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Feb 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020 election run against Trump
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, despite working on the senator's first presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, like Mr Sanders a self-described democratic socialist, refused to comment directly on the 77-year-old's Tuesday announcement he is running for a second time. "We're excited to see so many progressives in the race," spokesperson Corbin Trent said.

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Feb 20, 2019

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting
SHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — A small funeral home was packed with hundreds of mourners for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when a worker opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.

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Feb 20, 2019

'Empire' actor charged with making false police report
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.

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Feb 20, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett charged with filing false police report over alleged hate crime attack
Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" actor, has been charged with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offence that could bring one to three years in prison and force the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a January 29 beating. Police were trying to get in touch with Smollett's lawyers to "negotiate a reasonable surrender," Mr Guglielmi said. That could involve Smollett turning himself in to a Chicago police station. He said he did not have a time frame for how long the actor would be given. "We are trying to be diplomatic and reasonable, and we're hoping he does the same," Mr Guglielmi said. The charges emerged on the same day that detectives and two brothers who were earlier deemed suspects testified before a grand jury. In a statement, lawyers  Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said Smollett "enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked." People attend a rally in support of actor Jussie Smollett in the Manhattan borough of New York City Credit: Reuters The announcement of the charges came after a flurry of activity in recent days that included lengthy interviews of the brothers b

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Feb 20, 2019

Girl's death haunted police until arrest made 45 years later
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators searched for decades for the killer of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from summer school in a case that gripped a California seaside community.

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Feb 20, 2019

US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim.

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Feb 20, 2019

Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentenced
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 52-year-old Minneapolis man accused of beating and raping his mentally disabled twin daughters has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Feb 20, 2019

American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home
Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum fled to Syria to marry Islamic State group fighters. Now they want to come home.

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Feb 20, 2019

Lawyer for woman who joined ISIS speaks out
The U.S. said Wednesday that an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the country with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, a claim that was challenged by her lawyer. (Feb. 20)

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Feb 20, 2019

Missionary from Utah Dies While Serving in the Dominican Republic
A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Utah who was serving in the Dominican Republic died Wednesday after falling from a roof.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela aid shipments: what we know
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's promise to bring in US humanitarian aid on Saturday has raised tensions in his standoff with President Nicolas Maduro. This includes 300,000 tonnes already stockpiled in the Colombian city of Cucuta. As well as Cucuta, Guaido says aid will transit to Venezuela from the Brazilian state or Roraima and the island of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, near the Venezuelan coast.

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Feb 20, 2019

Empire Star Jussie Smollett Charged for Allegedly Falsely Reporting Hate Attack
Empire star Jussie Smollett was charged in Chicago for allegedly filing a false report for his claim he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

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Feb 20, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett classified as suspect in criminal investigation
Smollett, 36, last month told police in Chicago that two men shouting racist and homophobic slurs had accosted him on the street and put a rope around his neck. Smollett, an openly gay African-American man, also plays a gay man on the show. "Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in statement on Twitter.

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Feb 20, 2019

Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job
Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who's been welcoming customers with a huge smile and a hearty hello for more than a decade.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From U.S. Shutdown
The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects lingered on, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. "With more of first quarter under our belt now, and a higher percentage of March bookings in place, we feel like we are at the point where we can reasonably quantify the total impact from the shutdown," Southwest said by email.

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Feb 20, 2019

Putin to Trump, waving missiles: Your move.
From Russian missiles to hate groups reaching a record high. Here's Wednesday's top news.

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Feb 20, 2019

In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late
The 1985 report was one of the first exposes in a sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has called senior bishops to meet for four days starting on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the worsening crisis.

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Feb 20, 2019

Arrests made in decades-old killings of 2 California kids
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday that they solved two decades-old cold cases that stunned Southern California, arresting suspects in the separate killings of a boy and a girl who disappeared while walking home from school.

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Feb 20, 2019

Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in Syria
Hundreds of people including women and children were trucked out of the Islamic State group's last Syria redoubt Wednesday, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the "caliphate". The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said however it was just a first wave of evacuations, and that a large number of civilians and IS fighters still remained inside. The implosion of the jihadists' proto-state, which once spanned swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, has left Western nations grappling with how to handle citizens who left to join IS.

