Most global stock markets advance … Partial gov’t shutdown likely to continue in 2019 … Nationwide outage hits CenturyLink
BEIJING (AP) -Most global stock markets advanced today while Japan edged down following Wall Street’s rally after a turbulent week. In early trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.7 percent, France’s CAC 40 advanced 0.7 percent and London’s FTSE 100 added 0.1 percent. Most Asian markets advanced, but Tokyo’s Nikkei shed 0.3 percent. Wall Street is expected to open lower, with Dow and S&P futures both down.
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s looking increasingly like the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year. Now nearly a week old, the impasse is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on varied public services. Gates are closed at some national parks, the government won’t issue new federal flood insurance policies and in New York, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving U.S. government lawyers, including several civil lawsuits in which Donald Trump himself is a defendant.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – No word yet on how many CenturyLink customers were affected by an internet outage that began early in the day Thursday. Even some Verizon customers were affected. By Thursday night, Century Link tweeted that its engineers had identified a “network element” that was affecting services and expected to fully restore services within hours. A member of the Federal Communications Commission tweeted that it was a nationwide outage.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea says it’s responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South. A regional office of the Hana resettlement center says it’s been notifying affected defectors after discovering last week that one of its computers had been breached sometime around November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver who accused the tech entrepreneur of falsely calling him a pedophile. Wednesday’s court filing argues that the public knew from the outset that Musk’s insults were not intended to be statements of fact. Musk called diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk’s efforts to help rescue young soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand.