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Hamlin to carry USA flag at Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony

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Shani Davis became the first African-American to win individual Winter Olympic gold in 2010. Davis had called the coin toss "dishonourable" in a tweet on Thursday when luge rider Erin Hamlin was selected to carry the flag instead. The AP reached out to Davis and his agent, but did not get a response. "I slide", the two-time world champ added. This time, Hamlin is certain this will be her last time competing at the Olympic level. Read More »

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

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Attendees at the open-air stadium - which included the US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - had to courageous the cold elements. Kim, who skated atop a platform, lit the cauldron. It has been more than 20 years since Eddie became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Read More »

Porter's ex-wife: He will abuse Hope Hicks 'if he hasn't already'

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Willoughby, 39, also shared she believed it was possible that Porter could be blackmailed as a result of the alleged abuse. Porter had not yet been approved for a security clearance. Kelly has written a letter to White House employees seeking to allay their concerns. "He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional", Kelly said. Read More »

Global stocks sink after major US index enters correction

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That sign of inflation has market participants anxious that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates, perhaps more aggressively than the three rate hikes already expected this year. "In the 'old days, ' when good news was reported, the Stock Market would go up", he said on Twitter. That combination usually carries stocks higher. Read More »

Le Drian Says 'All Indications' Gas Being Used by Syrian Regime

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Multiple strikes also killed two civilians in Erbin, where medics reported being overwhelmed by the relentless bombardment . Rescue teams rushed to the district and pulled three children and a woman out of the rubble. A renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing almost 200 people in a matter of days and shattering cease-fire negotiations. Read More »

These Hot Olympic Athletes Will Be Heating Up the Games in Pyeongchang

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In most cases, they give disciplined smiles and little response to the barrage of questions - although at Thursday's welcoming ceremony for North Koreans at the Gangneung athletes village some of the delegation were visibly relaxing as the ceremony progressed, even giving the Olympic mascot Soohorang high fives. Read More »

Modi visits Ramallah: to balance out Isreal, Palestine relation with India

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Before formal talks, Prime minister would be visiting legendary Yasser Arafat's museum. This would be Modi's second visit to the country. This will be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit to Palestine from India. The visit will begin from Palestine, on 10 February after transiting through Jordan. Israel is among India's top three arms suppliers, doing business worth millions of dollars each year. Read More »

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) Touching Most Active List

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The total volume of shares traded was 6,158,017 which puts the relative volume at for the day. (NYSE:MLM) has risen 23.49% since February 7, 2017 and is uptrending. Cambridge Investment Research Advsrs Inc reported 0.05% stake. Advisors Asset Management Inc., a Colorado-based fund reported 189,126 shares. Among 2 analysts covering First Community Bancshares Inc. Read More »

Rand Paul slams 'hypocrisy' of GOP on deficit hike

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GOP senators blasted the libertarian-leaning senator late Thursday, arguing he was delaying the inevitable passage of the budget deal. With 238 Republicans in the House, Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows predicted that 90-100 Republicans would oppose the deal with increased budget caps, which would mean that at least 75-80 Democrats are needed to vote for the bill in order to get to the votes to pass it. Read More »

Senate & House Vote To End Government Shutdown

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The reason for that was a nine-hour, on-again, off-again Senate floor speech by Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul , who objected to deficit spending in the bill. The partial shutdown in late January lasted for two full days and part of a third. Entering Thursday, opposition on both sides of the aisle threatened to sink the budget agreement in the House. Read More »

Midnight shutdown creeps closer as Congress debates budget

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As midnight approached, Paul did not relent, bemoaning from the Senate floor what he saw as out-of-control government spending and repeatedly rebuffing attempts by his fellow senators to move ahead with a vote. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Republican defence hawks get more funds for the military , while Democrats get extra money for domestic priorities like combating opioid addiction, the National Institutes of Health budget and community health centres. Read More »

Storm warning, watches in place amid predictions of heavy snow

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That means any lingering water and slush on untreated surfaces will freeze back up and some slick spots and areas of black ice are expected to develop overnight and will be around for your morning commute. The highest ice accumulations will be in southern Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley in NY and into southern New England. There's a 50 percent chance of scattered snow showers after 1 p.m. Read More »

Fiscal hawk Paul slows budget deal, shutdown looms

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Republican Senator John Kennedy says most lawmakers need to read the details of the deal first saying, "I've got to see A: Where they're spending money or B: How it's going to add to their deficit". The bill McConnell chose was unrelated to immigration , after he had said he planned to use a separate bill for the debate. Ryan committed to bringing a DACA solution to the House floor, "one that the President will sign". Read More »

More clouds tonight with snow showers for northern tier tomorrow

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Friday will be another chilly day, with highs in the 30s and increasing clouds. SUNDAY: Rain showers to a wintry mix will be possible, with a high temperature of 45 degrees. Highs should range from 40-45. As the cold front moves through tonight , rain will change over to snow. Mostly to partly cloudy skies Sunday night and into Monday . Read More »

