Grammys pre-ceremony opens with moment of silence for Kobe Bryant

"Since we are in his house, I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence," Interim Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said.

  • Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up
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    Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up

    The gloves continue to come off in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with Bernie Sanders accusing billionaire Mike Bloomberg of buying the election and attacking the former New York City mayor's record on race, and Bloomberg taking a swipe at the Vermont senator and his fervent supporters. On Sunday, Sanders launched his latest offensive against Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas, where he denounced “stop and frisk” policing that disproportionately targeted African-Americans during Bloomberg's tenure as mayor. Bloomberg, who has apologized for his past support of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics, responded in a tweet that included a video clip featuring alleged Sanders supporters — their names are blurred out — attacking other candidates' fans on social media.

  • Wisconsin mother, two daughters found dead after Amber Alert issued; boyfriend arrested
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    Wisconsin mother, two daughters found dead after Amber Alert issued; boyfriend arrested

    A mother and two daughters who were the subjects of an Amber Alert were found dead Sunday afternoon, the victims of an apparent homicide, police said. Amarah J. Banks, 26; Zaniya R. Ivery, 5; and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a garage, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference. One count of felony aggravated battery was filed against him Saturday in Milwaukee County, according to online court records.

  • ‘Photographer’ Drugged New Mom, Planned to Steal Baby, Cops Say
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    ‘Photographer’ Drugged New Mom, Planned to Steal Baby, Cops Say

    It began with an offer on Facebook group for the mothers of newborns: An aspiring photographer wanted to take pictures of babies for free to build her portfolio. Investigators said they have collected evidence that the 38-year-old “photographer,” Juliette Parker, had a plan to steal a baby and raise it as her own. On Friday afternoon, detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrested Parker, who has also gone by the names Juliette Noel and Juliette Gains, and her 16-year-old daughter.

  • 'Red flag' gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom
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    'Red flag' gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom

    The last thing these women want is an out-of-state billionaire telling them what to do. But that's exactly what New York billionaire and former mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to do. Bloomberg's group Everytown for Gun Safety is buying $250,000 in television ads in Iowa to pressure lawmakers into adopting a “red flag” measure — a dangerous gun control scheme that would leave law-abiding Iowans defenseless.

  • Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion
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    Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion

    When a Chinese government mass detention campaign engulfed Memtimin Emer's native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly Uighur imam was swept up and locked away, along with three of his sons. The database profiles the internment of 311 individuals with relatives abroad in Karakax County, and lists information on more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbors and friends. Taken as a whole, the database offers the fullest view yet into how Chinese officials decided who to put into and let out of detention camps, as part of a crackdown that has locked away more than a million ethnic minorities, most of them Muslims.

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    Parents protest as Pakistani students stuck in China under coronavirus lockdown

    Around a hundred people called on Pakistan's government to "bring back our children" from the locked down Chinese province of Hubei in a demonstration on Sunday in Karachi. Pakistan's government has so far ruled out evacuating the more than 1,000 Pakistani students in the province, home to the city of Wuhan, at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. State Health Minister Zafar Mirza said on Twitter on Friday that he and other ministers would hold a meeting for parents in Islamabad on Wednesday and that his government was working with Chinese authorities to ensure students were taken care of.

  • Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty
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    Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty

    A New Jersey man who tried to leave an 8-month-old puppy to drown in a cage was sentenced to a year in state prison Friday. Aaron Davis, 36, was convicted of fourth-degree animal cruelty in December after leaving the pit bull in a cage along the rising tide of Sandy Hook Bay in July 2018, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor. Luckily, a passerby noticed the crate in the early morning hours and climbed down a rocky barrier to save the puppy, who was later named River.

  • Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America
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    Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America

    Key point: Most Allied commanders were skeptical that there was a genuine threat to the continental United States—save for certain leaders of the U.S. Navy. In the closing weeks of World War II in Europe, American intelligence determined that a detachment of German submarines had been dispatched to launch a cruise missile attack on the East Coast of the United States. The U.S. Navy deployed forty-six ships and dozens of aircraft to annihilate the incoming submarine wolf pack.

  • The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?
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    The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

    Outside mainland China, there have been about 780 infections reported in nearly 30 locations. Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one fatality, while France on Saturday announced the first death outside Asia, an elderly Chinese tourist. Here are the areas where COVID-19, the virus's official designation, has been confirmed: - CHINA - As of Monday, 70,548 people had been infected across China, the majority in and around Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where the outbreak was first reported.

  • Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment
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    Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment

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  • Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh
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    Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh

    Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a simple response on Sunday when asked about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's questioning whether Americans are ready to back a gay candidate for president. "I'm proud of my husband," he said.

  • 'Ice volcanoes' are erupting on a Lake Michigan beach. Here's what they look like.
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    'Ice volcanoes' are erupting on a Lake Michigan beach. Here's what they look like.

    An ice volcano is a cone-shaped mound of ice formed over a terrestrial lake by the eruption of water and slush through an ice shelf. "Ice volcanoes occur in locations in which waves hit accumulated ice on the shoreline with some force," said Cort Spholten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Grand Rapids. "We were cold enough to form ice on the shore of Lake Michigan and water had broken the surface of that ice," Spholten said.

  • Bush-Era Cabinet Member’s Daughter Charged With Fatally Stabbing Friend
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    Bush-Era Cabinet Member’s Daughter Charged With Fatally Stabbing Friend

    The daughter of one the country's highest-ranking former diplomats has been charged with fatally stabbing an acquaintance in the neck during a late-night argument. Sophia Negroponte allegedly killed Yousuf Rasmussen, 24, inside an apartment in Rockville, Maryland just before midnight Thursday, the Montgomery County Department of Police said. The 27-year-old is the daughter of former director of national intelligence John Negroponte, the Washington Post reported.

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    Iowa Democrats pick interim chair following bungled caucuses

    Iowa Democrats on Saturday picked a legislator to serve as interim chairman of the state party, after the previous leader resigned following a meltdown in tabulating results from the lead-off presidential caucuses. The party's State Central Committee voted to install Iowa state Rep. Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, as interim chairman, replacing Troy Price, the Des Moines Register reported. Smith is the minority leader of the Iowa House and was first elected in 2000.

  • Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages
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    Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages

    With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp, Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said. McDonald's has implemented contactless pickup and delivery of Big Macs, fries and other menu items across the China as the outbreak has unfolded. Customers order remotely – on mobile phones or by computers in store – and employees seal the meals in bags and put them in a special spot for pickup without human contact, McDonald's says on its website.

  • Topless dairy industry protesters crash Sanders rally
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    Topless dairy industry protesters crash Sanders rally

    Topless protesters crashed the stage at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday afternoon to protest his involvement with the dairy industry.

  • Remember When Iran Took Out Saddam Hussein's Navy In One Day—With American-Made Jets?
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    Remember When Iran Took Out Saddam Hussein's Navy In One Day—With American-Made Jets?

    Key Point: In Operation Morvarid (“Pearl”) not only did they hope to take the Iraqi radars out of the picture but also Baghdad's vital oil infrastructure. On September 22, 1980 Saddam Hussein launched Iraq into a full-scale invasion of Iran—hoping to capitalize on Iran's instability due to the Iranian Revolution. Khorramshahr and Abadan, two major Iranian port cities just across and downstream the Shatt-al-Arab river from the major Iraqi oil-exporting port of Basra, were priority targets.

  • 6-year-old girl was committed to mental health facility without parent consent
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    6-year-old girl was committed to mental health facility without parent consent

    A 6-year-old Florida girl was committed for two days to a mental health facility without her mother's consent after allegedly throwing a temper tantrum at school, an attorney for the family said. The child was allegedly given anti-psychotic medications at the center, also without the permission of her mother, Martina Falk. Falk's lawyer, Reganel Reeves, said a mental health counselor was called to the school because Nadia was reportedly having a tantrum and throwing chairs.

