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Fourteen U.S. states sue EPA for
Fourteen U.S. states sue EPA for 'gutting' chemical plant safety protections
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  • 2020-01-29 18:51:53Z

Fourteen U.S. states and Washington D.C. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to fight what they called the Trump administration's effort to gut rules meant to improve safety at chemical plants and reduce the threat of accidents. The states petitioned the federal appeals court in

Lyft plans restructuring, job cuts - NYT
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  • 2020-01-29 18:43:35Z

Lyft Inc plans to announce a restructuring that will result in job cuts, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Rival Uber Technologies Inc has promised it would achieve adjusted EBITDA profitability by the end of 2021.

Fairbanks man sentenced in 2016 killing of police sergeant
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  • 2020-01-29 18:43:20Z

A man convicted of killing a Fairbanks police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to 119 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 32, for the shooting death of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. Current and former law enforcement officers, along with former Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson, packed the courtroom for the sentencing.

After Russia, China veto, U.N. says medical aid for Syria stuck in Iraq
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  • 2020-01-29 18:37:48Z

Truckloads of medical aid for civilians in Syria's northeast is stuck in Iraq, the United Nations aid chief said on Wednesday, after Russia and China prevented the U.N. Security Council from renewing authorization for the cross-border deliveries. Earlier this month, the council allowed a six-year-long cross-border aid operation to continue from two places in Turkey, but dropped crossing points from Iraq and Jordan due to opposition by Russia and China.

FACTBOX-How the North American trade deal will affect autos, digital trade, drugs
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  • 2020-01-29 18:36:26Z

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday modernizes the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been blamed for hollowing out the U.S. manufacturing sector. Passed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 16, the trade deal still needs to be approved by Canada's Parliament before it takes effect. Mexico has already ratified the pact.

Man accused in shootings pleads not guilty to lawyer attack
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  • 2020-01-29 18:34:55Z

A man accused of shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he attacked his own lawyer, who was hospitalized with head injuries. Dale Holloway, 37, of Manchester, was indicted this month on six assault charges. WMUR-TV reports that in court Wednesday, Holloway's new lawyer, Donna Brown, had questions about the assault charges, many of which were similar.

Scottish Parliament urges post-Brexit independence vote
Scottish Parliament urges post-Brexit independence vote
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  • 2020-01-29 18:22:41Z

Scotland's Parliament voted Wednesday to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence, a move intended to increase political pressure on the British government as the U.K. leaves the European Union. A binding referendum can't take place without the British government's agreement, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson this month turned down the Scottish government's request for one on the independence question.

Morocco 'appreciates' Mideast peace plan, says needs acceptance by parties
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  • 2020-01-29 18:21:50Z

Morocco is a close ally of the United States and added in the statement that it hopes for "a constructive peace process" offering "a realistic, applicable, equitable and lasting solution" to the dispute.

US STOCKS-Apple, Boeing lift Wall Street ahead of Fed decision
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  • 2020-01-29 18:13:20Z

U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday, boosted by shares of Apple, Boeing and General Electric following their results, while investors assessed the economic damage of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Reserve is also in focus, with the central bank expected to release its monetary policy statement at 2:00 pm ET, followed by Chairman Jerome Powell's news conference.

EXPLAINER-Inside the plans for Trump's expanded travel ban
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  • 2020-01-29 18:13:03Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to expand his travel ban to bar people from several additional countries, a move that could again reignite questions about whether the policy discriminates against Muslims. Trump said during a visit to Davos, Switzerland, last week that his administration planned to add "a couple of countries" to the ban, but did not give further details. According to a source familiar with a draft version, the tentative list of nations included Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

U.S. state debates criminal charges for treating trans teens
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  • 2020-01-29 18:12:32Z

Lawmakers in South Dakota are on Wednesday due to vote on a proposed law that would see doctors jailed for giving puberty-blocking drugs to transgender children, the latest in a slew of such bills sweeping the United States. The ban has strong support in the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but its critics say the drugs play a crucial role in allowing trans children struggling with the onset of puberty to hit pause. "One of the biggest problems for these kids is ... their sense of who they are isn't matching their body," South Dakota psychologist Anne Dilenschneider told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Rapper Fetty Wap likely to see charges in Vegas fight tossed
Rapper Fetty Wap likely to see charges in Vegas fight tossed
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  • 2020-01-29 18:09:49Z

