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  • AOC and Michael Moore urge Iowa voters not to 'play it safe' as they stand in for Sanders
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    AOC and Michael Moore urge Iowa voters not to 'play it safe' as they stand in for Sanders

    Two of Bernie Sanders's highest-profile allies, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, filled in for him on the campaign trail Friday night, speaking to a rally here at the University of Iowa, as the Vermont senator participated in the impeachment trial in Washington, D.C. Their message to the audience, overwhelmingly students, was not to settle for more moderate candidates who claim to have a better chance in the general election against President Trump, but to stick with Sanders. Moore referenced campaign ads by another (unnamed) Democratic hopeful, paraphrasing his message as: “You should vote for him because he's the safe candidate.

  • China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000
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    China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000

    The death toll from a virus in China has risen to 56 and the number of people infected across the country is nearing 2,000, authorities said Sunday. Fifteen more people have died and at least 688 new cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, according to the National Health Commission. Among the new deaths, 13 were in Hubei, the province at the heart of the outbreak, while Shanghai reported its first death.

  • Kim's aunt reemerges after years of speculation about fate
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    Kim's aunt reemerges after years of speculation about fate

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aunt made her first public appearance in about six years, state media reported Sunday, quelling years of rumors that she was purged or executed by her nephew after helping him inherit power from his father. According to a Korean Central News Agency dispatch, the name of Kim Kyong Hui was included in a list of top North Korean officials who watched a performance marking Lunar New Year's Day with Kim Jong Un at a Pyongyang theater on Saturday. North Korea's main newspaper also released a photo showing Kim Kyong Hui sitting near Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, at the Samjiyon Theater.

  • Photos show the horrors of Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation
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    Photos show the horrors of Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation

    Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Auschwitz I, the first camp to undergo construction, was initially created for three reasons: to imprison enemies, to use forced labor, and to kill certain groups of people. Markus Schreiber/AP Sources: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Auschwitz‑Birkenau Memorial and State Museum Construction of the largest camp, Auschwitz II, also called Auschwitz-Birkenau, began in October 1941. Electrified barbed wire divided it into 10 different sections.

  • U.S. to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China - WSJ
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    U.S. to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China - WSJ

    The plane, with around 230 people, will carry diplomats from the U.S. consulate as well as U.S. citizens and their families, the Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the operation. Washington was given approval for the operation from China's Foreign Ministry and other government agencies following negotiations in recent days, the newspaper said. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said that on Thursday, the State Department had ordered the departure of family members and all U.S. government employees at its Wuhan consulate, but declined to comment on the report that other U.S. citizens would be evacuated from the city.

  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It
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    China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

    For decades, the Indian Navy has been the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean, and has even boasted a carrier aviation capability that was nearly unique in Asia. But as outlined in a report by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the growth of Chinese military power in the last two decades has dramatically eclipsed India's own attempts to modernize and expand its forces—particularly in the maritime domain. This is problematic due to New Delhi's tense relations with Beijing since a 1962 border war.

  • What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels
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    What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels

    Your guide to watching the moon... in all its forms. From Popular Mechanics

  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill allowing adoption agencies to deny gay couples
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    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill allowing adoption agencies to deny gay couples

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a controversial measure Friday that would let religious adoption agencies deny service to same-sex couples. The move comes after several groups, including the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, urged Lee not to sign the legislation. Under the law, which immediately takes effect, the state would be barred from denying an agency's license or grant application for public funds because of a refusal to place a child with a family based on religious objections.

  • At least 53 dead after record-breaking rainfall triggers landslides in Brazil
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    At least 53 dead after record-breaking rainfall triggers landslides in Brazil

    Ahead of this front northerly winds helped to draw in tropical moisture from near the equator, which Kelly said fueled flooding downpours across eastern Brazil, particularly in the state of Minas Gerais. "As the front moved into Minas Gerais on Thursday and Friday, daily rainfall totals climbed over 100 mm (4 inches) each day. On Thursday, Florestal received 174mm (6.85 inches) of rain," Kelly said.

  • As defense opens, Trump attorneys accuse Democrats of 'blind drive' to impeachment
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    As defense opens, Trump attorneys accuse Democrats of 'blind drive' to impeachment

    Attorneys for President Trump opened their defense in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning by charging that the case presented by House Democrats was full of “bluster and innuendo,” and that “devastating evidence” would lead to the inevitable conclusion that the two articles of impeachment now being considered have no merit. “The president did absolutely nothing wrong,” said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is leading Trump's defense. The other key point, made by Cipollone and others, was that Trump acted “in our national interest” by withholding $250 million in military aid from Ukraine for several months in the spring and summer of 2019.

  • Biden, Sanders Pull Further Ahead in ABC-WaPost National Poll
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    Biden, Sanders Pull Further Ahead in ABC-WaPost National Poll

    Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who represent rival visions for the Democratic Party, are solidifying their status as frontrunners in the crowded presidential field, according to a Washington Post-ABC News national poll. Coming just a week before voters finally get to have their say in the Iowa caucuses, the polls show Biden with a solid 32% overall among registered voters who lean Democratic, while Sanders registered support from 23%. Both are doing slightly better than in the same poll in October.

  • Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
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    Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

    His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing. The Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia stopped renewing passports for the ethnic Muslim minority more than two years ago, in what campaigners call a pressure tactic exercised in many countries to force the Uighur diaspora to return home. Half a dozen Uighur families in Saudi Arabia who showed AFP their passports -- a few already expired and some approaching the date -- said they dread going back to China, where over a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps.

  • Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout
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    Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout

    Crowds gather in Ditan Park in Beijing, China. Thomas Peter/Reuters2020: Ditan Park is eerily empty as workers took down the lantern decorations after the Lunar New Year celebration was cancelled. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters2019: Signs with the Chinese character "Fu," which means "Good luck," hang in the Forbidden City.

  • Boeing's 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight
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    Boeing's 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight

    Boeing Co successfully staged the first flight of the world's largest twin-engined jetliner on Saturday in a respite from the crisis over its smallest model, the grounded 737 MAX. The 777X, a larger version of the 777 mini-jumbo, touched down at the historic Boeing Field outside Seattle at 2 pm (2200 GMT) after a debut which began almost four hours earlier at Boeing's revamped wide-body assembly lines north of the city. The decision to take advantage of a gap in clouds to start the months of testing needed before the jet can carry passengers came after two attempts had to be postponed due to high winds.

  • To Combat the Soviets, the U.S. Almost Built Its Own "Skyfall" Nuclear Powered Missile
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    To Combat the Soviets, the U.S. Almost Built Its Own "Skyfall" Nuclear Powered Missile

    Key Point: Thankfully, Washington decided the weapon would not be necessary in the Cold War standoff. After days of speculation by Western analysts that a deadly accident on August 8 that briefly spiked radiation levels in northwestern Russia was tied to tests of an exotic nuclear-powered “Skyfall” nuclear-powered cruise missile, Russian sources confirmed to the New York Times the explosion of a “small nuclear reactor. While there's a tactical rationale behind Russia's development of a fast, surface-skimming cruise missile with an unlimited range as a means of bypassing American missile defenses, it strikes many analysts as an inordinately expensive, extremely technically challenging, and—ev...

  • 3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment
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    3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment

    A third woman in two weeks has publicly come forward with sexual harassment allegations against a Michigan state legislator, according to a published report Sunday. Melissa Osborn, who works as a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group, told Crain's Detroit Business that Republican state Sen. Peter Lucido commented on her appearance and clothes while visually scanning her body and touching the region she described as “my lower back/upper butt.” Osborn, 40, said it happened at the Michigan Credit Union League's annual government affairs conference in May. Lucido declined to comment to Crain's.

