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Five Missing After Natural Gas Drilling Rig Explodes in Oklahoma

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A gas explosion occurred at a Trinity Resources well in the same area in February 2017, injuring a worker. Enloe said the explosion also started grass fires that are being contained, but said the rig was almost engulfed in flames. Enloe said firefighters were letting the blaze burn and weren't putting water on it to keep from spreading possible hazardous materials at the site. Emergency teams are working with the rig operators to get the well shut and contained, said Enloe. Read More »

75% of Brits don't trust social media

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A survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos found trust in U.S. institutions plunged during President Donald Trump's first year in office, dropping below China, and for some respondents, Russia. "The root cause of this fall is the lack of objective facts and rational discourse". The study also found that more than half of British people (53 per cent) worry about being exposed to "fake news" on social media and that 64 per cent can not tell the difference between ... Read More »

Cardi B Defends Offset After "Queer" Lyric Backlash

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Now rapper Cardi B has spoken out to defend her fiance, claiming he didn't know it was a "bad word". But I'm not going to let someone call him homophobic because he's not... "Why don't you educate me and say, 'Hey, you're not supposed to use that word, you know that's derogatory'". Join us on Vero , as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Read More »

Russia's Lavrov: Kurdish Representatives Invited to Syria Sochi Congress

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First, Washington will have to fix its fraying relationship with Turkey, without whose territory and cooperation it can not operate effectively inside Syria or resupply US forces. Turkey had given no guarantee to Russian Federation or any other country that military operation will be limited to Syria's Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday. Read More »

Honoured to be in Israel's capital Jerusalem: Pence

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He said: 'In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem - and the embassy will open next year'. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an Abbas adviser, reiterated that the United States "is no longer acceptable as a mediator" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More »

Pence defends Trump on 'shithole' countries remark

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Earlier last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump's private lawyer, Michael Cohen , used a private DE company and pseudonyms to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels just weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Pence said he had received no blowback from world leaders after Trump made the immigration comments. "Let me say we welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, the government shutdown in Washington, ... Read More »

Vermont: Governor Signs Law Legalizing Marijuana Use, Cultivation By Adults

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The new law , which takes effect on July 1, allows adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public, to grow up to six plants (two of them mature at any one time) per household, and to keep whatever they produce. But the critics also include Scott himself, who originally vetoed the legislation because he didn't think it was tough enough on high drivers and people who provide marijuana to minors. Read More »

Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles

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And just as everyone predicted at the start of the season - quarterbacks Nick Foles and Case Keenum will meet with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. No Vikings running back managed to rush for more than 32 yards. The Jaguars lead the National Football League in passing yards and passer rating allowed; combine that with a less-than-100-percent Brady (or backup QB Brian Hoyer), and New England could have a hard time putting up points Sunday. Read More »

Saraswati Puja celebrated with religious fervour

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When is Basant Panchami? The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, puspoanjoli, archanas, anjolis, aratis, distribution of prashad, arati competitions, cultural functions and staging of dramas at temples, educational institutions and domestic residences in the country. Read More »

Gujarat blasts conspirator arrested

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Qureshi has been accused of plotting the blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July 26, 2008 that killed 56 people and injured over 200 others. The police believe Qureshi, who is a trained bomb-maker, is also the founder of Indian Mujahideen. Read More »

REAL ID: DMV begins to accept applications

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A United States passport, passport card, military ID, or another form of transportation safety administration approved identification will still be accepted to board an airplane. Keep in mind that you do not need a new REAL ID to drive, vote, or if you do not plan on flying domestically. If they don't have the new card, people will still be allowed to use their passports or military IDs to pass through airport or military base security once the identification card changes take effect in ... Read More »

Unified Korean Olympic Team To March At PyeongChang 2018

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The North will also send athletes to take part in figure skating, short track speed skating, cross-country and Alpine skiing at the February 9-25 Games. The IOC will also have to decide on the format of such participation, including questions related to the official protocol (flag, anthem, ceremonies, uniform, etc.). Read More »

Oklahoma City bombing memorial open to visitors

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The Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service (NPS), has issued an "Important Shutdown Notice" to announce that the NPS is "conducting no park operations and providing no visitor services". The parks that remain open will have limited services. A day before the 2013 shutdown , Trump told Fox News that "problems start from the top". Read More »

CNN doctor claims Trump's physical shows he has heart disease

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Psychiatric exams are not part of presidential physicals, but Trump aides have insisted that Trump doesn't need one. On Tuesday night, Gunn offered $100,000 to Trump's favorite charity if he would "step on an accurate scale with an impartial medical professional" agreed upon by both Gunn and Trump. Read More »

White House's Raj Shah: Democrats 'blinked' in negotiations on spending

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No decision was made, Politico reported . Meanwhile, the stalemate goes on. The Senate failed Friday night to get the votes needed to pass a temporary spending bill that would have kept the government operating until February 16. Without a deal for Dreamers, Democrats promised not to vote for a spending measure, resulting in the almost three-day government shutdown . "U.S. Read More »

SC to hear Rajasthan, MP's appeals against Padmaavat release

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The Supreme Court had earlier struck down the bans imposed by several states on the controversial movie Padmaavat , clearing the way for its release on January 25. Meanwhile, along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana governments too banned the release of the movie, amid violent protests and threats from various Rajput groups. Read More »