A judge has agreed to dismiss charges against Fetty Wap stemming from a fight last year at a Las Vegas hotel if the rapper stays out of trouble. An attorney for Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, entered into the agreement with prosecutors Monday to toss the misdemeanor battery charges in July, court records show. Fetty Wap was arrested Sept. 1 after he was accused of hitting a security officer who arrived to break up a scuffle at a valet area of The Mirage resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Argentina needs policy clarity to reinvigorate economy: IMF
Argentina needs policy clarity to reinvigorate economy: IMF
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  • 2020-01-29 18:05:14Z

"As new public policies are announced it will decrease uncertainty, which is very high in the Argentine economy," said Alejandro Werner, the IMF's director for the Western Hemisphere. Argentina is gearing up to restructure around $100 billion in sovereign debt, including part of a $57 billion credit facility that the IMF extended the country in 2018.

Deputies save kidnapped Tennessee woman screaming for help in 18-wheeler, SC cops say
Deputies save kidnapped Tennessee woman screaming for help in 18-wheeler, SC cops say
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  • 2020-01-29 18:01:48Z

Authorities in Tennessee alerted the Sheriff's Office that the suspect might be in the area, officials say.

CORRECTED-KLM says it will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak
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  • 2020-01-29 18:01:03Z

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak in the North Asian country, it said late on Wednesday. Starting on Friday, direct flights to Chengdu and Hangzhou will be suspended, while the number flights to Shanghai will be reduced from 11 to 7 per week. Service to Beijing has not been affected, KLM said in a statement.

Greta Thunberg seeks to trademark her name to stem misuse
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  • 2020-01-29 17:59:12Z

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Instagram on Wednesday she has applied to register her name and that of the Fridays For Future movement she founded in 2018, which has gone global and catapulted her to international fame. Thunberg said she had also applied to trademark "Skolstrejk for klimatet", school strike for the climate in Swedish - the wording on the placard she has held since she started her one-person protest outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, for whih she missed school. Thunberg, who took centre stage at the Global Economic Forum in Davos this month, and her fellow young activists in the movement want politicians to listen to climate scientists and take action...

Flint official who gave Nazi salute loses leadership roles
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  • 2020-01-29 17:56:47Z

A Flint city councilman who gave a Nazi salute to the council's leader and compared her to Adolf Hitler during a public meeting has been stripped of his council leadership roles. The Flint City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to remove Councilman Eric Mays as finance committee chair and council vice president during yet another heated meeting, The Flint Journal reported. Mays and Council President Monica Galloway verbally clashed at a Jan. 13 council meeting and when Galloway sought to move on to another point on the agenda, Mays accused her of being rude and of acting like Hitler.

Argentina needs policy clarity to reinvigorate economy -IMF
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  • 2020-01-29 17:55:44Z

Greater certainty around Argentina's public policies could help reactivate growth and investments in the recession-hit South American country, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. "As new public policies are announced it will decrease uncertainty, which is very high in the Argentine economy," said Alejandro Werner, the IMF's director for the Western Hemisphere.

Keep calm and work at home: order prevails at virus-hit German firm
Keep calm and work at home: order prevails at virus-hit German firm
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  • 2020-01-29 17:53:34Z

Four of their co-workers have contracted the coronavirus after a colleague from China visited the firm and their factory has been temporarily closed, but staff at German auto parts supplier Webasto insist they are not worried, even as the global death toll rises. The firm later announced three additional co-workers had tested positive for the flu-like virus.

Parnas, former Ukraine fixer, shows up outside Trump trial
Parnas, former Ukraine fixer, shows up outside Trump trial
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  • 2020-01-29 17:48:57Z

Lev Parnas, an indicted businessman who says he worked to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of President Donald Trump's political rivals, traveled to Washington on Wednesday for Trump's impeachment trial -- but he was turned away at the U.S. Capitol. Trailed by TV cameras, photographers and a sign that read "FAIR TRIAL," Parnas posed for selfies with a pink-hatted woman as he walked from Union Station to the U.S. Capitol building. "It's a surreal feeling," Parnas said.

Keep calm and work at home: order prevails at virus-hit German firm
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  • 2020-01-29 17:46:00Z

Four of their co-workers have contracted the coronavirus after a colleague from China visited the firm and their factory has been temporarily closed, but staff at German auto parts supplier Webasto insist they are not worried, even as the global death toll rises. The firm later announced three additional co-workers had tested positive for the flu-like virus.

White House tells Bolton his manuscript has classified material, cannot be published
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  • 2020-01-29 17:43:07Z

The White House has informed former national security adviser John Bolton that his book manuscript appeared to contain "significant amounts of classified information" and could not be published in its current form. "Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information," the letter said.

UK PM Johnson plans "respectful" Brexit celebration
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  • 2020-01-29 17:42:29Z

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be respectful in his celebrations on Friday when Britain leaves the European Union, mindful that Brexit still divides the country. "In common with everybody else, I will be making a dignified exit from the European Union," he said during a live Facebook broadcast in which he answers questions submitted by members of the public. Britain leaves the bloc at 2300 GMT - an event that is due to be marked with celebrations across the country - including outside parliament - but which will be lamented by many who voted against it in 2016 after a divisive referendum campaign.

Arabs prioritise key ties with U.S. against Iran in reacting to Trump peace plan
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  • 2020-01-29 17:41:09Z

RIYADH/CAIRO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Arab powers appear to be prioritising close ties with the United States that are vital to countering Iran over traditional unswerving support for the Palestinians in their reaction to President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. At a White House event on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump proposed creating a Palestinian state but demilitarised and with borders drawn to meet Israeli security needs, while granting U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank land and of Jerusalem as Israel's indivisible capital.

Parnas, former Ukraine fixer, shows up outside Trump trial
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  • 2020-01-29 17:38:29Z

Lev Parnas, an indicted businessman who says he worked to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of President Donald Trump's political rivals, created a chaotic sideshow Wednesday as he traveled to Washington for Trump's impeachment trial. Trailed by TV cameras, photographers and a sign that read "FAIR TRIAL," Parnas posed for selfies with a pink-hatted woman as he walked from Union Station to the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to view the Senate's trial. "It's a surreal feeling," Parnas said.

Kuwait welcomes U.S. bid to end Arab-Israeli conflict - state news agency
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  • 2020-01-29 17:35:05Z

Kuwait "highly appreciates" U.S. efforts to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, a day after U.S President Donald Trump announced a new peace plan. The statement, cited by the state news agency, reiterated Kuwait's commitment to an independent Palestinian state based on its borders before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967. Kuwait is an ally of the United States in the Gulf region.

Connecticut's largest city enforces curfew after shooting
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  • 2020-01-29 17:25:52Z

Connecticut's largest city is asking police to enforce a youth curfew following a shooting outside a courthouse that left four people in the hospital. Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said at a news conference Tuesday that the department increased patrols across the city immediately after the shooting. The victims of the shooting were sitting in a car outside Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday afternoon when someone in a passing SUV opened fire, police said at the time.

Ukraine and separatists to pull back troops from a new area
Ukraine and separatists to pull back troops from a new area
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  • 2020-01-29 17:24:25Z

Ukrainian negotiators and Russia-backed separatists on Wednesday agreed on another area to disengage their troops in eastern Ukraine. The talks of between representatives of Ukraine, the separatists, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The negotiators discussed new confidence building measures to pave way for a meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany scheduled for April in Berlin.

Polygamy, fraud and luxury cars on tap in Utah trial
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  • 2020-01-29 17:23:23Z

Openings arguments are set Wednesday in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. Dermen has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts, including money laundering and mail fraud.

1 critically injured in Los Angeles high-rise apartment fire
1 critically injured in Los Angeles high-rise apartment fire
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  • 2020-01-29 17:22:32Z

Los Angeles firefighters rescued terrified residents from the rooftop of a 25-story high-rise apartment building where a fire broke out on a sixth-floor balcony and sent choking smoke billowing through the upper levels. At one point firefighters lifted a small white dog into the helicopter. Deputy Fire Chief Armando Hogan said the fire was put out shortly before 10 a.m., about 90 minutes after firefighters responded.

