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Monday weather: Cloudy, with late rain, and highs around 40

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North northwest wind 5 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible. Wednesday night , a 40 percent chance of snow before 11 p.m. Tonight: Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. North northwest wind 6 to 10 miles per hour becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Read More »

Billionaire Tom Steyer to deliver copies of 'Fire and Fury' to lawmakers

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Steyer spent almost $100 million on organizing efforts during the 2016 campaign, where Republicans won the White House and maintained control of the House and Senate. But he said his funding for voter mobilization efforts in specific House districts wouldn't be based on a litmus test of whether Democrats in those districts support impeachment. Read More »

Trump legal team seeking to avoid formal interview with Mueller

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Manafort". The president's team is deliberating ways to avoid a sit-down interview between Trump and Mueller's team, sources familiar with the matter told NBC. Justice Department veterans reportedly saw a Mueller interview as likely, speculating that he wouldn't pass up the opportunity to interview the president. Read More »

Britain's Princess Charlotte starts nursery school

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With a little backpack on her bag, she's wearing a wine jacket with matching shoes and bow in her hair. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrives at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany, July 19, 2017, in Berlin. Read More »

Status Orange severe weather warning for Kilkenny tonight

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Met Éireann have advised that it will turn very cold tonight with lowest temperatures falling to between -4 and -6 degrees. A Status Orange weather warning is in place for Donegal with another night of freezing temperatures forecast for the county. Read More »

United States to end special protections for Salvadorans

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The administration has been phasing out temporary protected status granted by Republican and Democratic administrations to 437,000 people from 10 countries who have suffered from armed conflicts, earthquakes and other natural disasters, according to the Congressional Research Service . Read More »

San Diego Spent $278K to Protect Border Wall Prototypes

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Negotiations between the White House and lawmakers are expected to intensify this week. Dick Durbin of IL, the minority whip, said in a statement . Schumer also stressed the need for the Senate to improve on an $81 billion disaster aid package backed by the House in December. 'We hope that we're going to be able to work out an arrangement with the Democrats, ' the president said. Read More »

Patrick McLoughlin resigns as Conservative chairman

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It is her first major reshuffle since the 2017 general election which saw the Conservative Party lose their parliamentary majority. Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that he is no longer the chairman of the Conservative party, telling reporters that after eight years in cabinet, he had had a "very good run". Read More »

'Flight Of The Conchords' set to return for an hour-long special

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HBO did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Flight Of The Conchords will be touring the United Kingdom throughout March but have no further dates scheduled. Flight Of The Conchords left a massive impression with TV viewers, despite only airing 22 episodes, across two seasons, and it coming off the air back in 2009. Read More »

Trump book author says his revelations will bring down U.S. president

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The President's fitness for office has been questioned since the publication of a highly critical book, Fire and Fury , which claims that Mr Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, questioned his competence. Wolff released a book Friday, in which Bannon is quoted saying derogatory statements about other White House officials and members of Trump's family. Read More »

Germany's Coalition Talks Are Back On After Months Of Uncertainty

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The secretary general of German Social Democratic Party, gave comments after the coalition talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance. The talks, which are due to end on Friday, are only exploratory and would have to be followed up by formal negotiations. If they find common ground, official coalition negotiations will begin as early as March. Read More »

Fire on rooftop of Trump Tower

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The Department said its fighters were at the scene of the fire. Trump tower is seen in midtown Manhattan , New York . The president was not inside the building at the time. There were no immediate reports that anyone was injured, and Mr Trump was not at the 58-storey building. Smoke billowed from one corner of the high-rise for a while before most of it dissipated. Read More »

BBCs China editor quits post in gender pay gap row

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Since Gracie confirmed her resignation in an open letter , Emma Watson has joined top broadcasters and MPs in voicing her support of the journalist's decision. "Instead the BBC offered me a big pay rise which remained far short of equality". Senior journalists from rival broadcasters also backed Ms Gracie, among them Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, who said it was "a tragedy for the @BBC to lose such a talented China Editor #equalpay". Read More »

Israel Bans Entry For 20 Groups Over BDS Support

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The blacklist now covers around 20 groups the ministry says are part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) and which it says consistently and openly work to delegitmize Israel. "We answered the call for divestment from apartheid South Africa and we have done the same with the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions from Palestinians who have faced decades of human rights violations", said Kerri Kennedy, an AFSC official responsible for global programs. Read More »

SC to re-examine law criminalising gay sex

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In its landmark judgment, the Supreme Court said that "sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy". In 2013, Suresh Kumar Koushal and another v/s NAZ Foundation and others case, the Supreme Court of India which overturned the Delhi High Court case Naz Foundation v. Read More »

Congress chief to visit Bahrain

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Several senior leaders in the state had been pitching for former minister Niranjan Patnaik as the favoured candidate for the top post. Rahul Gandhi had gone on a 15-day-trip to the United States of America during September previous year. Read More »

