Springsteen was arrested at Gateway National Recreational Area in Sandy Hook on Nov. 14.
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‘I'm not going to worry about people that their only worry in life is to be re-elected,’ says Enrique Tarrio
- The Independent
What the release of Khashoggi intelligence report says about Saudi Arabia’s ‘bungling sadist’ – and Washington
There’s ‘absolutely no smoking gun’ in the US report into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, writes Borzou Daragahi, but its publication could shake up strategic calculations in the Middle East
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- Raleigh News and Observer
With Cody Zeller injured, the Hornets gave up a season-high 72 points in the paint.
- The Independent
The governor of Brazil's capital city, Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim. The drastic step came as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the pandemic that has killed 250,000 Brazilians, renewed his attacks on state governors for destroying jobs with lockdowns. "The lockdown will start today and be total, it will be 24-hours a day," said a press aide for the federal district's Governor Ibaneis Rocha.
Chinese officials have signalled that Beijing plans sweeping electoral changes for Hong Kong, possibly as soon as next week, when China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), opens in Beijing. WHAT IS BEIJING PLANNING? Xia Baolong, director of China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, has said the electoral system in the global financial hub needs to be changed to allow only "patriots" to govern.
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Norwegian Air booked a charge of $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter as it seeks a fresh start. The charges were a result of plans to cut its fleet and cancel aircraft orders.The budget airline received protection from bankruptcy late last year in both Norway and Ireland, where most of its assets are registered.It wants to emerge from the restructuring with fewer aircraft and less debt.Norwegian's CEO said on Friday (February 26) that "as soon as Europe begins to reopen, we will be ready to welcome more customers on board."That will involve focusing on its Nordic and European network, as it's already said it will end long-haul services.The airline has warned that it risks running out of cash by the end of March if it fails to restructure its debt and liabilities.The company has agreed order cancellation terms with Airbus.But a deal with Boeing is unlikely before the restructuring is completed.The company said it would present a detailed plan for its future next week.And was preparing to increase its operating fleet from 10 aircraft now, depending on demand and travel restrictions.
- The Week
The White House says it "respects" the Senate parliamentarian's decision that a $15 per hour minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats' COVID-19 relief package — but not everyone on the left feels quite the same way. Some progressives are pushing to overrule Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who on Thursday ruled the minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats' coronavirus relief package under budget reconciliation. As Politico writes, some Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2017 called on the vice president to "ignore the merely 'advisory' opinions of the parliamentarian and decide for himself what policies were kosher under reconciliation," and some progressives are now pushing for that step. "The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, said. "We can't allow the advisory opinion of the unelected parliamentarian to stand in the way." Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) also told The Washington Post, "The progressive base understands that Vice President Harris can disregard the parliamentarian," adding, "This simply comes down to whether the VP will choose to include the $15 or not." Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), meanwhile, pushed for replacing the Senate parliamentarian, writing, "What's a Democratic majority if we can't pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable." But Politico writes that essentially "everyone to the right of the Squad" is opposed to that move. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain has said that "we're going to honor the rules of the Senate and work within that system to get this bill passed," and on Thursday, the White House said President Biden is "disappointed" in this outcome but "respects the parliamentarian's decision and the Senate's process." Overruling the parliamentarian would be a "long shot," the Post writes, noting that the White House is opposed and that "it's unlikely that all 50 Senate Democrats would stand united on this even if it got on board." More stories from theweek.comBiden in the quagmireBitcoin: Bubble or breakthrough?Ben Sasse on Matt Gaetz: 'That guy is not an adult'
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A U.S. airstrike targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria appears to be a message to Tehran delivered by a new American administration still figuring out its approach to the Middle East. The strike was seemingly a response to stepped-up rocket attacks by such militias that have targeted U.S. interests in Iraq, where the armed groups are based. It comes even as Washington and Tehran consider a return to the 2015 accord meant to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.
Greene mocked Illinois Rep. Marie Newman following the House debate over the LGBTQ-rights-extending Equality Act. Controversial Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked a colleague who has a transgender daughter following the House debate over the Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. Greene attempted to block the bill on the floor with a motion to adjourn.
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Three-time champion New Zealand and three-time runner-up France will square off in a blockbuster opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The teams have combined to deliver some of the most storied matches in the tournament's history, including the 1987 and 2011 finals, both won by the All Blacks. Host France and New Zealand were confirmed on Friday in the schedule release as the first game of 48 on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023 at Paris' Stade de France.
- LA Times
A week after his wife indicated on Instagram this would be Albert Pujols' final season, the Angels slugger says he hasn't decided when he'll retire.
President Joe Biden is still committed to raising the U.S. minimum wage to $15 after a key Senate referee ruled the provision could not be included in the COVID-19 relief bill, a top White House economic adviser said on Friday. White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, in an interview on MSNBC, said the administration was disappointed by the Senate parliamentarian's Thursday ruling and would consult with congressional leaders about the path forward.
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"I just felt so incredibly helpless and frustrated," said Spoon by H owner and chef Yoonjin Hwang.
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'We're done with that lifestyle': Jessica Watkins, Ohio woman charged in Capitol riot, renounces Oath Keepers
Jessica Watkins, 38, says she has disbanded her local armed group and is canceling her Oath Keeper membership after her arrest.
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"This case is every New Yorker's worst nightmare....to be attacked by a complete and total stranger with a large knife for no reason at all," an assistant D.A. said.