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Feb 20, 2019

Many Americans Are Shocked By Their Tax Returns in 2019. Here's What You Should Know
People may receive less money in their tax refunds this year. The average federal tax return rate is down 8.7%.

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Feb 20, 2019

'Ice can be unforgiving': Huge winter storm moves east as snow, sleet, heavy rain target 39 states
Every state east of the Mississippi is likely to get winter storm effects Wednesday, including Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington.

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Feb 20, 2019

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on
DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.

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Feb 20, 2019

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights
A winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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Feb 20, 2019

Andrew McCabe exacts tell-all revenge on Donald Trump
The former deputy director of the FBI pulls few punches in "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela aid standoff hardens between Guaido, Maduro
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido forged ahead Wednesday with plans to bring US medical and food aid into the country in defiance of the military-backed government, raising fears of possible weekend confrontations. In the latest maneuver of his standoff with socialist President Nicolas Maduro, self-declared interim leader Guaido rallied bus drivers who he said will head to the borders to collect aid for Venezuelans suffering shortages. Guaido repeated his vow that the supplies would enter "one way or another" -- even as Maduro stepped up efforts to block aid he claims is a pretext for a US invasion.

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Feb 20, 2019

Netanyahu makes deal with far-right party ahead of Israeli election
The deal, announced by Netanyahu's Likud and the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, was aimed at solidifying a potential right-wing coalition after the April 9 parliamentary election. Opinion polls predict Netanyahu's Likud will win the most parliamentary seats and will be in a position to form a governing coalition of rightist and religious parties similar to the one he now heads. Gantz and Lapid met on Wednesday, with speculation high they could strike a deal.

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Feb 20, 2019

Guaido says he's trying to freeze Venezuelan accounts in Switzerland
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to Switzerland's president on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered. Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to claim the presidency three weeks ago, arguing that Nicolas Maduro's reelection last year was a sham. Guaido said the Venezuelan government held bank accounts in Switzerland and that irregular efforts to migrate part of those accounts to "another site" had been detected.

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Feb 20, 2019

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Feb 20, 2019

Russia Threatens to Target U.S. if Trump Admin. Deploys Missiles in Europe
Russian president Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia would target the U.S. if America deploys missiles in Europe."Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centers of decision-making are located," Putin said in his annual state-of-the-nation address."It's their right to think how they want. But can they count? I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing," he added.The warning comes after the U.S. pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this month, asserting that Russia had violated the agreement, which bans medium-range ground-launched missiles with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles. Russia denied that charge, and pulled out of the agreement while accusing the U.S. of violating it.Putin stressed that Russia would not make the first move to deploy intermediate-range missiles after the dissolution of the Cold War-era treaty, and would only aim its new hypersonic missiles at America if the U.S. deployed missiles in nearby European countries. The Russian president claimed the new Zircon missiles can be shot up to 620 miles and fly at about nine times the speed of sound."We don't want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the U.S.," Putin said.

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Feb 20, 2019

Buzz Aldrin's son tries to stop dad from moving assets
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Buzz Aldrin's son is trying to stop his father from transferring assets from a trust in the latest dispute between the Apollo 11 moonwalker and two of his children over whether he is capable of managing his affairs.

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Feb 20, 2019

Lower tax refunds show how the Republican tax cut is keeping money in your hands all year
The size of your tax refund has nothing to do with your overall tax bill. It merely reflects what you overpaid the IRS in your paychecks last year.

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Feb 20, 2019

Obama talks self-confidence with Steph Curry: ‘If you're confident with your sexuality, you don't need 8 women twerking around you'
In a wide-ranging interview about what it means to be a man, Barack Obama said that you don't need women "twerking around you" if you are "very confident about your sexuality". During a town hall in Oakland, California as part of the former president's My Brother's Keeper programme, Mr Obama engaged in a candid conversation with Golden State Warriors basketball star Steph Curry. When it came to self-confidence, Mr Obama suggested that those who know who they are do not always flaunt it.

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Feb 20, 2019

Russia must build own internet in case of foreign disruption: Putin
Russia must prepare for possible Western attempts to deny it access to the global internet by creating its own self-sufficient 'segments' of the web, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Russian news agencies. "I think, they (foreign countries) will think through carefully before doing it, but there is a theoretical possibility (of Russia being cut off from the internet), and that's why we should create segments that don't depend on anyone," Tass quoted Putin as saying. Putin's comments came days after Russian lawmakers backed tighter internet controls to defend against foreign meddling.