Trump Staff "Irrational" About Immigration: Senior Republican Senator

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It's essential to have border security with a wall, but he also understood the idea that we had to do it with compassion. "He isn't. I think that's one of the reasons the American people love him". Trump's comment faced a major backlash from Paul G. Altidor, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S. He strongly condemned the Trump's comments. A few days after Trump sounded receptive when inviting the duo to the White House to discuss their bill - only to change his tune after consultations with ... Read More »

Monday forecast: rain likely for afternoon, high 64

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Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. The main threat will be damaging wind gusts. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Any freezing precipitation will switch over to rain sometime Tuesday morning, when temperatures will rise again into the upper 40s and lower-mid 50s. Read More »

To end government shutdown, Trump suggests Senate use 'nuclear option'

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The Senate vote was 81-18 - well above the 60 votes needed. Results from the final Senate vote on the Republican bill aimed at thwarting a shutdown were announced around midnight and it was 10 votes short. "Due to this obstruction, the government is shutdown ". "They've got no exit strategy", he said just before the vote. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would reopen for visitors Monday, with the state of NY picking up the tab for federal workers for the duration of the ... Read More »

Court: State's congressional maps 'clearly, plainly' violate state constitution

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The Democratic-controlled court, which said that the districts violate the state constitution , gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until February 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. That state's map is so aggressively gerrymandered that Republicans won 13 of the state's 18 congressional districts in 2012, despite the fact that Democrats won a majority of the popular vote - and Republicans have held those districts ever since. Read More »

US Senate To Vote Monday To End Shutdown

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Democrats refused to provide votes needed to reopen government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and boosting spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs. Read More »

Rex Tillerson Visits New US Embassy in London that Trump Criticized

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Tillerson said Monday while travelling in Europe that the US recognizes Turkey's "legitimate right" to defend itself from terrorists. Johnson described the relationship as "absolutely fundamental" to Britain's economy. But his decision came after a series of rows and after it became clear the visit would be met with mass protests. The U.S. official said that Tillerson will be discussing the U.S. Read More »

Israeli Arab Joint List Knesset Members Removed Ahead of Pence Speech

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Pence's visit, which is being boycotted across the board by Palestinians, is the highest-level USA visit to the region since Trump on December 6 unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promised to begin the process of moving the American embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More »

Turkish Jets Bomb Kurdish-Run City Of Afrin In Syria

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Meanwhile, Turkey launched a military operation on January 22 towards Afrin from Syria's Azaz, the Turkish military announced around noon on the same day, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency . Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reportedly said they are targeting US-backed Kurdish fighters. But the United States is backing the YPG in Syria , seeing it as an effective partner in the fight against ISIS. Read More »

Transformers: The Last Knight Leads Razzie Nominees

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Wahlberg recently made headlines for making significantly more money than co-star Michelle Williams during reshoots of All the Money in the World, and eventually donated it all to Time's Up after a public outcry. Efron starred in Baywatch , which was also nominated for worst screenplay; while Lawrence's role in the divisive horror /satire Mother! gained the film its only nomination. Read More »

Teen suspect shoots 15-year-old girl at Italy, Texas school

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Neither knows the girl's condition. The school will partner with Region 10 to provide grief counseling for students, he said. An Italy ISD parent showed WFAA a text message alert from Superintendent Lee Joffre. Authorities say a 15-year-old female student has been airlifted to a hospital after being shot at a Texas high school and a 16-year-old male student is in custody. Read More »

Weah Takes Office Today As Liberia's President

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Former global footballer Weah played a friendly match against the Liberian Armed Forces side, fronting his All Stars team of former national players and friends, two days before his inauguration. A period of uncertainty followed, eventually leading to back-to-back civil wars between 1989 and 2003, which left an estimated 250,000 people dead and the country's economy and infrastructure in ruins. Read More »

Congress told Lynch knew of plans to clear Clinton

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We learn from Senator Johnson's letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page . "Strzok said in a July 1 text message that the timing of Lynch's announcement 'looks like hell, '" the AP reported. Page told Strzok in a text message that "maybe you're meant to stay where you are because you're meant to protect the country from that menace". Read More »

US President Donald Trump insists he is not a racist

Dick Durbin , the Illinois Democrat who went public with accusations about Trump using the language at a closed-door meeting Thursday in the Oval Office. "I can just say what was described in the meeting I had was identical to what was reported later in the news", Flake said. The official said that although this might enrage Washington , staffers predicted the comment would resonate with Trump's base, similarly to how Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem did. Read More »

Meet New Chief Election Commissioner

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Prior to his appointment as election commissioner , Rawat served as secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. According to the news reported in NDTV, Om Prakash Rawat is a retired IAS officer of 1977 batch. "Also, the model code of conduct that imposed before every election, poses several constraints in the way of smooth governance, which can be done away with", Rawat had said. Read More »

Spain in extradition bid as exiled Catalan leader travels to Denmark

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Puigdemont was to take part in a debate on Catalonia at the University of Copenhagen later Monday. Carles Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for involvement in a controversial independence referendum. Shortly after his arrival in Copenhagen, Spain's state prosecution service said it had asked the Supreme Court to reactivate the warrant, on charges of sedition and rebellion, originally issued - and later lifted - after he fled to Belgium. Read More »

Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating

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It may come as no surprise, but a new poll has found that Israelis like President Donald Trump more than former President Barack Obama, while the reverse was true in most other countries. Some of the biggest losses were among Washington's closest allies in western Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was up in Israel, Poland, Slovakia, Belarus, Liberia, Lebanon, Iraq, and in perennial US rival Russian Federation, where approval of USA leadership registered only eight per cent, ... Read More »