• NASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaign
NASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaign

Martha McSally (R), who held the same seat in Congress that Giffords once held. He won't be the first, or the last, former NASA astronaut to throw their hat in the political ring. She and Kelly have since become well-known gun-control advocates. "What I learned from my wife is how you use policy to improve people's lives", Kelly said i...

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  • Kamala Harris Weighs In With Her Views Towards Marijuana
Kamala Harris Weighs In With Her Views Towards Marijuana

And yes, she did inhale. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has drawn a line in the sand with other presidential hopefuls: a green one. But the New York Times notes that she started programs in California that helped first-time drug offenders get a high school diploma and find work instead of going to prison.

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  • Australian government defeated in parliament for first time in 78 years
Australian government defeated in parliament for first time in 78 years

Mr Morrison warned the changes claimed to be humanitarian but would encourage people smugglers and risk more deaths at sea from asylum seeker boats. Shadow ministers and MPs who are veterans of the Rudd-Gillard era, left scarred when 50,000 boat arrivals came, insist the party is resolute not to weaken border protection.

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  • Mitch McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Democrats
Mitch McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Democrats

As IJR previously reported , McConnell announced on Tuesday that the Senate would be voting on the Green New Deal resolution so that members of the Senate can have their support or opposition to the bill on record. When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the ...

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  • At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel
At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours. A senior civic official told news agency PTI a suspected short circuit could have sparked the fire. The hotel is located in Karol Bagh, an area in India's capital city full of shops and budget hotels that is popular with touri...

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  • USA jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo
USA jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo

Guzman is believed to have led the cartel for decades, and faced a total of 17 charges, including including operating a continuing criminal enterprise conspiring to murder rivals and money laundering. The verdict came on the sixth day of the jury's deliberations. The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of ...

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  • Houston Couple Enter Abandoned House To Get High, Nearly Become Tiger Prey
Houston Couple Enter Abandoned House To Get High, Nearly Become Tiger Prey

Although the tiger, which appeared to be well fed , was cooperative, it was tranquilized for the trip across town to the BARC campus, which is mostly used for dogs, cats and occasional farm animals, Cottingham said. News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titl...

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  • Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40
Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

Iranians march towards Azadi (Freedom) Square during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2019. Iranians march towards Azadi Square during Monday's rally. Mahmoud Hemmati, 35, was pushing his 68-year-old mother, Parivash Fakheri, in a wheelchair.

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  • Newborn rescued after passerby hears her crying in a storm drain
Newborn rescued after passerby hears her crying in a storm drain

He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe. Police are now investigating how she got there. We can hear the baby crying. "Currently she is in a stable condition and the KZN EMS helicopter is now taking off to get the child to the hospital", said McKenzie. Mr McKenzie said when rescuers first arrived she was...

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  • Newborn baby with umbilical cord still attached found lying in freezing road
Newborn baby with umbilical cord still attached found lying in freezing road

He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby. Authorities rescued a newborn girl early on Monday after she was found lying on the road in California's Madera County. First responders - including a fire truck, ambulance and officers from the Madera Country Sheriff's Office - soon arrived and ru...

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  • After Bipartisan Backlash, Muslim Congresswoman Apologizes for 'Deeply Offensive' Anti-Semitic Tweet
After Bipartisan Backlash, Muslim Congresswoman Apologizes for 'Deeply Offensive' Anti-Semitic Tweet

Ilhan Omar apologized Monday for suggesting that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel , comments that were condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic . The Minnesota DFL Party declined to comment on the tweets. Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Elaine Luria called on House leaders...

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  • Possible impeachment could further upend Virginia politics
Possible impeachment could further upend Virginia politics

He is among the top three Democrats in the state who have been rocked by scandal in the past couple of weeks. Virginia Gov. Northam on whether the commonwealth's Attorney General Mark Herring should resign over blackface scandal: "I regret that our attorney general is in this position".

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  • Australia welcomes release of soccer player
Australia welcomes release of soccer player

Mr Araibi was granted refugee status in Australia after fleeing charges in Bahrain connected to Arab Spring protests but was stopped in Thailand in November attempting to go on his honeymoon. "Many wonderful people stepped forward to help Hakeem". Officials in Bahrain did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. On Monday, pr...

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  • Senate panel set to approve Trump's attorney general nominee
Senate panel set to approve Trump's attorney general nominee

He is expected to win confirmation in the Republican-controlled chamber. Barr also gave senators key assurances that he would allow Special Counsel Robert S. Barr, the architect behind many tough-on-crime policies that led to disproportionately high rates of incarceration in the African-American community, acknowledged the disparate impacts of th...

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  • Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms
Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms

Talks could still get back on track, but the prospect of a longer-lasting deal breaking down seem to have increased. Both sides are eager to resolve the long-running battle and avert a fresh closure of dozens of federal agencies that would begin next weekend if Congress doesn't act by Friday.

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  • Canadian Serial Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison
Canadian Serial Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

Reporters Adrian Ghobrial and Momin Qureshi are covering the sentencing. It's a sentence that's getting mixed reactions from those close to the victims. "In this case, life will mean life at the end". In committing the eight murders, the judge said, McArthur victimized the dead men's families twice over: first when their loved one vanished an...

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  • PM Modi visits Assam
PM Modi visits Assam

The demonstrators were restricted as the gates to the AASU office was locked by the police, the students union's chief advisor Sammujal Bhattacharya claimed. "He raised his voice for the deprived and the poor", said PMModi. Naidu is scheduled to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and also to the Ambedkar Statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhava...

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  • Greece approves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protocol on Macedonia's accession
Greece approves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protocol on Macedonia's accession

The vote came after the former Yugoslav republic agreed with Greece a year ago to change its name to North Macedonia and following ratification of the deal by the countries' parliaments. Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a 27-year dispute, concedes too much to FYROM. Staring down strong dom...

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  • Race and sexism scandal engulfs Virginia officials
Race and sexism scandal engulfs Virginia officials

Herring's admission came after a meeting with the Virginia legislative black caucus, and before any unfortunate photos were dug up. "I'm willing to talk to anybody about honest conversations about how we move forward", said Del. "And I would ask the state of Virginia, especially the governor, to think about what amends looks like in their sta...

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  • US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan
US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan

His weeklong trip, which is scheduled to include stops in Bahrain , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Oman , the United Arab Emirates and possibly Morocco, is planned for the last week of February . In Warsaw, Kushner will be attending a gathering that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said will focus on Middle East stability and efforts to keep Iran...

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  • Senator Elizabeth Warren to formally launch 2020 presidential campaign
Senator Elizabeth Warren to formally launch 2020 presidential campaign

The disclosure prompted yet another public apology from the senator, just days after she had expressed remorse to Cherokee leaders for using a DNA test a year ago to try to show her Native American ancestry. She got some of her biggest applause when she talked about her plan to change politics, repeating a pledge not to take money from special ...

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  • Trump vows to outspend Russian Federation without new missile pact
Trump vows to outspend Russian Federation without new missile pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, using binoculars as he inspects the joint Zapad-2017 (West-2017) Russian military exercises with Belarus at the Luzhsky training ground in the Leningrad region on September 18, 2017.

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  • Supreme Court Nixes Louisiana Pro-Life Reform
Supreme Court Nixes Louisiana Pro-Life Reform

The law at issue, Act 620 , would require any physician providing abortion services in Louisiana to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the procedure. Has the chief justice had a change of heart and grown to understand that abortion rights without access are meaningless? The ad recounts Collins' comments ahead of her decis...

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  • Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment
Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

Victoria state - Australia's second-most populous - consumes more than two tonnes of crystal meth every year, according to government figures. Photos released by police showed the drugs hidden inside electronic equipment and loaded onto wooden pallets.

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  • 'We will build a human wall if necessary' at southern border
'We will build a human wall if necessary' at southern border

With the budget deadline approaching and Democrats refusing to compromise on funding for a border wall , President Trump is promising to secure the border by sending thousands more soldiers in lieu of an actual barrier. "This is the defining moment of his presidency". It is expected to be either in Hanoi or Da Nang. He will also give an update o...

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  • Yellow-vest protests: France warns Italy Deputy PM Di Maio
Yellow-vest protests: France warns Italy Deputy PM Di Maio

Di Maio had already denounced the French government for protecting the elite and the privileged, saying "a new Europe is being born of the " yellow vests ", of movements, of direct democracy". Di Maio accused France last month of fuelling poverty in Africa, suggesting it was a neo-colonial power. French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Rome fo...

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  • Donald Trump names Vietnam for summit with Kim Jong
Donald Trump names Vietnam for summit with Kim Jong

In this June 12, 2018 photo, President Trump waves as he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look out from the Capella Hotel in Singapore during their historic summit. It has also been used as a model of economic and political reform for impoverished and isolated North Korea to follow. Trump on Saturday said he wanted to keep American soldiers...

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  • Leak of President Trump's schedules a 'disgraceful breach of trust': White House
Leak of President Trump's schedules a 'disgraceful breach of trust': White House

President Donald Trump reportedly often spends up to five hours a day in unstructured 'executive time, ' according to his private schedule. The private schedules do not list all of Mr Trump's meetings, as Axios also reported that many of his meetings are spur of the moment, or concealed as "executive time" due to fear of leaks.

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  • Man Dies After Vape Pen Explodes 'Moments After Buying It'
Man Dies After Vape Pen Explodes 'Moments After Buying It'

Alice Brown , the victim's grandmother and guardian, said her grandson left their home on January 27 to visit Smoke and Vape DZ, a local vaping supply store. She had to go through it to find the pieces of the destroyed vape pen and said she managed to find the key piece - the battery showing the serial number.

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  • Freezing rain, roller-coaster temperatures
Freezing rain, roller-coaster temperatures

We should see freezing rain switching to rain after 11 a.m. and rain showers will be around into the mid afternoon before drying out temporarily. "Patchy freezing drizzle will change to freezing rain early this afternoon", the agency said.

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  • Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off Chinese New Year In Colorado
Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off Chinese New Year In Colorado

No doubt hoping to win their votes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened an account on WeChat, the Chinese social media platform last week, where he promised to post about his experiences of Chinese New Year . Researchers have also traced the origins of the zodiac animal. The PLA Navy has also carried out other missions, including the evacuati...

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  • Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE
Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

The Pope , who arrived on Sunday at the invitation of Abu Dhabi's crown prince , has used the visit to condemn regional wars, including that in Yemen , the poorest country in the Peninsula, where the U.A.E.is involved as part of a Saudi-led military coalition.

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  • Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee
Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

The investigation is yet another legal threat surrounding the president as he prepares for the State of the Union address on Tuesday. On Monday, prosecutors with the U.S. Federal investigators are reportedly looking into whether the committee took contributions from foreign nationals, which is prohibited under federal law.

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  • Crews responding to fire following reports of small plane crash near LA
Crews responding to fire following reports of small plane crash near LA

The homeowners, the pilot and two other people died in the fiery accident, police say. A two-storey house in the Yorba Linda neighbourhood was struck by part of the plane and burst into flames, causing panic throughout the community. "It's the eerie, low rumbling sound that keeps getting lower and louder". The debris field spanned about four bl...

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  • European Union nations get behind Venezuela's Juan Guaido as acting president
European Union nations get behind Venezuela's Juan Guaido as acting president

But he stopped short of breaking off diplomatic relations with the 16 European countries that recognized his rival Monday, unlike his swift move to cut off ties with the USA after it threw its support behind Guaido last month. The 14-nation Lima Group - made up of Canada and Latin American countries - meets in Ottawa on Monday. In power since for...

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