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White House sees good chance of long-term budget deal

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The short-term agreement the House is considering would fund the government through March 23 and provide money for defense for the rest of the fiscal year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the two-year budget agreement , which will provide almost US$300 billion more for defence and non-defence spending, ending a months-long impasse on spending priorities. Read More »

North Korean official facing sanctions may get exemption

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Pence is in Tokyo on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea and was speaking at the start of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . But the January 31 trip wasn't official until less than two hours before the chartered Asiana Airlines flight carrying the South Korean skiers took off for the North's Kalma Airport. Read More »

Met Office warning for ice on parts of the Isle of Wight

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As for this week, most of the country is set to be hit by flurries of snow, sleet and rain up to the weekend. A yellow weather warning will be in place until midday on Friday for most of Scotland, northern England, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More »

Russia 'Successfully Penetrated' US Voter Systems in 2016

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Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, declined to go into detail about classified information, but confirmed to NBC News that Russian hackers targeted 21 state voter registration rolls - "and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated". Read More »

Conservatives Line Up Against McConnell-Schumer Spending Deal

And that's already causing a snag in the House. Some form of a debt ceiling increase will be in the final deal, two sources with direct knowledge tell CNN. The bill came as the result of a 2011 standoff over the U.S. debt ceiling , when Republicans in Congress demanded spending cuts in exchange for giving the Obama administration the needed legal headroom to pay the federal government's obligations to its bondholders. Read More »

Winter Olympics have snowballed since the first Games in 1924

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Prospects of a meeting between United States and North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics dimmed further after the North's official KCNA news agency, citing a senior official of the reclusive regime, reported that Pyongyang has no intention of meeting American officials during the Games, Reuters reports . Read More »

Israeli Police Will Recommend Indicting Netanyahu

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Signs that read " Netanyahu is guilty until proven innocent" will come. Police have established a team of investigators whose job is to try and find error and "holes" in the cases against Netanyahu , Channel 10 and Ynet reported. Alsheikh formerly served as deputy director of the domestic security agency. Alsheikh's insinuation is "so grave" that it warrants its own "objective investigation" on the police handling of the cases, added Netanyahu . Read More »

Significant impacts for the Monday evening commute

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The mountains will see a different start to Monday with gusty winds and an increase in snow showers. Daytime highs forecast for the weekend are in the mid-40s, with rain possible both Saturday and Sunday . North Shore, Metro Boston and Southern Massachusetts saw a coating to 2 inches of snow. Mike Johnson with the National Weather Service in Memphis says that around 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm Tuesday night , temperatures could get at or below freezing. Read More »

Winter Storm Watch issued for the Quad Cities

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Winds are expected to be no more than 10 miles per hour, and temperatures should be in the upper teens overnight Thursday and mid-20s Friday. There is a Winter Storm Watch for Lafayette, Green, Rock and Jefferson counties for Thursday night and Friday, as those areas would see the highest snowfall amounts as it stands now. Read More »

Unclassified Senate Doc Reveals 2nd Trump Dossier Authored by Spy

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Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, that they must finish what was necessary to approve the memo in question for release by Feb. 6. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had asked the Justice Department in January to investigate Steele based on evidence they say suggests he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the media (a violation of 18 USC 1001) - or the Federal Bureau of Investigation misrepresented Steele's statements. Read More »

Northern Irish economy faces 12% hit with no UK Brexit deal

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The figures are remarkably similar to those produced by the Scottish government last month - which were dismissed at the time as "completely over-the-top scaremongering" by the Scottish Conservatives. The Government was forced to release the 32-page document, which was prepared by Whitehall officials for the Department for Exiting the EU, amid pressure from Labour and pro-EU Tories. Read More »

More say Trump responsible for economy than Obama

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Here are five key numbers on how Republicans are sticking by the man in the Oval Office. It is quite a shift from a poll taken last month by Reuters that put Republican support for law enforcement agencies at 91 percent, and comes following the release of a memo by the House Intelligence Committee, which was drafted by the staff of Republican Representative Devin Nunes. Read More »

More snow expected tonight, Wednesday morning

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Wednesday's storm is looking like a mess of everything at this point. Wednesday delivered a messy wintry mix of weather as promised, with morning snow changing to sleet and freezing rain and then plain rain for most of us by afternoon. Read More »

Hot air balloon makes hard landing at Dixon's Creek, Yarra Valley

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The Country Fire Authority and at least five ambulances are at the scene. They were on location covering a hot air balloon crash landing in Victoria's Yarra Vally, when the driver deliberately got them damp. "We have numerous hot air balloon companies that work in the area on a daily basis and this is a rarity". Witness Mark told 3AW radio he saw the hot air balloon come down in a field. Read More »

Woman gouges out own eyeballs outside SC church, witnesses say

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The church worker claims the February 6 incident was so shocking a 911 dispatcher didn't believe her story at first. Hiott told reporters she had seen the woman in the Anderson church occasionally before the gory incident. A retired minister who helped the woman, Rev. Terry Mitchell, says it appeared she had intentionally hurt herself on nearby railroad tracks. Deputies and emergency workers arrived at the scene and determined the injury to the eye was self-inflicted and the woman was ... Read More »

ACA enrollment reaches 11.8 million for 2018

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Only 11 states plus Washington D.C. have their own exchanges, but the state-specific marketplaces spurred those states to level sign-ups a year ago. "If you had asked me a year ago whether enrollment for 2018 would be nearly equal to 2017, I would have laughed at you", said Larry Levitt, who follows the health law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Read More »

A Look At Doping From Ancient Greece To The 2018 Olympics

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North Korea also said it could now place a miniaturised nuclear weapon on top of a missile. The North's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, is expected to arrive later to attend opening ceremony . Because of her influence, the South Korean media calls her the North's Ivanka Trump. Others attending as official members of the delegation are Pence's wife, Karen Pence; Army General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Read More »

N. Korea's cheer squad, officials arrive in S. Korea

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They have previously used it in the 41 World Table Tennis Championships, the 8 FIFA World Youth Football Championships, two Asian Games, as well as four Olympics , most recently, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. South Korean authorities, however, remain unfazed, pointing out that the Pyeongchang Games may contribute to improving bilateral ties amid ongoing tension between the two Koreas. Read More »

Sri Lanka opt to bat first in second Bangladesh Test

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Abrur Razzak, playing his first Test in four years, gave the hosts a breakthrough when he got Dimuth Karunaratne stumped in the sixth over thanks to some good works from Liton Das. Catch all the Live scores and updates of the first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Read More »

Texas officer shot and killed, suspect in custody

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The officer was rushed to the hospital but later confirmed dead. Richardson police did not identify the officer killed, the Dallas Morning News reports . The officer's condition was unknown and there may be others who were wounded, the report states. She said police were calling out to the suspect to let them help, and then she heard another shot. Read More »

North Korea 'only months away' from United States nuclear strike, claims diplomat

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Asked what the basis was for his assessment, Wood said he had "no new information to share". Fireworks are seen above the Taedong River during New Year celebrations as visitors pose for a photo in front of an ice sculpture of an intercontinental ballistic missile at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo on January 1. Read More »

Pence Pledges Vigilance, Resolve Against North Korea Threats

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Pence says that his message will always be the same - that North Korea "must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions". The Japanese leader said he and Pence had spent "a good amount of time" discussing North Korea and have "completely aligned" their policies about Pyongyang. Read More »

Police chiefs in 'unanimous agreement' to recommend indictment against Netanyahu

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There will be recommendations, there will be signs saying 'Bibi is guilty until proven innocent, ' ... but I'm certain that all the legal experts will eventually reach the same conclusion: There is nothing". The second deals with alleged quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and a newspaper publisher for favorable coverage in exchange for weakening a rival newspaper. Read More »

Kvitova ends title wait By

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The Frenchwoman will drop to No.13 in the WTA rankings while Kvitova is projected to rise to No.21. Double Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova captured the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy here Sunday evening for her first title of the year, beating defending champion Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Read More »

Pope praises joint Korean Olympic teams, Vatican willing to back peace initiatives

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Canada's Patrick Chan practices on the men single skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena before the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 7, 2018. He will also meet American troops who would be on the front lines of defending America if a crisis with North Korea erupted. "An estimated 100,000 North Koreans suffer in gulags, toiling in forced labor, and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis", Pence said. Read More »

Turkey captures PYD/PKK tunnel network in NW Syria

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Syrian rescuers evacuate badly injured people following regime strikes on the besieged rebel-held enclave of Kafr Batna near Damascus on February 6, 2018. Sweden and Kuwait have called for a U.N. Security Council meeting on the escalating violence in several areas of Syria and the "dire consequences" for the already critical humanitarian situation in the war-torn country. Read More »

USA launches fresh air attacks on Taliban training centres in Afghanistan

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A US service member passes in front of a MQ-9 Reaper drone, one of a squadron that has arrived to step up the fight against the Taliban, at the Kandahar air base, Afghanistan, Jan. The airstrike was meant to "destroy insurgent revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks". Some safe havens in Helmand have also been destroyed. Read More »

Gay Olympic athlete turns down Pence meeting

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Olympians that occurs before the opening ceremony. In November 2016, Pence's then-press secretary Marc Lotter denied Pence supports gay conversion therapy . The US men's figure skating champion, however, said, "If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I'm finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation". Read More »

Led coalition launches defensive strike in Syria

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US military advisers in Syria had to call in American airstrikes and artillery support to repel an attack late Wednesday night by pro-Assad regime forces on a headquarters belonging to USA -backed rebels fighting ISIS. U.S. Central Command reported Wednesday that pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces conducted an attack on Syrian resistance forces allied with the U.S., prompting retaliation strikes from coalition forces. Read More »

South Africa vs India: Third ODI squads, preview, and predictions

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A bold plan could be to drop David Miller and include both.On the other side of the fence, India are sitting pretty with both batting and bowling clicking in equal measure. India's spinners - legspinner Poonam Yadav , offspinner Deepti Sharma , and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad - returned combined figures of 19.5-2-72-8 to tear up the chase. Read More »