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Two Officers Injured as Rally Ends in Violence: Hong Kong Update
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  • 2020-01-19 09:11:43Z

(Bloomberg) -- Two Hong Kong police officers were beaten at a rally in the city center that was dispersed as it descended into confusion and violent clashes.The officers, from the Police Community Liaison Office, the both suffered head wounds after being attacked with wooden sticks and other weapons near the gathering in Chater Garden in the Central business district. The meeting of thousands of protesters started peacefully with speeches and music but was dispersed when police ordered an end to it, citing violent behavior by protesters.Sunday's events followed a relative lull in the past weeks, after seven months of sometimes-violent protests that were ignited by a bill to allow...

AP Interview: Federer figures Nadal, Djokovic will pass him
AP Interview: Federer figures Nadal, Djokovic will pass him

Ending up in third place, Federer insists, would be just fine. ''I think the way it's going, obviously, Rafa and Novak will win more,'' Federer said matter-of-factly during a recent interview with The Associated Press in the city he uses as his preseason training base, ''

Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river
Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river

Vanessa Smallwood of Maple Shade, N.J., was 46 at the time of her disappearance. She was identified in a statement from New Jersey State Police.

Democrats, Trump Lawyers Preview Their Arguments Ahead of Trial
Democrats, Trump Lawyers Preview Their Arguments Ahead of Trial

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump's attorneys and the House Democrats managing his impeachment trial filed their first formal briefs in the case on Saturday, pursuing familiar arguments aimed more at influencing the voters than the senators who will be his jurors.In a 111-page trial brief, the seven Democratic impeachment managers say the president's pattern of misconduct made him a "threat to the nation and the rule of law." An initial six-page response from Trump's own lawyers takes aim at the House Democrats who investigated Trump, calling the impeachment probe a "brazen and unlawful" attempt to overturn the 2016 election.The Senate will begin its first impeachment trial in 20 years on...

Trump trial could be over in two weeks
Trump trial could be over in two weeks

Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial lasted five weeks; Andrew Johnson's went on for three months in 1868. If the White House and Republicans have their way, President Donald Trump's trial will be over in two weeks, just in time for him to celebrate his expected acquittal in the February 4 State of the Union Address.

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala
US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family's advocates. The family's advocates accuse the U.S. of disregarding the health of the children, ages 1 and 6, to push forward a plan currently being challenged in court to send planeloads of families to different countries so that they can seek asylum elsewhere. Both children have been hospitalized in recent days in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley.

ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC:
ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'
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  • 2020-01-19 00:23:51Z

Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four "immigration subpoenas" to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation. "This is not a request - it's a demand," Henry Lucero, a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, told The Associated Press. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said Saturday the city would review the subpoenas.

Report: LeBron James views Jason Kidd as only living peer for basketball intelligence
Report: LeBron James views Jason Kidd as only living peer for basketball intelligence

Vogel is a coach. That's enough. But LeBron also previously spread word of his desire to be coached by a former player.

House Democrats call Trump a
House Democrats call Trump a 'danger' to U.S. national security in formal argument for his removal

Trump's legal team told the Senate that impeachment was an attempt to overturn the 2016 election and that the articles were legally defective.

Trump lawyers present defense for
Trump lawyers present defense for 'dangerous' impeachment

It was the first time the team presented its arguments, modeled on those put forward since December by Trump and his fellow Republicans. White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be lead lawyer, backed by Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow.

White House Will Say That Democrats Trying to Overturn 2016
White House Will Say That Democrats Trying to Overturn 2016

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump's legal team says Democrats mounted a "brazen" bid to overturn the 2016 election, echoing the president's aggressive posture in the first formal White House response to impeachment proceedings in the U.S. Senate.Two people close to the team previewed how Trump's lawyers plan to mount his defense over the coming weeks, largely tracking public statements the president and his aides have given during the process.The officials spoke in a call with reporters conducted on the condition of anonymity before the six-page filing was released on Saturday That document will be followed on Monday by the team's complete legal brief in which they expand on their arguments.At...

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks
Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks
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  • 2020-01-18 23:15:23Z

Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to "disown" what he calls "doctored video" that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare. "There's a little doctored video going around ... put out by one of Bernie's people," Biden told supporters Saturday in Indianola, Iowa, referring to a 2018 speech in which Biden discussed then-House Speaker Paul Ryan saying rising deficit demanded action on the popular entitlement programs.