  • Military investigating video of Navy members shot through peephole
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    Military investigating video of Navy members shot through peephole

    The Navy is reportedly investigating videos found on the website Pornhub that it believes show unsuspecting Navy service members through a peephole in a bathroom.

  • Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is
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    Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is

    It's the worst locust outbreak to hit Kenya in 70 years. Hundreds of millions of the small bugs are swarming in from neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia with unprecedented size and destructive potential, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. The Desert Locust, the most devastating of all locust species, is eating up crops in areas already susceptible to food and water shortages.

  • Former national security adviser John Bolton reveals Trump directly confirmed a Ukraine quid pro quo in a conversation last year
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    Former national security adviser John Bolton reveals Trump directly confirmed a Ukraine quid pro quo in a conversation last year

    Reuters Former national security adviser John Bolton claims President Donald Trump told him personally that he would withhold military aid from Ukraine until it acceded to his demands for politically motivated investigations, The New York Times reported, citing an unpublished manuscript of Bolton's upcoming book. According to the manuscript, Trump conveyed his decision to Bolton in August of last year. The president is currently on trial in the Senate after he was impeached last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his efforts to solicit Ukraine's interference in the 2020 election.

  • LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement
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    LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement

    The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Bernie Sanders to renounce an endorsement from radio host Joe Rogan, who has made derogatory comments about African Americans and LGBTQ people. Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most downloaded podcasts, said he would “probably vote for Bernie,” adding “I believe in him. I like him a lot.

  • 3 dead in protest against Gambian head Barrow: hospital
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    3 dead in protest against Gambian head Barrow: hospital

    Three people died Sunday as hundreds of people took to the streets demanding the resignation of Gambian President Adama Barrow who wants to extend his term. "I can confirm that there have been three dead," said Kebba Manneh, director of the Serrekunda hospital where victims were taken. Tension has been building in The Gambia, a tiny West African country surrounded by Senegal, over Barrow's decision to stay in office for five years after initially pledging to step down after three.

  • Fifth U.S. Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Patient Who Traveled From Wuhan, China
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    Fifth U.S. Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Patient Who Traveled From Wuhan, China

    Several new cases of the deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S., bringing the total infections to five as the situation in China, where the bug originated, grows increasingly dire. Health officials revealed Sunday morning that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a person in Orange, County California, who had traveled from Wuhan, China, has the virus. Within hours, authorities revealed two more cases: a student at Arizona State University who is “not severely ill” and a patient who reported he was not feeling well when he got off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

  • 'Doorbell Ditch' Prank Led to Crash That Killed 3 Teens, Officials Say
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    'Doorbell Ditch' Prank Led to Crash That Killed 3 Teens, Officials Say

    A man who the authorities contend deliberately crashed his car into another one on a Southern California road last Sunday, killing three of the six teenagers inside, did so because the group had played a so-called doorbell ditch prank on him, prosecutors said this week. The man, Anurag Chandra, 42, faces several murder charges for his role in the Temescal Canyon Road crash, which the Riverside County District Attorney's Office said Thursday occurred after the boys played a doorbell ditch prank on him. In a doorbell ditch, also commonly known as a ding-dong-ditch, a person rings a doorbell and tries to run away before anyone opens the door.

  • Why Did Iran Finally Tell the Truth About Accidentally Shooting Down Flight 752?
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    Why Did Iran Finally Tell the Truth About Accidentally Shooting Down Flight 752?

    On Jan. 11, Iran's Armed Forces General Staff admitted that one of its surface-to-air missile systems had shot down Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 due to human error. The full acknowledgment turned heads, yet there was a reason for Iran's reversal: The country has no desire to turn itself into an international pariah, but would rather find a way to engage with the rest of the globe, limit the impact of U.S. sanctions and negotiate with the West. The frank admission goes to show that such strategic goals influence many of Iran's choices — including its volte-face on the aviation disaster.

  • White House Counsel Cipollone delivers closing remarks
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    White House Counsel Cipollone delivers closing remarks

    White House Counsel Pat Cipollone delivered his closing remarks during the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday.