYMI: ‘Sell the team!’ chants at latest Skins debacleIn case you missed it in Week 11 of the NFL season: “Sell the team!” chants directed at Redskins owner Daniel Snyder during his disaster of a team’s latest debacle
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Today in History

Today is Monday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2019. There are 43 days left in the year.

On Nov. 18, 1987, the congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.

1865

Mark Twain's first literary success, the original version of his short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," was first published in the New York Saturday Press under the title "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog."

1883

the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.

1916

the World War I Battle of the Somme pitting British and French forces against German troops ended inconclusively after 4 1/2 months of bloodshed.

1959

"Ben-Hur," the Biblical-era spectacle starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York.

1963

the Bell System introduced the first commercial touch-tone telephone system in Carnegie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

1976

Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.

1978

U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by more than 900 cult members.

1987

a fire at London King's Cross railway station claimed 31 lives.

1991

Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland, the American dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut.

1999

12 people were killed when a bonfire under construction at Texas A-and-M University collapsed. A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but spared him the death penalty.

2003

the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-to-3 that the state constitution guaranteed gay couples the right to marry.

2004

Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales.

Ten years ago:

President Barack Obama visited the Great Wall of China, which he described as "magical," before heading to Seoul, South Korea, for the final stop of his eight-day Asia tour. Two days before turning 92, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., set a record for longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history at 56 years, 320 days. (That record was broken in 2013 by U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.)

Five years ago:

Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo, New York, area on a wintry day when temperatures fell to freezing or below in all 50 states. Israel vowed harsh retaliation for a Palestinian attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that left five people dead.

One year ago:

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded his bitterly-close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott, after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands of votes short of the outgoing governor. Finland’s president said he wasn’t sure where President Donald Trump got the idea that raking was part of Finland’s routine for managing its forests; Trump had told reporters a day earlier that wildfires weren’t a problem in Finland because crews “spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning” forest floors. For the first time since 1996, Army made it into the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, achieving a No. 23 ranking.

Today's Birthdays:

Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 80. Author-poet Margaret Atwood is 80. Actress Linda Evans is 77. Actress Susan Sullivan is 77. Country singer Jacky Ward is 73. Actor Jameson Parker is 72. Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci is 71. Rock musician Herman Rarebell is 70. Singer Graham Parker is 69. Actor Delroy Lindo is 67. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 66. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is 63. Actor Oscar Nunez is 61. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 59. Singer Kim Wilde is 59. Actor Tim Guinee is 57. Rock musician Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 57. Rock singer Tim DeLaughter (dee-LAW'-ter) is 54. Actor Romany Malco is 51. Actor Owen Wilson is 51. Actor Dan Bakkedahl is 51. Singer Duncan Sheik is 50. Actor Mike Epps is 49. Actress Peta Wilson is 49. Actress Chloe Sevigny (SEH'-ven-ee) is 45. Country singer Jessi Alexander is 43. Actor Steven Pasquale is 43. Rock musician Alberto Bof (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 42. Rapper Fabolous is 42. Actor-director Nate Parker is 40. Rapper Mike Jones is 39. Actress Mekia Cox is 38. Actress-comedian Nasim Pedrad (nah-SEEM' peh-DRAHD') is 38. Actress Allison Tolman is 38. Actress Christina Vidal is 38. Actor Damon Wayans Jr. is 37. Country singer TJ Osborne (Brothers Osborne) is 35. Fashion designer Christian Siriano is 34. Actor Nathan Kress is 27.

Thought for Today:

"Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them." _ Robertson Davies, Canadian author (1913-1995).

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