US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher on Apple, Boeing strength; Fed in focus
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  • 2020-01-29 17:14:54Z

U.S. stock indexes edged higher on Wednesday, boosted by gains in Apple, Boeing and General Electric following their results, while investors assessed the economic damage of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Reserve is also in focus as it is expected to release its monetary policy statement at 2:00 pm ET.

Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges
Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges
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  • 2020-01-29 17:14:41Z

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned an Israeli woman who had been jailed on drug charges, the Kremlin said Wednesday. A presidential decree ordering Naama Issachar's release on "humanitarian principles" was effective immediately, the Kremlin said. The 26-year-old backpacker was arrested in April at a Moscow airport, where she was transferring en route from India to Israel.

Pound near 1-week lows before knife-edge cbank decision
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  • 2020-01-29 17:14:31Z

Indeed, overnight gauges of market volatility have surged to more than 15%, a one-month high, as investors prepared for the central bank's first meeting of the year. British house prices rose in January at their fastest annual rate since November 2018, adding to signs of economic confidence since December's election that have prompted money markets to scale back their expectations of a rate cut.

Steinbeck letters, memorabilia on sale in February in N.J.
Steinbeck letters, memorabilia on sale in February in N.J.
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  • 2020-01-29 17:13:32Z

Curated Estates in Lincoln Park is offering a trove of materials on Feb. 27 that have been sitting in a Manhattan warehouse for about two decades. Steinbeck, author of ``The Grapes of Wrath'' and ``East of Eden'' among other works, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, died in 1968. Elaine Steinbeck, his third wife, died in 2003.

Human spread of virus in 3 countries outside China worrying - WHO chief
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  • 2020-01-29 17:10:54Z

The person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus in three countries - Germany, Vietnam and Japan - is worrying and will be considered by experts reconvened to consider declaring a global emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking to a news conference in Geneva on return from China, said of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping: "I was very encouraged and impressed by the President's detailed knowledge of the outbreak and his personal involvement in the outbreak, this for me is real leadership". Tedros, asked about an international team agreed to be sent to China, said it would be composed of WHO staff...

A desperate hunt for newborn. Police believe father abducted him  after triple murder
A desperate hunt for newborn. Police believe father abducted him after triple murder
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  • 2020-01-29 17:09:41Z

A wide and desperate search continued Wednesday morning for a 7-day-old child who police believe was abducted by his father after three family members, including the child's mother, were found shot to death with a high-powered rifle in rural South Miami-Dade County.

Rock Hill man charged in shooting that led to SWAT search, school lockdown, police say
Rock Hill man charged in shooting that led to SWAT search, school lockdown, police say
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  • 2020-01-29 17:06:58Z

A Rock Hill man was arrested in Charlotte and now is charged in connection with a shooting last month that led to a school lockdown and SWAT manhunt, police said.

KFC to sell Beyond Meat
KFC to sell Beyond Meat's plant-based 'fried chicken' in the southern U.S.
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  • 2020-01-29 17:02:14Z

Beyond Meat said on Wednesday it will supply plant-based "fried chicken" to several KFC stores in Tennessee and North Carolina, after a test conducted last year showed strong consumer demand. Fast-food chains including McDonald's, Burger King, and Dunkin Brands have raced to add imitation meat products to their menus as Americans cut down on animal protein consumption. The product is 80 calories per piece and looks a bit like a fried chicken nugget, with a sinewy texture designed to feel like chicken.

Abu Dis, an unlikely capital for a future Palestinian state
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  • 2020-01-29 16:55:49Z

Abu Dis, the town earmarked for the Palestinian capital in U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, lies a short distance to the east of Jerusalem's walled Old City. Abu Dis belongs to the Palestinian governorate of Jerusalem but is just outside the Israeli municipal city limits set by Israel after it captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967, later annexing it in a move not recognised by most of the international community.

Climate change linked to African locust invasion
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  • 2020-01-29 16:55:04Z

Climate change may be powering the swarms of desert locusts that have invaded eastern Africa, ravaging crops, decimating pasture and deepening a hunger crisis, locust and climate experts said. Hundreds of millions of the insects have swept over the Horn of Africa in the worst outbreak in a quarter of a century, says the United Nations. Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said the swarms formed after cyclones dumped vast amounts of rain in the deserts of Oman - creating perfect breeding conditions.

Teen accuses Scores strip club chain of human trafficking, sex abuse: Lawsuit
Teen accuses Scores strip club chain of human trafficking, sex abuse: Lawsuit
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  • 2020-01-29 16:49:33Z

A teenage girl filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Scores accusing the nationwide strip club chain of sexual abuse and human trafficking. "Jane Doe," a self-described developmentally disabled and emotionally disturbed teen, said in 2017 a male acquaintance brought her to a Scores in Tampa, Florida, where she said she was put on stage within 30 minutes and sent down a path of abuse, exploitation and prostitution. The lawsuit targeted Scores Tampa but the plaintiff's attorneys said the allegedly reckless and illegal practices were consistent with the chain's business model.

Trump says he spoke to China's Xi, U.S. working closely with China on coronavirus
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  • 2020-01-29 16:47:31Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the United States was working very closely with China on the coronavirus outbreak. ... I spoke to President Xi.

NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos
NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos
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  • 2020-01-29 16:47:28Z

NASA is pulling the plug on one of its great observatories -- the Spitzer Space Telescope -- after 16 years of scanning the universe with infrared eyes. For years, Spitzer peered through dusty clouds at untold stars and galaxies, uncovered a huge, nearly invisible ring around Saturn, and helped discover seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star. Altogether, Spitzer observed 800,000 celestial targets and churned out more than 36 million raw images as part of the $1.4 billion mission.

WHO lauds Chinese response to virus, says world
WHO lauds Chinese response to virus, says world 'at important juncture'
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  • 2020-01-29 16:47:02Z

The World Health Organization (WHO) praised China on Wednesday for its efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, but voiced "grave concern" about person-to-person spread in three other countries which led it to summon its Emergency Committee again. The panel of 16 independent experts will

Cops say he drove high on
Cops say he drove high on 'whippets.' He's going to prison for running over lawyer, family
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  • 2020-01-29 16:33:47Z

Amir Pelleg, a hard-working real estate lawyer, relished moments with his wife and two daughters - including strolls to a park near their Sunny Isles Beach condo.

'It's utter bulls--t': Navy SEAL was promoted despite allegations he choked a Green Beret to death
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  • 2020-01-29 16:07:31Z

The Navy SEAL has been charged in the death. His defense attorneys previously said the incident was merely a "prank" that "went bad."

10 years ago, Michael Bloomberg called for my removal as a teacher because of my past in sex work - and I
10 years ago, Michael Bloomberg called for my removal as a teacher because of my past in sex work - and I'm just one example of why discrimination against sex workers needs to end
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  • 2020-01-29 16:05:13Z

A truly progressive presidential candidate "will embrace a woman's totality, even - and especially - when it includes sex work," Melissa Petro says.

Harvard chemist arrested on charges of lying about work with China
Harvard chemist arrested on charges of lying about work with China
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  • 2020-01-29 15:57:58Z

Charles Lieber was arrested Tuesday on charges of lying to the Department of Defense about his ties to China.

Gays in Hungary facing increased government hostility - rights group
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  • 2020-01-29 15:43:40Z

Hungary's gay community is facing increased government "attacks" and fears that its hard-won rights, and an improvement in public acceptance of them, may be at risk, a rights group said. The European Union has long criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government over its record on the rule of law and civil liberties, including its attitude towards minorities such as homosexuals. The Hatter ("Background") group said various legislative moves, a lack of police vigilance and sometimes hostile rhetoric from the ruling Fidesz party threatened to undo the progress seen since the fall of communism three decades ago.

Gaps emerge between Britain and EU over Trump Middle East plan
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  • 2020-01-29 15:28:58Z

Days before it leaves the European Union, Britain put itself at odds with European allies on Wednesday in warmly welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan while France and the wider EU warned that it must respect international law. The plan envisages a Palestinian state but demilitarised and with borders drawn to meet Israel's security needs.


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