'Simply a lie,' Biden accuses Sanders campaign of releasing 'doctored' video
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  • 2020-01-18 22:13:55Z

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused rival Bernie Sanders's campaign on Saturday of disseminating a "doctored" video edited to falsely appear to show the former vice president supporting cutting Social Security, and called on the Sanders campaign to disown it. In response, Sanders' campaign refused to back down and continued to cite the video as evidence that Biden wants to limit the government-run retirement and disability program. With about two weeks until the primary selection process kicks off in Iowa, Sanders and his campaign have ramped up their attacks on opponents, escalating their criticism of Biden and fellow liberal U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Casemiro scores 2 as Madrid beats Sevilla 2-1
Casemiro scores 2 as Madrid beats Sevilla 2-1

Defensive specialist Casemiro scored two goals to give Real Madrid a 2-1 home win over Sevilla in the Spanish league on Saturday. The victory lifted Madrid into the lead and three points ahead of second-place Barcelona before the defending champions host Granada on Sunday. Barcelona holds the tiebreaker

In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies
In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies
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  • 2020-01-18 22:04:21Z

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - The Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country's system of government. "The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation's security," the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office. It was the first time Trump had formally addressed the merits of the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -...

MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl broke out Wednesday at the prison known as USP Lee between the MS-13 leader and a fellow inmate associated with the Mexican Mafia, and the gang member was stabbed, the people said. The Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that the inmate was injured but survived the attack.

Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico
Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the director of the island's emergency management agency Saturday after the discovery of a warehouse filled with water, cots and other supplies as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. Vázquez said the inaction of Carlos Acevedo was unacceptable. Vázquez said she ordered an investigation, noting that the goods had sat unused since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.

A startup company took billions of photos from Facebook and other websites to create a facial-recognition database, and hundreds of law-enforcement agencies are using it
A startup company took billions of photos from Facebook and other websites to create a facial-recognition database, and hundreds of law-enforcement agencies are using it

Law enforcement is using a database of billions of photos scraped from social media sites, likely against policy, by an unknown startup company.

Pregnant Jamie Otis Poses Naked While Showing Off Her Baby Bump:
Pregnant Jamie Otis Poses Naked While Showing Off Her Baby Bump: 'It's the Best'

Pregnant Jamie Otis Poses Naked While Showing Off Her Baby Bump

National Archives removes exhibit that altered images of Women
National Archives removes exhibit that altered images of Women's March
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  • 2020-01-18 21:21:00Z

The U.S. National Archives, home to foundational documents such as the Bill of Rights, apologized on Saturday for altering images critical of President Donald Trump at an exhibit on women's fight for voting rights and said it had removed the display. The entrance to the Washington exhibit had featured interlaced photographs of a 1913 women's suffrage march and the Women's March that took place on Jan. 21, 2017, each visible from a different angle. "We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again," the Archives said in statement.

National Archives:
National Archives: 'We made a mistake' altering Trump photos

The National Archives said Saturday it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women's suffrage. The archives said the photo in question is not one of its archival records, but rather was licensed for use as a promotional graphic in the exhibit. The exhibit about the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, blurred some anti-Trump messages on protest signs in a photo of the 2017 Women's March in Washington.

Space is pitch black, so why will US Space Force members wear camo uniforms?

Some on social media ridiculed a photo of the uniforms, but the Space Force says they make perfect sense.

Murkowski wants to hear case before deciding on witnesses
Murkowski wants to hear case before deciding on witnesses

Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's comfortable waiting to decide if more information is needed as part of the Senate's impeachment trial until after hearing arguments from House managers and attorneys for President Donald Trump and questions from members. Murkowski spoke to reporters

Space Force flies through Twitter flak after unveiling camo uniforms in earthy tones
Space Force flies through Twitter flak after unveiling camo uniforms in earthy tones

The newly minted U.S. Space Force unveiled its uniform on Friday - and defended its fashion statement against Twitter criticism that the camouflage color scheme should have been more spacey. Less than a month after the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces came into existence, the Space Force showed off the utility uniform in a tweet, saying that the service's nametape and U.S. Space Command patch have "touched down at the Pentagon." The uniform will presumably be worn by thousands of Space Force personnel as they go about their duties, monitoring America's space assets from ground-based installations around the… Read More

220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police
220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police

Clashes between police and Lebanese protesters wounded more than 220 people on both sides Saturday in the highest such tally in three months of anti-establishment demonstrations. The sound of ambulance sirens rang out across Beirut as the Red Cross reported 80 wounded had been taken to hospital and 140 more were treated on site. The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 revived this week as a deepening economic crisis increases pressure to form a new government.