Senate leaders announce two-year budget deal to fund government, disaster aid

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Paul said that he had spoken to President Trump Thursday afternoon about the situation. He signaled his support for it in a tweet on Wednesday. But Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she would not support the budget without guarantees from Republicans to protect those previously shielded from deportation by DACA. Read More »

Congress Facing Midnight Deadline To Avoid Government Shutdown

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Past government shutdowns have done little lasting economic damage but these events can hurt federal workers, rattle markets and shake confidence in the United States overseas. President Donald Trump is calling on both parties to support the deal, tweeting: "The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military". Read More »

Japanese businesses seek to minimize Brexit impact

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A top European financial supervisor said that so far a dozen banks are making definite plans to expand their business in the eurozone ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union — and that time is getting short for others that may want to make the same move. Read More »

Syria Repels Israeli Missile Attack in Damascus Countryside

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The Ghouta region, home to almost 400,000 people trapped by the violence, has been under intense attack since the end of December as the government of President Bashar Assad struggles to bring it under control. In addition, the UN Security Council (UNSC) is expected to convene sometime to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in Eastern Ghouta , on the request of Sweden and Kuwait, who will chair the UNSC for February. Read More »

This WhatsApp new feature is going to change your life

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Going by this report, users first need to accept the WhatsApp payments terms and privacy policy, followed by the procedure to add a bank account and link it with UPI . As technology gets more affordable and convenient, so will the payments method which are used to transfer funds with will become too. This makes payment transfers within WhatsApp all the more easier. Read More »

North Korean leader's sister to come to South for Olympics

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In a related development, Jo Yang Sam, Director General of North Korea's foreign ministry, said on Thursday that they "had never "bagged the United States for dialogue". However, on a stop in Alaska en route to Japan, Pence left open the possibility of a face-to-face with senior North Korean officials who are also attending Friday's ceremony in South Korea. Read More »

North Korea holds military parade ahead of the Olympics

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USA officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. The delegation will travel by plane on Friday, landing at Incheon airport near Seoul, the South's unification ministry said. He touted the coming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that would respond to launch. Read More »

Winter Olympics Are Heating Up — TheDC Newsroom

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Trump has long floated the idea of a grand display of US military might, and was reportedly dazzled by such a parade during a Bastille Day celebration in Paris past year. Conservative newspaper The Chosun Ilbo has reported the South Korean government is censoring speeches by Thae Yong-ho, the highest-ranking North Korean refugee living in Seoul - an allegation that has been denied. Read More »

Thursday's snowstorm expected to continue into Friday

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By the morning commute Friday , expect snowy conditions just about everywhere. A winter storm bearing down on the Upper Midwest is expected to dump up to a foot of snow across the region later Thursday and through the day on Friday . Read More »

Congress Reaches LAST-MINUTE DEAL to Avoid Second SCHUMER SHUTDOWN

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With bipartisan support in the Senate , the plan should pass easily. On Tuesday, the House passed a partisan bill that would fund government for six weeks - but fund the military through the remainder of fiscal year 2018. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) ignored bipartisan pleas by Senate leaders to not delay a Thursday vote on a massive government spending bill, with a deadline to keep the government open coming at midnight. Read More »

Mattis: Washington is Trump's preferred parade route, options open

Those "enemies of the state" would be authors, professors, organic gardeners, environmentalists, labor leaders, dark minorities, Adam Schiff and Rod Rosenstein. "I have severe concerns about the cost, diversion of resources, and effect on readiness of a large-scale parade seemingly conceived only to please the whims of the President". Read More »

Russian athletes lose appeal to compete in 2018 Winter Olympics

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The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony is tonight/tomorrow morning at 2:30 a.m., so if you're a keener, wake up and realize that it's time for you to start caring about bobsledding again. Kinsbury is seeking his first gold medal after winning silver in Sochi. USA athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes. Read More »

Vice President Pence Warns North Korea Despite Winter Olympics Thaw

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Virtually all foreign media were excluded from the event. "If South Korea, the neighboring nation that should be most alarmed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs, makes clear that it is adopting a conciliatory approach, the worldwide net encircling North Korea will loosen", a senior Japanese government official told The Yomiuri Shimbun. Read More »

Fiscal hawk Paul slows United States budget deal, shutdown looms

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There's a strong possibility this "shutdown" will end even before most federal workers get out of bed Friday morning. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, "It's time to vote". "I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties". "This package can not have my support", she said. Read More »

How To Watch The Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremonies

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Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis clocked the fastest time in the first session, finishing ahead of Norway's Kjietel Jansrund. South Korea won the bid to host over Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) seemed to acknowledge that an incident had taken place but said it was unclear whether a member of its delegation had been involved. Read More »

Senate reaches budget deal

Lawmakers need to work out a spending measure before Thursday to prevent another government shutdown . The House on Tuesday passed such a bill to fund the government through March 23, which also included a full year of defense spending . Read More »

On Pelosi's record-breaking speech

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At one point she interrupted herself to read a note from the House historian alerting her that she had delivered the longest continuous speech , besting Republican Champ Clark's five-hour, 15-minute stem-winder about tariff reform in 1909. Read More »