NOAA: January 2020 was Earth's hottest January on record

"In the span of 141 years of climate records, there has never been a warmer January than last month," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday.

  • Bloomberg 'weathered the storm' during fiery Democratic debate, his campaign says
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    Bloomberg 'weathered the storm' during fiery Democratic debate, his campaign says

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came under heavy fire from his rivals during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate at the Paris Casino but “weathered the storm,” his senior adviser Howard Wolfson said. The debate was the first one to feature Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who entered the presidential race last November, months after all of his opponents. In the spin room, Wolfson offered an argument the Bloomberg campaign has repeatedly made in recent days, which is that he is one of only two viable candidates in the Democratic primary, the other being Bernie Sanders.

  • Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email
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    Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email

    Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017, he told Julian Assange he would get President Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of internal Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks. In a phone interview with Yahoo News, Rohrabacher said his goal during the meeting was to find proof for a widely debunked conspiracy theory: that WikiLeaks' real source for the DNC emails was not Russian intelligence agents, as U.S. officials have since concluded, but former DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered on the streets of Washington in July 2016 in what police believe was a botched robbery.

  • Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained
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    Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained

    Mexican authorities arrested a couple believed to have kidnapped, tortured and murdered a seven year-old girl on Wednesday, days after the discovery of the victim's body sparked protests in the violence-wracked country. The suspects "were detained in a town in the State of Mexico," Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted, without giving more detail. Prosecutors on Tuesday released pictures of the two suspects -- identified as Giovana and Mario Alberto "N" -- after searching a house near the victim's home.

  • Coronavirus: Princess Cruises boss under fire for blowing kisses at ship where two have died and 3,000 have been quarantined for weeks
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    Coronavirus: Princess Cruises boss under fire for blowing kisses at ship where two have died and 3,000 have been quarantined for weeks

    The president of Princess Cruises welcomed a coronavirus-quarantined ship by blowing kisses and making heart signs, captured on a video set to upbeat music and posted on social media the same day as reports of the deaths of two passengers had surfaced. In a video posted to the company's social media on Wednesday, Jan Swartz is seen wearing a surgical mask and forming heart hands over her head as the cruise ship finally begins to disembark after its passengers were forced to remain at a port in Yokohama, Japan for several weeks following a shipwide outbreak of the flu-like respiratory virus. On Wednesday, officials with the Japanese Ministry of Health confirmed the on-board deaths of an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, both stricken with the latest coronavirus that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and sickened thousands of others around the globe.

  • Coronavirus fears create ghost town in South Korea after church 'super-spreader'
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    Coronavirus fears create ghost town in South Korea after church 'super-spreader'

    SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking images outside China of an outbreak that international authorities are trying stop from becoming a global pandemic. In China, where the virus has killed more than 2,100 people and infected nearly 75,000, officials changed their methodology for reporting infections, creating new doubt about data they have cited as evidence their containment strategy is working.

  • Intelligence employee pleads guilty to leaking classified info to journalists
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    Intelligence employee pleads guilty to leaking classified info to journalists

    WASHINGTON – Henry Kyle Frese pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to illegally transmitting national defense information to journalists. Frese, 31, was employed as a counterterrorism analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency from February 2018 to October 2019, and held a top-secret clearance. “Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people when he disclosed sensitive national security information for personal gain,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers in a statement.

  • US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol
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    US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

    A U.S. judge in Arizona sided Wednesday with migrants who have long-complained about inhumane and unsanitary conditions in some U.S. Border Patrol facilities in the state. The ruling came weeks after the conclusion of a seven-day trial in which attorneys for migrants who sued in 2015 argued that the agency holds immigrants in extremely cold, overcrowded, unsanitary and inhumane conditions. The order makes permanent a preliminary injunction that U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury issued in 2016 requiring the Tucson Sector to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants held for longer than 12 hours and to allow them to clean themselves.