Stars to walk Golden Globes red carpet with activists

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Numerous celebrities who walked down Sunday's Golden Globe Awards donned black frocks to show their support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment. "It is global, it is systemic, it is structural". "But it is a critical point". From a mother/daughter winning duo ( Diana and Tracee Ellis Ross ) to the woman with the most ever Globes wins ( Meryl Streep ), 2018 is all about the ladies. Read More »

Theresa May ready to replace top cabinet ministers in reshuffle

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In November, Mrs May was forced to replace two other cabinet secretaries who resigned in disgrace - Michael Fallon and Priti Patel - but carried out very limited reshuffles. There has been speculation Mr Hunt could be promoted to take on the role - which would see him deputise for Mrs May at Prime Minister's Questions and chair a host of influential cabinet sub-committees on Brexit . Read More »

Five killed in Bengaluru bar fire

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The fire has now been put out. The victims, including a woman, were employees of the eatery and were sleeping inside the restaurant when it got engulfed in flames. The incident took place at Kailash bar and restaurant in Kalasipalayam, which is believed to be a busy street. The police identified the dead as Swami, Prasad and Mahesh from Tumakuru, Manjunath from Hassan, and Keerthi from Mandya. Read More »

What does Sessions' policy mean for the future of marijuana?

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Another 21 USA states permit the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Robert Troyer, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and the man who decides how to enforce federal cannabis laws here, issued a statement shortly after Sessions issued his memo , saying that his office had already been operating under the principles Sessions outlined, and would continue focusing on the "greatest safety threats to our communities around the state". Read More »

Mnangagwa rules out coalition government

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We are a democratic country; people can lobby for anything. On Friday, he did not speak to reporters after meeting President Mnangagwa. Zimbabwe's new Head of State Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid a visit to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai at his Highlands residence. Read More »

Theresa May opposes Windsor council leader over homeless people

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Homeless charities reacted angrily Thursday to his suggestion that homelessness should be treated as a police matter so Windsor can make a positive impression on visitors during the royal nuptials. "We deal with reports of begging proportionately but we have not had reports of anyone being marched to cashpoints to take out money". But the local police hit back on the social media network, saying: " Housing is the responsibility of the council but it is better that agencies work together ... Read More »

Hold on! Trump makes everyone wait on 'Fake News Awards'

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What's more, Donald Trump will get the press to cover it (which I guess I'm doing right now). There has never been good relations between Donald Trump and the mainstream American Media. The bad news is he's itching to start a nuclear war. "This is a real dilemma for the president because, on one hand, he loves awards and trophies". I don't think this wins the president a single vote or advances his agenda a single inch. Read More »

Sushma meets new Asean Secretary General

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Sunday that wherever she goes, she's told that Non Resident Indians (NRIs) are hard working, good neighbours, and law-abiding citizens, ANI reported. Startups and Innovation - Both India and ASEAN have emphasized in innovation and startup ecosystem. She also met delegates from the ASEAN countries attending the PBD. Read More »

Bannon was going to defend Trump until Trump attacked him

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U.S. President Donald Trump's attempt to block the book's publication, his Twitter attacks against Wolff , and the publisher's decision to move up the release date to Friday only stoked reader interest. Book collector James Conrad added his name to a growing list of customers who'd like to reserve a copy from the next round of published books ordered by the Rice Village store. Read More »

Abbas attends Greek Orthodox midnight mass in Bethlehem

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Scuffles with the police erupted as protesters demanded that he resign due to suspicions that the church had struck deals to sell Palestinian land to settlement companies and official institutions in Israel. Earlier on Saturday, scores of demonstrators rallied in Bethlehem to call for boycotting the patriarch. The reason for the discord appears to be a vast territory in the Holy Land owned by Greek Orthodox Church and now leased out long-term to residents. Read More »

Trump Administration Sanctions Five Iranian Companies Over Missile Work

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Iranian pro-government demonstrators set a makeshift USA flag on fire during a march after the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in Tehran on January 5, 2018. "The United States will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime's malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses", he said. Read More »

Newport County boss Michael Flynn hails "outstanding" Shawn McCoulsky header

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Very few people expected Newport to get the win over Leeds today, especially as the Yorkshire club soundly beat them 5-1 at Elland Road in the First Round of the Carabao Cup earlier in the season. Top flight West Ham United also flirted with danger at League One (third-tier) high-flyers Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, escaping with a 0-0 draw after being largely outplayed. Read More »

States Won't Back Down From Sessions On Marijuana

The AP is reporting that Jeff Sessions will rescind key Department of Justice guidelines that were promulgated to allow states, at their discretion, to relax certain restrictions on the recreational use of marijuana without the threat of federal interference. Read More »

SEC investigating Kushner family company

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The SEC is probing Kushner Companies over its use of the EB-5 program, which provides green cards to immigrants who invest at least $500,000 in certain USA businesses. In addition to Meyer's controversial presentation, the campaign's local organizer, QWOS Group, also known as Qiaowai, came under fire for allegedly misrepresenting the program and the group's ties to the Trump administration. Read More »