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Feb 20, 2019

Vatican envoys meet sex abuse victims ahead of conference
Vatican representatives met Wednesday with victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests a day ahead of a landmark conference on the protection of minors, the Holy See said. "The credibility of the Church, the Vatican and the pope are at an apocalyptic stage," Francois Devaux, co-founder of the victim's association "La parole liberee" (Freed speech), said afterwards. The Vatican's organising committee met "12 people, men and women, from different parts of the world who belong to various organizations," a Vatican statement said.

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Feb 20, 2019

The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee dead
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the criminal cases tied to a Colorado woman's death (all times local):

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Feb 20, 2019

Andrew McCabe says it is ‘possible' Trump is Russian asset
In a startling remark from a top US intelligence official, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that it is "possible" that Donald Trump is a Russian asset. Mr McCabe made the comments on Tuesday, when he said that the FBI's Russia investigation was launched to suss out the president's ties to Moscow, and that he is eager to see what special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation uncovers. "I think it's possible," Mr McCabe told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

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Feb 20, 2019

ISIS bride: Radicalized Alabama woman trying to return to US with son
An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Jussie Smollett case: FBI investigates whether actor had any role in threatening letter
The latest developments in the investigation into the alleged Jan. 29 attack on the "Empire" star: The FBI is checking into whether Smollett was involved in the threatening letter sent to Fox and the L.A. City Attorney's office say he posed as his brother during a 2007 DUI stop.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From Government Shutdown
The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects lingered on, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. "With more of first quarter under our belt now, and a higher percentage of March bookings in place, we feel like we are at the point where we can reasonably quantify the total impact from the shutdown," Southwest said by email.

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Feb 20, 2019

Abbas says will reject reduced tax reimbursement from Israel
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel, which decided to withhold reimbursements in retaliation for payments to prisoners jailed for attacks. "We shall not accept the (tax) money if it is not paid in full," Abbas told a central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the freezing of $138 million (122 million euros) over the Palestinian Authority's payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis.

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Feb 20, 2019

ACLU on border wall 'emergency': We'll see you in court, President Donald Trump
Donald Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda. No president has ever tried this before.

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Feb 20, 2019

Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave
More than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could be seen overhead and the sounds of intermittent gunbattles could be heard from the area, which is completely surrounded by the SDF. "The terrorists are entrenched inside, still betting on ending it militarily," said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office.

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Feb 20, 2019

Fiat's Unloved 500L Tries Again with the 2019 Urbana Edition
The compact-crossover version of the Fiat 500 gets a cosmetic blackout treatment that doesn't make up for its many shortcomings.

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Feb 20, 2019

Barack Obama Manages to Work in a Michelle Obama Compliment in a Discussion About 'Being a Man'
He also introduced NBA star Steph Curry as "Ayesha's husband"

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Feb 20, 2019

French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse
France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. "We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including "Heil Hitler", "dirty Jew" or "dirty Jews", comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision. The attacks on the cemeteries are the latest in a series of incidents across France in recent weeks that have alarmed the Jewish community and prompted calls for harder hitting legislation against those responsible.

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Feb 20, 2019

Vladimir Putin says Russia will target US if it places missiles in Europe
Vladimir Putin has said Russia will target the US with new nuclear weapons if it deploys missiles to Europe following the demise of a major arms control treaty. In an annual speech to the federal assembly, the Russian leader on Wednesday accused Washington of planning to deploy intermediate-range missiles to the continent following its withdrawal from a bilateral agreement banning those weapons. This would put the missiles within a 10-minute flight from Moscow, creating a serious threat to Russia and compelling it to consider "symmetrical and asymmetrical actions" in response, he said.  "Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons that can be used not only against those territories posing a direct threat to us, but also against those territories where the decision-making centres are," Mr Putin said, referring to the United States.  Russia and the United States have had hundreds of nuclear missiles pointed at each other since the Cold War, but Mr Putin's speech also detailed a bevy of new weapons Russia is developing, including hypersonic weapons and a nuclear-powered underwater drone. His comments marked an escalation in rhetoric from earlier this month, when he announced only a "symmetrical" response to Donald Trump's suspension of US participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Besides ceasing to observe the agreement, Russia would create a land-based version of its Kalibr cruise missile, he said at the t

