LONDON

Lawmakers skeptical

of Brexit proposal

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced wide-ranging criticism from skeptical lawmakers Thursday as she sought to portray a draft agreement on a post-Brexit relationship with the European Union as a "good deal for our country."

Addressing the House of Commons after the publication of a 26-page draft political declaration with the EU on post-Brexit relations, May said the agreement will ensure a "smooth and orderly" British departure from the European Union. Britain officially leaves the 28-nation EU — the first country to ever do so — on March 29.

May is due to travel to Brussels on Saturday for further Brexit meetings, including with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a day before a summit of the EU's 27 other leaders at which both the political declaration on post-Brexit relations as well as the divorce agreement, which alone has legal status, are expected to be formally signed off.

 

WARSAW, Poland

Funeral held for nun

who sheltered Jews

A Polish nun who was believed to be the oldest nun in the world and was recognized as a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust was laid to rest on Thursday after dying last week at the age of 110.

Sister Cecylia Roszak was remembered as modest and merciful as nuns and other members of the church gathered in Krakow to bid her farewell.

During the German occupation of Poland during World War II, when she was in her 30s, Sister Cecylia was one of several nuns who set up a new convent near Vilnius, today in Lithuania, sheltering Jews who had escaped the ghetto there.

 

TOKYO

Nissan fires chairman

after his arrest

Nissan Motor Co. fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman Thursday, curtailing the executive's nearly two-decade reign at the Japanese automaker after his arrest for alleged financial improprieties.

Nissan said in a statement that its own internal investigation found serious misconduct, including under-reporting of his income and misuse of company assets.

Ghosn, 64, is suspected of under-reporting $44.6 million in income from 2011 to 2015, according to Tokyo prosecutors.

 

CHICO, Calif.

Residents have feast

put on by volunteers

Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving.

But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her children at a feast for thousands of people put on by volunteers.

"Today we're grateful; I don't know about happy," she said.

At least 83 people died, and more than 13,000 homes were destroyed in the wildfire that ripped through Paradise and surrounding communities.

The blaze was 90 percent contained Thursday, two weeks after it began. Rain that fell Wednesday night and started against Thursday afternoon aided the firefight but complicated the search for human remains in the debris left by the blaze.

 

KIRKLAND, Wash.

City workers to get

training after incident

Employees of a Seattle suburb will undergo implicit bias training after police asked a black man to leave a frozen yogurt shop because employees said he made them feel uncomfortable.

The Seattle Times reported Thursday that Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett and police Chief Cherie Harris will also include members of the city council in the training.

Police on Nov. 7 asked 31-year-old Byron Ragland to leave Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, where he was supervising a court-sanctioned outing by a mother and her son.

Outrage led police to announce they have launched an internal investigation, and the city apologized Monday.

 

WELLFLEET, Mass.

Sea turtles found dead,

frozen in cold snap

Animal rescue volunteers say more than four-dozen sea turtles have died of exposure after washing ashore in frigid conditions on Cape Cod.

The Cape Cod Times reports that low temperatures and high winds combined to kill most of the 50 turtles that washed up Thursday in Brewster, Orleans and Eastham.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says about 350 sea turtles have come ashore since Oct. 22. They include Kemp's ridley turtles, green turtles and loggerhead turtles.

Spokeswoman Jenette Kerr says most of the animals being brought to the sanctuary are dead and in some cases literally frozen. Biologists say the turtles are stunned by the cold water in Cape Cod Bay, which shuts down their metabolisms and renders them unable to move.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires