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White House Defends Rob Porter Employment Despite Abuse Allegations; Mocks Omarosa

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In this photo, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Ivanka Trump walk across the South Lawn before departing the White House with U.S. Several major news outlets are now claiming that the White House already knew about the domestic violence accusations against Porter via his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check in 2017. Read More »

Olympic firsts - what to watch for in Pyeongchang

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To help you prep for the big games, WalletHub put together some facts you might not know about PyeongChang 2018. There will also be enhanced streaming options for alpine skiing , figure skating , and primetime show coverage. The team event is making only its second appearance at the Olympics, having debuted in Sochi, where the USA took home bronze. The women's individual figure skating competition is always one of the marquee events of the entire Olympics, setting numerous ... Read More »

Pence to push S. Korea toward more hawkish N. Korea policy

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But critics in the South say Seoul has made too many concessions to Pyongyang, and demonstrators protested on Thursday as a North Korean orchestra gave a sold-out performance in Gangneung, which is hosting Olympic events. "And we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Read More »

Shutdown threat remains despite bipartisan budget on the table

Sanders said defense spending will match the request made by the Pentagon and will reflect what the President Donald Trump signed into law with the National Defense Authorization Act. McConnell and Schumer said the deal was the product of extensive negotiations between both parties and the White House, which reacted positively to developments on Capitol Hill. Read More »

Barcelona Striker Linked with Chelsea

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Yet the Italian has been more flexible in his planning this week and extended the players' break from the customary one day to three. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, he added: "I don't think he should be and I honestly don't think the players want to see the back of him". Read More »

USA Gymnastics creates counseling services fund for abused gymnasts

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A former volunteer gymnastics coach in the USA state of Missouri has been charged with three counts of child molestation, amid continuing fallout from an abuse scandal roiling the sport. The former governor sent William Forsyth, Schuette's special prosecutor investigating MSU, a letter on Monday complaining about the attorney general's office apparently tipping off the news media about state investigators showing up unannounced Friday at MSU administration buildings to collect documents ... Read More »

Spectator captures double sonic boom as SpaceX rocket boosters land

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All 27 Merlin engines firing together at liftoff produce 5.1 million pounds of thrust, capable of carrying 140,660 pounds into low earth orbit. The company said in February past year that the rocket would send two people on a trip around the moon, but Musk said there's been a change of plans. Read More »

Syrian Kurdish YPG: Turkish army hit school, water plant in Syria's Afrin

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Eastern Ghouta is a rebel-controlled enclave adjacent to Damascus . "This is really outrageous", said Panos Moumtzis, assistant United Nations secretary general and regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis. They are know as IRAMs, Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions, and tend to be Iranian 107mm rockets modified with stabilising fins and larger warheads that increase firepower but reduce range, according to open source investigation website Bellingcat. Read More »

North Korea: No intention to meet U.S. officials

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Kim Jong-un's ex lover Hyon Song Wol, head of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra is greeted by the public as she arrives in South Korea . Mr Moon ran his presidential campaign previous year with the promise and goal of a "sunshine policy" towards North Korea; more open economic relations and direct negotiating to achieve peace. Read More »

US House passes stopgap spending package

WASHINGTON | Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with nearly $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse. Read More »

Filipino caregiver missing after quake in Taiwan, says official

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In a statement , Ms Tsai said that the government would help Hualien to the best of its abilities, adding that she hoped "people's lives would return to normal as soon as possible". Earthquakes regularly strike the area. "We question whether the structural integrity of the building was damaged ". Rescue efforts are underway in the city as emergency workers and volunteers work to shift rubble and search for trapped people. Read More »

Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk successfully launches largest rocket to date

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The mission was a historic success but with one hitch. Instead, the payload overshot , exceeding the red planet's spot in the solar system, and is headed toward the Asteroid Belt that's between Mars and Jupiter. The rocket carried a playful payload: Musk's red Roadster, an electric sports vehicle built by his other company, Tesla. The flyby would not be particularly close, since the Falcon Heavy's upper stage is not created to perform any further orbital corrections. Read More »

Partition was result of Congress' wrong policies: Modi

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You closed parliament's doors without heeding the people's wishes, the seeds you sowed at that time, its ramifications are being felt to this day", he said in the Lok Sabha . You will pay for your sins. "Feb 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found. Modi ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don't mean anything #CantFindTheAccord", he said on Twitter. Read More »

SpaceX Launches Successfully But Will Overshoot Mars

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The world's most powerful rocket may soon be used to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and, if SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has his way, eventually to Mars . That said, the Falcon Heavy isn't exactly the launcher nations and companies have been clamoring for. "It's still tripping me out". The rocket will be SpaceX's most powerful yet, with 31 engines and a huge spaceship created to bring people deep into the solar system . Read More »

Kim Jong-Un's sister to visit SKorea in historic first

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One of the people who spoke to Reuters said that the spy agency said "it's a possibility that North Korea was behind the theft". North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist nation's army, February 8, 2018. Read More »

Senators reach bipartisan accord on long-term spending deal

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Schumer , a Democrat who negotiated the two-year budget deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , a Kentucky Republican . While Congress would still have to pass another spending measure before that deadline, the agreement announced Wednesday includes a longer-term pact to lift spending caps by roughly $400 billion for Pentagon and domestic programs over two years. Read More »