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Feb 20, 2019

Gloves are off for Netanyahu and Gantz in election bout
The main challenger to Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's April elections had long sought to fight clean, but the gloves are now off after a series of attacks by the premier. Responding to repeated barbs by Netanyahu -- and to slipping poll numbers, commentators said -- Benny Gantz chided the prime minister on Tuesday night for spending years studying and working in business in the US. "When I lay in muddy foxholes with my soldiers on frozen winter nights, you, Benjamin Netanyahu, left Israel to improve your English and practice it at luxurious cocktail parties," Gantz told a gathering of his centrist Israel Resilience party.

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Feb 20, 2019

Putin, faced with ratings slump, offers Russians financial sweeteners
In his annual speech to the Russian political elite, Putin set out how he planned to raise people's living standards and boost healthcare and education, promising he would find extra money to back the pledges. Putin also laid out deadlines to close huge and sometimes apparently spontaneous landfill sites that have become a political sore for the Kremlin and angered many Russians who have seen them spring up near their homes, polluting the air. Bureaucratic red tape is of little interest to them," Putin told lawmakers and regional leaders.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest apologizes to travelers for spike in cancellations and delays, blames union
Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven apologized to travelers and said the union that represents its mechanics has a "history of work disruptions.''

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Feb 20, 2019

Huge winter storm moves east: Snow, sleet, heavy rain target 39 states
Every state east of the Mississippi is likely to get winter storm effects Wednesday, including Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington.

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Feb 20, 2019

IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship
A British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria said Wednesday she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship and was considering applying to settle in The Netherlands, the homeland of her husband. Shamima Begum, who travelled to Syria in 2015 and now wants to return to Britain after giving birth in a refugee camp in Syria last week, said the order was "unjust".

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Feb 20, 2019

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

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Feb 20, 2019

First lawsuit filed in Covington Catholic case, student seeking $250M from the Washington Post
The defamation lawsuit filed on behalf of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann alleges the teen has suffered permanent harm to his reputation as a result of the paper's malice; Doug McKelway reports.

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Feb 20, 2019

Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East Coast
A winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems. The National Weather Service warned the storm could make travel very difficult, with snow, sleet and freezing rain potentially causing downed branches and power outages. The storm reached from northern Minnesota down through Missouri and east into the Mid-Atlantic region and could bring as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow along with sleet and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said in an advisory.

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Feb 20, 2019

Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?
The Home Office has stripped jihadi bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, but the ongoing saga of what will happen next to her and her days-old son remains up in the air.  International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. On Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality, but the Home Office told The Telegraph laws in Bangladesh means the teenager automatically retains dual citizenship until she is 21.  Her family say they will consider "all legal avenues to challenge this decision", and Begum herself said that she may think about trying to travel with her terrorist husband to his home country of Holland to claim citizenship there.  The case has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Begum was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. She married an Isil fighter and on Sunday have birth to her third child at a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. Her first two children died. Begum's family has pleaded for the 19-year-old to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London. But what options do authorities have in such instances? Remain in Syria If Begum is not repatriated, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could han

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Feb 20, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020: 'We're not thinking at all about the next election'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, despite working on the senator's first presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, like Mr Sanders a self-described democratic socialist, refused to comment directly on the 77-year-old's Tuesday announcement he is running for a second time. "We're excited to see so many progressives in the race," spokesperson Corbin Trent said.

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Feb 20, 2019

Some Americans face a costly surprise this tax season: tiny refunds or bigger bills
For some, this tax season so far has come with a costly surprise - a tiny tax refund or a big tax bill. The shock is hitting their finances.

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Feb 20, 2019

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.

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Feb 20, 2019

How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It
Warehouse clubs such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club are marketed to consumers as great places to find bargains on all kinds of goods, particularly items sold in bulk. Many discount grocers offer comparable prices on the goods you can find at a warehouse club. For most customers, there are three major areas that will provide enough savings throughout the year to pay for a warehouse club membership.

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Feb 20, 2019

Covington Catholic student's legal team files $250M suit against The Washington Post
An attorney for Nick Sandmann says a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post was filed Tuesday for coverage of the CovCath incident.