  • 9 Rural Farms of the 21st Century Featuring Stunning Modern Design
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    9 Rural Farms of the 21st Century Featuring Stunning Modern Design

    From Italy to Tasmania, a new book covers those farms with an eye on both sustainability and beautiful design Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Some Americans are attempting the journey back home to Wuhan
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    Some Americans are attempting the journey back home to Wuhan

    But days after leaving Wuhan, Suzanne wanted to return to the city at the center of the outbreak that has infected at least 72,000 people and killed nearly 2,000. Even though he and his immediate family were safe in Schenectady, Suzanne worried about his wife's parents, who were still in Wuhan, the city that has been his home since 2009. "I was married in Wuhan.

  • Kill Shot: Did Elizabeth Warren Just Knock Michael Bloomberg Out of the Presidential Race?
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    Kill Shot: Did Elizabeth Warren Just Knock Michael Bloomberg Out of the Presidential Race?

    Last night former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his first appearance on the 2020 Democratic debate stage to optically disastrous results (others disagree, see this). As predicted, Elizabeth Warren was on the offensive throughout the debate, launching direct verbal attacks on her opponents in an attempt to resuscitate her dwindling campaign ahead of Super Tuesday. “Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk.” She followed this statement by assuring viewers she would still support Bloomberg if he was the Democratic nominee.

  • Obama Team Asked Harry Reid to Quash Bernie Sanders’s 2011 Primary Challenge: Report
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    Obama Team Asked Harry Reid to Quash Bernie Sanders’s 2011 Primary Challenge: Report

    Former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid convinced Bernie Sanders not to mount a primary run against former President Barack Obama in 2011, according to The Atlantic. Reid was reportedly tasked by an “absolutely panicked” Obama campaign team to dissuade Sanders — who had privately disclosed his intentions to fellow Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy — because they were fearful that Sanders would pose a serious challenge. “Every president who has gotten a real primary has lost a general,” Obama's 2012 reelection-campaign manager Jim Messina told The Atlantic.

  • Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries
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    Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

    Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. Pakistan has the world's second strictest blasphemy laws after Iran, according to U.S. Commision on International Religious Freedom. Hafeez, whose death sentence is under appeal, is one of about 1,500 Pakistanis charged with blasphemy, or sacrilegious speech, over the last three decades.

  • Police chief strips down to underwear and storms out of meeting after being sacked
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    Police chief strips down to underwear and storms out of meeting after being sacked

    A police chief stripped down to his underwear and walked home through a snowstorm after being sacked by officials in New Hampshire. Richard Lee said he was left with no alternative when his town board asked him to hand over his badge, his uniform and the keys to his patrol car. I gave them my shirt, I gave them my turtleneck, I gave them my ballistic vest,” said Lee, who was his town's only law enforcement officer.

  • China kicked out 3 Wall Street Journal reporters after it published an op-ed using a term that invokes the biggest humiliation in Chinese history
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    China kicked out 3 Wall Street Journal reporters after it published an op-ed using a term that invokes the biggest humiliation in Chinese history

    China is expelling three Wall Street Journal reporters, accusing the newspaper of publishing a racist headline about the country's battle with coronavirus. On February 3, the Journal had published an op-ed by a foreign-affairs academic titled "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia." The "sick man of Asia" is a 19th-century term that referred to a time when China was internally divided and exploited by foreign powers — a period that still deeply humiliates the country's leadership.

  • Coronavirus: CDC issues new travel notices for Hong Kong, Japan
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    Coronavirus: CDC issues new travel notices for Hong Kong, Japan

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new advisories on Wednesday for travelers going to Hong Kong and Japan in the wake of the deadly coronavirus spreading across the world. The advisories are notably only a "level 1," a "watch," meaning travelers should exercise "usual precautions," unlike the "level 3" issued for China Jan. 27, which warns to "avoid nonessential travel." China's "level 3" advisory excludes Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

  • Putin hails US for helping prevent terror attack in Russia
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    Putin hails US for helping prevent terror attack in Russia

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the FBI for sharing information that helped thwart a terror attack by adherents of the Islamic State group in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays. Speaking at a meeting with senior officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the top KGB successor agency, Putin said that “we are thankful to our partners for their support and professional solidarity in countering the common threat. He added that “we will naturally respond in kind.

  • Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban over fears of potential civil war
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    Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban over fears of potential civil war

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

  • 2 passengers die after leaving 'chaotic' cruise ship
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    2 passengers die after leaving 'chaotic' cruise ship

    Ukrainians protest over evacuees returning from China • South Korea reports first coronavirus death as infections linked to church rise • 2 people who were on quarantined cruise ship in Japan have died • Quarantine on Diamond Princess cruise ship 'chaotic,' Japanese expert claims • Number of new confirmed cases drops in Hubei province • South Korea confirms first death of person infected with coronavirus • Two people die in Iran after contracting coronavirus • Thousands of Americans voluntarily self-quarantine after returning from China Deaths in mainland China reach more than 2,230 China's health commission said Friday morning local time that there have been 2,236 deaths in the mainland lin...

  • Bloomberg To Grieving Family: Elderly Cancer Patients Are Too Expensive
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    Bloomberg To Grieving Family: Elderly Cancer Patients Are Too Expensive

    Billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said in a 2011 video that elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment in order to cut health care costs. All of these costs keep going up, nobody wants to pay any more money, and at the rate we're going, health care is going to bankrupt us,” said Bloomberg, who was then New York City's mayor. We've got to sit here and say which things we're going to do, and which things we're not, nobody wants to do that.

  • 26 of the Best Stainless-Steel Bathroom Faucets 
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    26 of the Best Stainless-Steel Bathroom Faucets 

    Take a shine to these faucets Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Democrat Warren, worried campaign will run out of cash, taps $3 million loan
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    Democrat Warren, worried campaign will run out of cash, taps $3 million loan

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren raised more money than most of her Democratic presidential rivals in the weeks before the Iowa caucuses, but spent so heavily that her campaign took out a $3 million loan fearing she would run out of cash. Warren raised $10.4 million in contributions in January -- more than former Vice President Joe Biden's $9 million and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's $6 million -- but ended the month with only $2.3 million in cash, according to disclosures filed on Thursday. All of the presidential hopefuls were required to submit financial disclosures on Thursday, public documents that offer insights into how they are managing their multi-million campaign operations.

  • US military truck caught on camera ramming Russian jeep off the road in Syria
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    US military truck caught on camera ramming Russian jeep off the road in Syria

    The footage appears to be from inside of a civilian vehicle. The driver is riding alongside a convoy of military vehicles primarily flying Russian flags. At the head of the line are a pair of American vehicles, an M-ATV mine-resistant vehicle, sometimes called an MRAP, and an MRAP truck.

  • The 1,600-bed Wuhan coronavirus hospital that China panic-built in a few days is less than half full 11 days after it opened
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    The 1,600-bed Wuhan coronavirus hospital that China panic-built in a few days is less than half full 11 days after it opened

    One of two hastily-constructed Wuhan hospitals meant to help handle the surging number of coronavirus patients was less than half full on Tuesday, according to official figures. Its sister hospital, Huoshenshan, is now operating at around its 1,000-bed capacity. The spectacle of the high-speed construction of two brand new hospitals in less than 12 days in Wuhan was a PR coup for the Chinese government.

  • Lori Vallow, mother of two missing Idaho children, arrested in Hawaii
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    Lori Vallow, mother of two missing Idaho children, arrested in Hawaii

    The mother of two children who have been missing for months was arrested Thursday in Hawaii on a $5 million warrant from Idaho. Lori Vallow has been charged with two counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, Kaua'i police said in a statement Thursday. Police said Vallow failed to comply with a court order to produce her children to authorities by Jan. 30.

  • Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia
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    Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday. Assange is being held at a British prison while fighting extradition to the United States on spying charges. His full court hearing is due to begin next week.