Carmelo, on Thunder as contenders: 'I know what we're capable of'

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There are rotational tweaks that can be made (for example, inserting Durant into the start of second quarter mix like we saw last year), but Steve Kerr is caught between a rock and a hard place, as he is more often than not relying on Durant to keep the starting lineup afloat in the first quarter. Read More »

Theresa May vows to be 'robust' in Brexit talks

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May's inner circle of top ministers - nicknamed the " Brexit war cabinet" - are holding two two-hour meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, with the aim of agreeing the UK's goals for the trading relationship it hopes to negotiate with the EU. Read More »

Along fortified Korean border, Olympics bring more VIPs, tourists

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He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to USA service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan. Highly interesting. "Normally it is really hard to see North Koreans in person". Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong Un were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui. It was then ascertained that it was Kim Yo Jong. Read More »

Asian shares mixed in skittish trading after Wall St decline

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The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 31 points, or 1.2 percent, to 2,680 after a 4.1 percent drop Monday. "It's not back in a big way, but it's not going to be dormant like it was in 2017". That rout had wiped $4 trillion off world equities and sent investors scurrying for the safety of German and USA bonds, briefly reversing the steady rise in global yields. Read More »

Kia reveals new compact SUV concept in India

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On top of the compact SP SUV concept, Kia unveiled 15 other models at the motor show, including its Stinger fastback sports sedan and three eco-friendly marques. The company also announced its new design language "IMPACT 2.0" for PVs and for CVs, "Premium Tough", reflecting "a sense of goal coupled with strength and quality". Read More »

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

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are nearly underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea , and North Korea's large team of cheerleaders have already made their first appearance ahead of Friday's games. "Better for its own people, better for the region, and better for peace", Pence said . He said: "I'm announcing today that the United States will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea". Read More »

Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal to Raise Defense Spending Over 2 Years

President Trump has offered a DACA deal in exchange for immigration reforms and border wall. A "Christmas tree on steroids", said conservative Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who said "we are finally delivering" to the Pentagon "what we've promised: Stable funding they can rely on to address this readiness crisis and rebuild our military". Read More »

Donald Trump Endorses Two-Year McConnell - Schumer Budget Deal

The agreement would eliminate so-called sequestration caps created by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The deal placates Republican defense hawks by boosting spending for the military, lifting the spending cap put in place by the 2013 sequester agreement by $80 billion this year and $85 billion next year. Read More »

More Russian Athletes Appeal Pyeongchang Exclusion to CAS

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Many athletes have called for Russians to be banned from worldwide competition after a 2015 report contained evidence of state-backed, systematic doping in athletics. A partial apology has also been issued by the Canadian team to the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) for an incident that allegedly occurred in a cafeteria following a National Olympic Committees briefing here on Monday (February 5). Read More »

Budget Deadline, North Korea's Military Parade

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SHAPIRO: Give us a quick biographical sketch. "We know there were some issues with that same organization and doping". With Pyongyang sending a senior delegation — including Kim Jong Un's younger sister — rumors had circulated such a meeting could be in the works. Read More »

Thousands from north Syria, Iraq reach Afrin, demonstrate to condemn Turkish attacks

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He said the Russian military is investigating where the missile had come from and warned such missiles could threaten civilian aircraft. Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey , responding to questions posed to him during a TV program on the channel TGRT Haber, said: "Turkey more than anyone supports the territorial integrity of Syria ". Read More »

Up to a Foot of Snow Predicted for Wednesday

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A coating of snow and sleet with less than a tenth of an inch of ice from freezing rain. The total snow accumulation of 5 to 8 inches is possible with local amounts up to 12 inches possible. Potential for whiteout conditions. By 9 a.m. Wednesday , the storm will be leaving the Midwest and bearing down on the Northeast. Therefore, coastal flooding is not expected to be an issue around high tides. Read More »

Google considering streaming service for games

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Microsoft , on the other hand, negated this by offering over one hundred digital games through a subscription service and adding backward compatibility for hundreds of Xbox 360 games. It too had an optional games controller. Later on, the game will be there on your console. According to the report, the service is codenamed " Yeti " and will apparently work similarly to Sony's PlayStation Now . Read More »

Not naive about North Korea: Minister

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The US has said it would rather the parade not take place as the focus should be on the Games. To avoid offending Japan at the games, a South Korean figure skating pair made a decision to change the lyrics of a popular Korean folk ballad that will form part of their routine, dropping a reference in the song to disputed islands. Read More »

UN Calls for Cease-Fire in Syria to Deliver Life-Saving Aid

Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels launch an attack on the capital Damascus from its suburb of Ghouta in July 2012, more than a year after the start of an uprising against the regime. From Idlib, activists uploaded videos of bombed hospitals, including footage of newborn babies struggling to breathe after their incubators lost power. Read More »

Shelby County under a winter weather advisory

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Updated forecasts have called for more snow than initial projections. There may be a transition back to light snow/freezing rain before the system moves out of the area. Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon, high near 21. North winds 5 to 15 miles per hour. In other areas, the snow/rain mix will arrive a bit earlier or later, depending on when the warm air from the south comes in to push the snow north. Read More »