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Feb 20, 2019

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian leader Narendra Modi vowed Wednesday to increase pressure on countries that fuel terrorism. The promise came as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadowed the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image. Modi did not mention Pakistan -- a key Saudi ally -- as he again blasted the "barbaric attack" in Kashmir last week that left at least 40 paramilitaries dead.

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Feb 20, 2019

Rep. Andy Biggs calls for a second special counsel to investigate Andrew McCabe
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says he no longer has confidence that the Department of Justice will conduct a proper investigation into former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

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Feb 20, 2019

Afghanistan rebukes Pakistan ambassador in ripple effect from Kashmir attack
Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador on Wednesday over his remarks that Afghan peace talks could be affected if India resorted to violence after last week's attack on Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir. In a statement issued after the meeting with Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah, the Foreign Ministry said it deemed his comments to be "in contradiction with Pakistan's commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan". Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen sharply since the suicide bomb attack in the disputed Kashmir region, which the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group claimed responsibility for.

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Feb 20, 2019

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'
The lawmakers, who support a second EU referendum and have long said May's Brexit strategy is being led by Conservative eurosceptics, said they would join a new independent group in parliament set up by seven former opposition Labour politicians. The resignations put May in an even weaker position in parliament, where her Brexit deal was crushed by lawmakers last month when both eurosceptics and EU supporters voted against an agreement they say offers the worst of all worlds. While the three were almost certain to vote against any deal, the hardening of their positions undermines May's negotiating position in Brussels, where she heads later to try to secure an opening for further work on revising the agreement.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest Air Drops as U.S. Shutdown Forces Cut to Outlook
The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects linger, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. "The company has continued to experience softness in passenger demand and bookings as a result of the government shutdown," Southwest said. Southwest dropped 4.5 percent to $55.10 at 9:39 a.m. in New York after sliding as much as 6.1 percent for the biggest intraday decline in three months.

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Feb 20, 2019

Cardinals blame 'homosexual agenda' for abuse crisis
Two cardinals criticised on Wednesday Pope Francis's approach to the clerical paedophilia crisis, saying "abuse of power" was not to blame but homosexuality. "We turn to you with deep distress! The Catholic world is adrift," US Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and German Cardinal Walter Brandmueller said in an open letter to the heads of the bishops' conferences. "Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism.

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Feb 20, 2019

Hoda Muthana: Trump claims responsibility for blocking Alabama Isis bride's return to US
Donald Trump has said he was behind the decision not to allow Isis bride Hoda Muthana back into the US. The president claimed responsibility for the move announced by Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. Ms Muthana, of Alabama, left the country to join Isis in Syria in 2014 when she was a university student.

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Feb 20, 2019

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony
Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday. "His wishes will be respected," a spokeswoman for his Karl Lagerfeld brand told AFP a day after the legendary designer died at the age of 85. Lagerfeld had previously said that his ashes would be mixed with those of his longtime lover, the French dandy Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989.

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Feb 20, 2019

The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summit
Pope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, draws church leaders from around the world.

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Feb 20, 2019

Who Are the 11 U.K. Lawmakers in the Independent Group?
Four MPs - three Conservative and one Labour - have joined the seven lawmakers who resigned from Labour on Monday. While the opposition party politicians quit in protest at its position on Brexit and allegations of antisemitism, the former Conservatives are primarily focused on Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of of the divorce from the European Union.

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Feb 20, 2019

Putin: We'll target U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe
Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (February 20). Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Feb 20, 2019

No more A380s? Why Airbus' bet on 'superjumbo' jets failed
It's official: Airbus will pull the plug on its A380 double-decker jet. The latest A380 is now expected to roll off the assembly line in 2021.

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Feb 20, 2019

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub
United Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.

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Feb 20, 2019

Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have postponed a planned meeting Thursday in Moscow for talks on Iranian military activity in Syria, an Israeli official said. The two leaders would speak by phone on Thursday instead, the official said on condition of anonymity Wednesday, adding that a new date for the meeting would be set as soon as possible. The official gave no reason for the postponement, but Israeli media said it was related to Netanyahu's strategizing with allied right-wing parties for April 9 elections ahead of a Thursday deadline for electoral lists to be submitted.

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Feb 20, 2019

Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. exchange Twitter jabs over 'Saturday Night Live' skit
After clashing with President Trump over his "SNL" impression, Alec Baldwin addressed criticism from another member of the family  - Donald Trump Jr.