Countdown to death: Trump details Soleimani
Countdown to death: Trump details Soleimani's end
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  • 2020-01-18 20:13:53Z

Cameras "miles in the sky", a countdown and then "boom": US President Donald Trump has recounted the final moments of Iran's powerful General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike. Trump delivered the account Friday night to Republican Party donors gathered at his Florida residence Mar-a-Lago for a fundraising dinner, US media said. It killed the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander and members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

National Archives apologizes for blurring picture of anti-Trump Women
National Archives apologizes for blurring picture of anti-Trump Women's March signs

The Archives said the photo was "not an archival record" and was instead a photo used as a promotional graphic for an exhibit on women's suffrage.

Meghan and Harry will need taxpayer funded security
Meghan and Harry will need taxpayer funded security 'for years to come'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will need to be protected at taxpayers' expense against the threat of terror attacks and kidnap for years to come, security experts have said. Police and former security chiefs fear the couple will continue to be at risk from organised terror groups, political fanatics and lone obsessives long after they separate from the Royal family. Talks are understood to be taking place at senior levels over the best way of providing protection for Meghan and Prince Harry as they divide their time between Britain and their new life in North America. But there are fears among some experts that palace and government officials may be underestimating both the potential...

PGA Tour backstopping controversy returns as Kevin Na yells, "Hit my ball!" to playing partner
PGA Tour backstopping controversy returns as Kevin Na yells, "Hit my ball!" to playing partner

On Friday night, the tour tweeted video of a spectacular bunker shot by Russell Knox during the second round of the American Express. It didn't take long, though, for people to focus not on the shot itself, but what happened while Knox's golf ball rolled toward the hole.

Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor Show
Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor Show

Police in Brussels said they arrested around 150 people at the Brussels Motor Show on Saturday after Extinction Rebellion campaigners smeared cars with fake blood and staged die-ins around the displays. The activists would be released once they had given their identity, a police spokesman told AFP. "This action of mass civil disobedience aims at denouncing the many lies which car manufacturers keep selling to the public to increase their sales at the cost of the environment, people's health and social justice," the statement added.

Thousands gather for Women
Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US
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  • 2020-01-18 18:36:36Z

Hundred showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C. for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

2020 Democratic White House hopefuls court teachers in pivotal Iowa
2020 Democratic White House hopefuls court teachers in pivotal Iowa
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  • 2020-01-18 18:32:17Z

Democrats vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination courted Iowa's teachers on Saturday by promising to oust U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and appoint someone who has taught in public schools. The pledges to remove DeVos, who has used her post in the Trump administration to advocate for school choice, vouchers and charter schools, drew the most enthusiastic applause at the Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA) legislative contest. The ISEA, a member of the National Education Association, represents 34,000 teachers in Iowa, which on Feb. 3 will host the first state nominating contest to pick a Democratic candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.

House Dems to outline case for removing Trump from office
House Dems to outline case for removing Trump from office
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  • 2020-01-18 17:50:26Z

House Democrats were preparing to outline their case for removing President Donald Trump from office in a legal brief due Saturday, as opposing sides in the impeachment case look ahead to the opening of the historic trial in the Senate. The submission of the legal brief, due by 5 p.m. Saturday, follows the latest revelations in the case against Trump. Democrats on Friday released more information - documents, text messages, audio and photos - turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Inside look at Melania Trump
Inside look at Melania Trump's daily diet, including her favorite meal

A former model, Melania is no stranger to a healthy lifestyle.

Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death -CNN
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  • 2020-01-18 16:16:59Z

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN. With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed. The president spoke in a ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event that raised $10 million for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and for the Republican National Committee.

Text messages show Devin Nunes
Text messages show Devin Nunes' aide had extensive communications with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about Trump's Ukraine efforts

The messages provide key new evidence that Nunes' team was aware of and involved in Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Women
Women's March organizers hope to re-energize protests, draw thousands despite 'marcher fatigue'

Though the first Women's March drew millions of protesters, organizers hope recent events with Iran and Trump will draw thousands to rally Saturday

How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders
How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders

WASHINGTON -- The first version of the conspiracy theory was hatched on Twitter on Jan. 10."Don't rule out that the reason Pelosi hasn't sent impeachment to the Senate is to hurt Warren and Sanders, and to help Biden," Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for President

They
They 'Would Love to See a Woman in Office,' but It's Not Priority No. 1

WINTERSET, Iowa -- Almost exactly three years ago, Leila Schlenker marveled at the crowds at the Women's March in Des Moines, which drew more than 26,000 people to the grounds of the state Capitol and reminded her of the large social protests of the 1960s.Her daughter, now a mother herself, used

'Peaceful' gun rally is now sparking fears of violence

Thousands of activists from across the country are expected to descend on the Virginia state Capitol on Monday to rally against sweeping new gun control proposals supported by state Democrats.But the rally in Richmond -- billed as a peaceful event to lobby lawmakers to defend Second Amendment rights

Trump Targets Michelle Obama
Trump Targets Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Guidelines on Her Birthday

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved on Friday to roll back school nutrition standards championed by Michelle Obama, an effort long sought by food manufacturers and some school districts that have chafed at the cost of Obama's prescriptions for fresh fruit and vegetables.The proposed rule

Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying
Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying 'Bad Things'
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  • 2020-01-18 15:07:33Z

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump gave a new justification for killing Qassem Soleimani, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the top Iranian general was "saying bad things about our country.""How much are we going to listen to?" Trump said Friday, according to remarks from a fundraiser obtained by CNN. He also used a vulgar expression to describe the nature of Soleimani's comments.Trump spoke amid a brewing controversy in Washington, where some lawmakers, especially Democrats, have said the White House has repeatedly shifted its justification for the Jan. 3 strike, which pushed Washington and Tehran to the brink of war.The drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani came...

The Sanders campaign looked into whether Warren could serve as vice president and treasury secretary at the same time, according to report
The Sanders campaign looked into whether Warren could serve as vice president and treasury secretary at the same time, according to report

Bernie Sanders reportedly researched whether Elizabeth Warren could hold two roles in his cabinet, and lawyers found no reason why she couldn't.

Impeachment week ahead: House, Trump to file written arguments before Senate trial resumes Tuesday
Impeachment week ahead: House, Trump to file written arguments before Senate trial resumes Tuesday

Here are the deadlines and what is expected to happen this weekend and next week in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Can senators who have already voiced opinions do
Can senators who have already voiced opinions do 'impartial justice' at Trump impeachment trial?

The oath is administered any time the Senate considers impeachment. Previous trials show lawmakers have used their own judgment to follow its intent.

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs
Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs
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  • 2020-01-18 14:33:42Z

Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain - the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll probably support a motion to call witnesses, aligning herself with Democrats. Collins, 67, has embraced that approach for nearly 24 years in the Senate, even as compromise has grown increasingly scarce and politically perilous in the age of the retaliation-prone Trump.

Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show
Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show
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  • 2020-01-18 13:52:40Z

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked as his envoy in Ukraine, communicated with a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about an effort to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, documents released Friday night by House Democrats revealed.The evidence shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to Nunes, communicated extensively with Parnas and sought to speak with Ukrainian prosecutors who were giving Giuliani information about Biden, reports The Washington Post. The documents corroborate Parnas' own claims about Nunes's office's involvement in the scheme.Parnas has said President Trump and his associates...

Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert
Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert
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  • 2020-01-18 13:38:41Z

Behind the scenes, GOP consultant Thomas Hofeller was worried that Democrats were far ahead of Republicans in collecting data that could help them draw districts in their favor following the next round of redistricting that will occur after the 2020 census. Hofeller died in August 2018 after a battle with cancer. Stephanie Hofeller did not respond to a request for comment sent through her lawyer.

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools
Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools
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  • 2020-01-18 13:21:50Z

A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools.

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia
Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia
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  • 2020-01-18 13:20:43Z

Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists. What is provoking their anger in this once reliably conservative state is the new Democratic majority leadership and its plans to enact a slew of gun restrictions. This clash of old and new has made Virginia - determined to prevent a replay of the Charlottesville violence in 2017 - ground zero in the nation's raging debate over gun control.

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