  • A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world
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    A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world

    Associated Press/Heng Sinith Health officials on Saturday said they'd found a coronavirus case among the hundreds of passengers who disembarked a cruise ship in Cambodia, The New York Times reported. The Westerdam cruise ship spent weeks stranded at sea after five ports rejected it over coronavirus fears. Now, more than 1,000 passengers from the ship have proceeded to destinations around the world, and health officials are struggling to determine how to handle the situation.

  • William Barr: More than 1,000 former justice officials demand attorney general step down over Roger Stone controversy
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    William Barr: More than 1,000 former justice officials demand attorney general step down over Roger Stone controversy

    That came after Mr Trump tweeted that such a sentence would represent a "miscarriage of justice," a rare move by a sitting president to even appear to weigh in on an internal DOJ sentencing debate. Democratic lawmakers and many legal experts are warning that Mr Trump's actions are his latest attempt following his acquittal on two impeachment articles to use the powers of his office in more expansive ways. Mr Trump argues he has the legal authority to do things like weigh in on criminal cases and fire administration officials he believes betrayed him with their impeachment testimony.

  • Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation
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    Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation

    The governor of Illinois on Thursday called for an investigation into allegations that police held a black college student at gunpoint after misidentifying him as a suspect. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statement comes after Jaylan Butler, 20, sued the six officers involved for unlawful searches and seizure, excessive force and false arrest on a Sunday night last February. Butler, a swim team member at Eastern Illinois University, said he was walking back to the team bus near a rest stop off Interstate 80 when patrol cars pulled up to him.

  • Rwandan dissident singer found dead in custody: police
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    Rwandan dissident singer found dead in custody: police

    A popular Rwandan singer whose music was banned by the ruling regime "committed suicide" in custody, police announced Monday, three days after he was caught trying to flee the country. Kizito Mihigo, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose songs angered the government of strongman President Paul Kagame, was found dead in a police cell in the capital Kigali around 5am (0200 GMT). Mihigo, who was sentenced to 10 years' jail in 2015 for conspiracy against the government but later released on pardon, was captured trying to cross the border in Rwanda's south.

  • Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river
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    Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river

    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid predictions that a river running in the area around the state capital of Jackson could burst its banks and spark widespread flooding. Forecasters believe the Pearl River will crest at 38 feet (11.6 meters) Sunday evening to levels not seen in decades, following days of torrential rains across the Southeast. Reeves said the state should prepare for “the third worst flood” in its history.

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    China legal activist who called on Xi to 'give way' arrested- activists

    Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent rights activist and legal scholar who had called on President Xi Jinping to step down over his handling of crises including the coronavirus outbreak, two fellow activists said on Monday. Xu Zhiyong had been on the run since December after attending a gathering in the southern city of Xiamen which focused on discussion of human rights in China, according to Hua Ze, an activist and friend of Xu's. Four others who had attended the gathering in December were arrested previously, Hua told Reuters. Xu was arrested on Saturday night by the Beijing police with assistance by police in Guangzhou, Hua said.

  • Joe Biden blasts Bernie Sanders over health care, gun control, and his supporters' online behavior
    The Week

    Joe Biden blasts Bernie Sanders over health care, gun control, and his supporters' online behavior

    Former Vice President Joe Biden zeroed in this weekend on one of his top competitors, who many consider to have eclipsed him as the Democratic presidential frontrunner. In an interview set to air on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Biden waded into a controversy surrounding Sanders supporters who have been accused of threatening members of Nevada's Culinary Workers Union for not backing Sanders' Medicare-for-all proposal. Biden said Sanders isn't necessarily directly responsible for such behavior, but he's not sure he's done enough to put a stop to it, either.