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3 Conservative U.K. Lawmakers Defect to New Independent Group Over 'Disastrous Handling of Brexit'
The trio accused the Conservative Party of abandoning the political center ground

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Feb 20, 2019

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say
Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.

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As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition
Last month, Venezuelan opposition leader and Congress chief Juan Guaido invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro's reelection in May 2018 illegitimate. In an effort to secure the backing of Venezuela's military, Guaido proposed an amnesty for officers who turn on Maduro's government. Amid fears the changes have stalled, opposition leaders have begun to talk in the past week about bringing ruling Socialist Party stalwarts into a potential transition government.

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Putin threatens to target US if it deploys missiles to Europe: ‘Let them count the range and speed of our weapons'
President Vladimir Putin threatened the United States with an expanded array of strategic weapons on Wednesday, announcing a new hypersonic missile and the early deployment of nuclear submarines equipped with long-distance underwater drones. Mr Putin's harsh rhetoric, delivered in his annual state of the nation address, was a return to familiar territory. Exactly one year ago he used the same speech to unveil a new generation of six nuclear weapons, and deployed an animated video showing a direct strike on Florida to emphasise his point.

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Factbox: Who has quit Theresa May's Conservative Party? And what does it mean?
Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party quit to join an independent group in parliament on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans. May's Conservative Party does not have a majority in parliament and is only able to govern thanks to a deal with 10 lawmakers from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. There are now 313 active Conservative lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament.

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EU border guard chief says 'no burning crisis' over migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union faces "no burning crisis" right now over migrant arrivals, but more people from Africa are trying to enter Europe through Spain from Morocco, the head of the EU's border and coast guard agency said Wednesday.

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North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at Government Guesthouse: sources
It could take Kim at least two and a half days to travel the thousands of kilometers through China by train, from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Vietnam, meaning he would have to set off later this week in time for his planned Feb. 25 arrival. Kim's train will stop at the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang, where he will disembark and drive 170 km (105 miles) to Hanoi by car, the sources said. Trump and Kim will meet in the Vietnamese capital on Feb. 27-28, eight months after a historic summit in Singapore in June - the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader - at which they pledged to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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Feb 20, 2019

Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock Market
Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont want to penalize "self-indulgent" corporations that buy back their own stock. In a recent article in the New York Times, they argued that when companies repurchase shares, not only do the vast majority of Americans not benefit, but income inequality is exacerbated since only wealthy shareholders and corporate management profit.Despite decades of extraordinary success that the United States has enjoyed and that we enjoy today, Schumer and Sanders believe that something sinister is taking place in the corporate world. They call buybacks a form of "corporate self-indulgence." Why? Because corporate boardrooms have become obsessed with maximizing only shareholder earnings to the detriment of workers and the long-term strength of their companies. . . . Companies, rather than investing in ways to make their businesses more resilient or their workers more productive, have been dedicating ever larger shares of their profits to dividends and corporate repurchases.Now even some Republicans are getting on board. Florida senator Marco Rubio has suggested changes in the tax law to discourage buybacks because he says they "inflate" the prices of stock "at the expense of future productivity & job creation."These senators don't seem to fully understand that the purpose of a business is to allocate resources in a way that maximizes per share results over the long run. To think that this can be achieved at the expense of workers, at the ex

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Putin warns new missiles could target 'decision-making centres'
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would have to deploy missiles targeting "decision-making centres" if Washington sends missiles to Europe. The announcement comes after the US said it would withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms treaty over what it said were Russian violations, prompting a mirror move from Moscow. "Russia does not intend to be the first to deploy such missiles in Europe," Putin said during an annual state of the nation address.

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Feb 20, 2019

Why vote for Sanders when you can have Elizabeth Warren instead?
Senator Bernie Sanders announced his 2020 presidential run on Tuesday, reigniting old divisions within the Democratic party. In the 2016 primary, Democratic voters were presented with a choice: Sanders, who represented the potential of redistributive policy, and Clinton, who represented the possibility of shattering, as she put it, the last, highest glass ceiling. For leftist women, to express enthusiasm for Sanders' policy proposals was seen as condoning the sexist attacks on Clinton.

