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Embattled Florida sheriff suspended over handling of 2018 Parkland school shooting

Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his department’s much-maligned response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last February — which took the lives of 17 students and staff — and installed the county’s first African-American sheriff, former Coral Springs police sergeant Gregory Tony, according to official […]

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Sandy Hook shooting victims families win legal victory against InfoWars, Alex Jones

Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones. A judge in Connecticut has granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, Infowars’ internal marketing and financial documents. The judge has scheduled a hearing […]

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Winter storm delivering snow to Midwest with East Coast up next

A major winter storm has developed in the central U.S. and is set to makes its way east Saturday, targeting more of the Midwest, the Ohio River Valley — and eventually the East Coast., The storm has already claimed at least three lives as a result of car accidents in Missouri, according to the state’s […]

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Paul Whelan made for a convenient target for Russian intelligence: Ex-officials

In the days following American Paul Whelan’s arrest in Moscow on espionage charges, suggestive details began to emerge about his past. A tainted military background. A career in corporate security. Curious communications on a Russian social media platform. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that “unfortunately” he could not comment on the allegations against […]

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Government shutdown becomes the longest in US history

The 22-day partial government shutdown became the longest shutdown in United States history, breaking a record from 1996 on Saturday. President Donald Trump and Congress continue to dispute funding for a wall at the southern border, a proposal backed by the president. Meanwhile, nearly 800,000 federal workers are affected — many of them missed their […]

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Julian Castro, former Obama official, launches 2020 presidential bid

Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and housing chief during the Obama administration, formally announced on Saturday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Introduced by his mother, local activist Rosie Castro, he said the country was going through a crisis of leadership under President Donald Trump.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches 10 communications satellites

Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX on Friday launched the final group of next generation communication satellites, known as Iridium NEXT, completing a decade-long project. The 10 satellites, which are part of a 75-piece constellation, were launched at 10:31 a.m. ET from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. They began their orbit an hour […]

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Woman who allegedly struck, killed manicurist after skipping out on $35 bill arrested

The woman who allegedly hit and killed a manicurist after skipping out on her $35 bill has been arrested, according to police. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that Krystal Whipple, 21, was arrested in Glendale, Arizona, Friday morning after investigators learned about her whereabouts. Whipple’s mother, Sharon Whipple, and grandmother, Carol Whipple, told […]

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That GoFundMe to build a border wall is issuing $20 million in refunds

A Trump-inspired GoFundMe campaign that raised $20 million to ostensibly to build a wall on the southern U.S. border will refund every cent. Run by Brian Kolfage, a veteran with a track record of questionable business practices, the project defied all logistical considerations with its proposal for a “simple and straightforward” plan to build the […]

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Trump visits border, says he probably will declare emergency if no deal on wal

His trip came on the Day 20 of a partial government shutdown triggered by the president’s demand that Congress pay for a wall, which Democrats refuse to do. During a roundtable discussion at the border patrol station in McAllen, the president again contended – falsely — that he never said Mexico was going to provide […]

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Bernie Sanders apologizes to women on his staff harassed during 2016 campaign

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday to women who say they were harassed while working on his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Rookie Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez targeted by fake news

Her interview Sunday on the highly-rated CBS program “60 Minutes” apparently didn’t provide enough content for an internet troll who generated a false narrative featuring a purported nude photo of the self-described “radical,” progressive superstar.

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American formally charged with espionage in Russia

Whelan was charged under Article 276 of Russia’s criminal code, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a televised briefing. Whelan, a former United States Marine, was detained Dec. 28 by Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, which accused him of espionage. His Russian lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, has said Whelan contests the charge […]

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US military begins withdrawal from Syria

The surprise move comes amid conflicting statements over when a withdrawal would begin and at what pace since President Donald Trump abruptly announced the U.S. would leave last month. A U.S. official told ABC News that in recent days military equipment has been moved out of Syria into Iraq

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Hey, look, it’s a hamster wheel for your cat

This $1,800 hamster wheel from South Korean company Pet Ding promises to help your feline burn away those excess kilograms. There’s a small, color changing light in the middle of the track for the cat to chase, à la a laser pointer.

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Lake-effect snow, Arctic air blast Midwest, Northeast

At least 7 inches of lake-effect snow had been reported in western New York as of early Thursday morning, with squalls coming off the Great Lakes and occasionally pushing snowfall rates to 1 to 2 inches per hour in northwest Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

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Meet Caper, the AI self-checkout shopping cart

The startup makes a shopping cart with a built-in barcode scanner and credit card swiper, but it’s finalizing the technology to automatically scan items you drop in thanks to three image recognition cameras and a weight sensor. The company claims people already buy 18 percent more per visit after stores are equipped with its carts.

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Guatemalan officials calling for investigation into minors deaths

“Chancellor Sandra Jovel announces the submission of a diplomatic note to the Secretary of State to the United States to carry out the respective investigations of the minor deaths and requested that reports of migration and hospital care be sent to clarify what happened,” the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs office wrote on Twitter on […]

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The world’s first foldable phone is real

People have been talking about foldable smartphones for years, but it’s finally happening. Chinese company Royole was showing off the FlexPai at CES in Las Vegas, and we got to play with it for a few minutes. It’s hard to say if it’s a phone or a tablet as you can basically use it as […]

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