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Feb 20, 2019

Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw
The row, initially sparked by media reports suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, deepened on Monday after the comment by his minister Israel Katz, who also labeled Poles anti-Semites. Katz's words led Poland to pull out of a planned summit of central European states in Israel. U.S. ambassador Georgette Mosbacher, asked if Katz should apologize, said the comment "warrants an apology".

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Feb 20, 2019

Kelsey Berreth beaten to death with baseball bat, according to court testimony
A man beat his fianceé to death with a baseball bat, convinced a woman he was having an affair with to clean up the bloody crime scene and then burned the victim's remains while she watched, investigators said Tuesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

French ski patroller killed in Crans-Montana avalanche: Swiss police
A French ski patroller has died from injuries after being caught in an avalanche in Switzerland, but rescuers have called off their search after finding no more casualties on the piste in Crans-Montana, police said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Feb 20, 2019

Cold case solved 46 years after girl's murder
Police in Southern California have arrested a suspect in the decades-old murder of 11-year-old Linda Ann O'Keefe, sources told ABC News on Tuesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Palestinian president rejects tax money from Israel
The Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA's financial support of militants' families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following the 1993 Oslo peace accords, has suffered a series of financial blows in the past year. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects taxes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip and makes monthly payments to the PA, which says it receives around $222 million each month.

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Feb 20, 2019

Shamima Begum: Being stripped of my British citizenship is hard to swallow and unjust
Shamima Begum, the Isil bride, has described being stripped of her British citizenship is "unjust" and "hard to swallow" after she was shown the Home Office's documentation of the decision.  The 19-year-old, who had expressed the desire to return to the UK with her newborn son, was banned on Tuesday from entering the country. At a refugee camp in northeastern Syria, she was shown the Government's letter, showing that she is no longer a British national.  "I don't know what to say," she told ITV News. "I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked. It's a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it's a bit unjust on me and my son." She added: "It's kind of heart-breaking to read. My family made it sound like it would be a lot easier for me to come back to the UK when I was speaking to them in Baghouz. It's kind of hard to swallow." Isil bride Shamima Begum | Read more Begum claimed that she was being treated harshly because "I was on the news four years ago", saying that she heard of "other people being sent back to Britain".  "I don't know why my case is any different," she added.  International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. But on Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality.  While her family have said they are "considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision

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Saudi Prince Pledges to Help India Fight Terror
"Terrorism is a common concern and Saudi Arabia will cooperate with India in fighting it, including in matters like intelligence sharing," Prince Mohammed said in a press statement alongside Modi in New Delhi. The comments were part of the Saudi royal's delicate diplomacy, as he visits both nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors amid heightened geopolitical tensions.

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Feb 20, 2019

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man
A student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (£191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied" him due to its "biased agenda" against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the president's signature "Make America Great Again" hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.

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Feb 20, 2019

Pomona man arrested on suspicion of killing 11-year-old boy in Inglewood in 1990
Inglewood police arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of murdering an 11-year-old boy in 1990.

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The Teen From the Lincoln Memorial Protest Is Suing the Washington Post for $250 Million
The family of Nicholas Sandmann, the teen caught up in a viral encounter in January, has sued The Washington Post for $250 million

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Newport Beach cold case: Arrest made in connection to 1973 Linda O'Keefe murder case
An arrest was made in connection to a 1973 cold case involving the murder of an 11-year-old girl in Newport Beach, ABC News reports.

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Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

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Saudi crown prince looks for 'good things' from India trip
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a warm welcome in India Wednesday, with Riyadh eager to demonstrate it is not an international pariah after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October. The killing of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the prince, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul tarnished the image of the kingdom and the prince, who is staging a high-profile Asian tour to demonstrate he still has allies. Prince Mohammed predicted "good things" will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the world's largest democracy Wednesday.

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Video showing boy in wheelchair jump on trampoline goes viral
A viral video of a little boy in a wheelchair jumping on a trampoline with his coach is warming hearts around the world.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aid
Venezuela's military said Tuesday it was on alert at its frontiers following threats by US President Donald Trump and suspended air and sea links with the island of Curacao ahead of a planned aid shipment. Opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido has vowed to bring aid in from various points Saturday "one way or another" despite military efforts to block it. "The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders... to avoid any violations of territorial integrity," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

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