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City probe criticizes police actions in Elijah McClain's death

Police in Aurora, Colorado, did not have the right to stop, frisk or violently restrain Elijah McClain in August 2019, according to a new report. McClain, a young Black man, died after the confrontation. Omar Villafranca reports.
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McKayla Maroney ‘couldn’t stop throwing up’ before kidney stone hospitalization
Severe stomach pain sent gymnast McKayla Maroney to the emergency room this week, she revealed in an Instagram post. The 25-year-old Olympic gold medalist posted a photo of herself in the hospital on Thursday with her eyes closed and a pink mask underneath her chin. “Tuesday I was throwing up all day, with severe pain in my...
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Russian diplomats exit North Korea by hand-pushed trolley
The Russian Foreign Ministry posted images on its Twitter account that showed diplomats from the country and family leaving North Korea on a hand-pushed trolley due to Pyongyang’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. The ministry said the photos were taken on Feb. 25, and included eight employees who worked at the Russian embassy in North Korea. The trip was called...
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Pythons could provide key ingredient for COVID-19 vaccine
This snake oil is no "snake oil."
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U.S. Coronavirus Infections Are Way Down — Can We Keep Them That Way?
The country has beat back the winter surge, and experts credit Americans' improved compliance with precautions like mask-wearing. But could we still face a resurgence if we let up?
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Video Shows Venomous Snake Trapped in Vacuum Cleaner After Couple Sucked It Up
Snake removal expert Stuart McKenzie warned: "We obviously do not recommend people doing this as it can hurt the snake and can also be dangerous for the homeowners."
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Female officer makes history joining unit to help city's most vulnerable
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Early release coming for 3,500 prisoners
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World War II vet gets second COVID-19 vaccine
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Carson Wentz surprises superfan on Zoom call
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2 guns, knife found in student vehicle at a HS
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Candle issues prompts mom to warn others
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Woman has liver transplant; linked to nose ring
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Hope for those struggling w/addiction during Covid
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Wanted: Man accused of stealing $60,000 from car
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Providers work to see patients in-person
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Man killed when car falls onto railroad tracks
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Man involved in shootings charged with kidnapping
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Car delivery driver beaten, cars stolen by thieves
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CPAC Officials Rebuffed By Shouts of 'Freedom' From Attendees After Reminding Them to Wear Masks
A number of conservative lawmakers have already spoken out about face masks by mid-Friday on day one of the conference.
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Myanmar's UN ambassador pleads for immediate global action to help overturn coup
Myanmar's United Nations ambassador has pleaded for immediate international action to help overturn the country's military coup.
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Kelly Loeffler sells stake in WNBA team after clashing with players over Black Lives Matter
The Atlanta Dream's new ownership group includes a former star player, Renee Montgomery. “My Dream has come true,” Montgomery said
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See Fijian rugby team serenade quarantine staff in Australia
A Fijian rugby team serenaded workers of the Sydney hotel where they are quarantining.
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Alex Berenson on 'censorship', free speech: 'Times have changed and the NY Times has changed'
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson slammed the mainstream media and Big Tech for its continued endeavoring to censor and "deplatform" views it does not like or does not want to debate, during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla.
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Which U.S. cities have the best parks and public spaces?
Top options for a breath of fresh air      
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New York schools chancellor to step down amid clashes with mayor
Richard Carranza will resign next month and be succeeded by the first Black woman to run the country's largest school district.
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NASA's Perseverance rover sends back first HD Mars panorama
NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has sent back its first high-definition panorama, the agency announced on Wednesday. 
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Catastrophic fire at Shaquille O'Neal's historic Atlanta Krispy Kreme ruled arson
Investigators say the fire that gutted the Atlanta Krispy Kreme doughnut shop owned by former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal earlier this month was arson.
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Energy secretary says power crisis in Texas could happen anywhere
"We need to make significant investments in upgrading our transmission grids," newly confirmed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in an interview with CBS News.
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Teen TikToker allegedly murdered disabled sister day after going viral
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl who allegedly stabbed her disabled sister to death posted a now-viral Tiktok video before the murder — and her account has since been shut down, according to police and reports. Claire Miller’s TikTok account was closed Thursday by the video-sharing app over a post she made the day before she allegedly...
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Prince Harry accused of overshadowing the Queen with James Corden interview
Critics are questioning the timing of Prince Harry's recent interview with friend and talk show host, James Corden.
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CPAC speaker Marsha Blackburn: What to know about Tennessee senator
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is one of the notable conservatives who will speak Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference  (CPAC) slated to run through Sunday.
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Bachelor finalist urges people to stop defending her racist photos
"Please stop. That's not our place to tell people what they can and can't be offended about," she told her followers who have defended her past racist behavior.
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What Time Does ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 2 Episode 8 Premiere?
You shouldn't just a book by its cover, so it goes with Diana's Ashmole 782...
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Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained
The progressive group Our Revolution holds $15 minimum wage signs outside of the Capitol complex on February 5, calling on Congress to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the Covid-19 relief bill. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images Democrats haven’t given up on increasing the minimum wage just yet. The Senate parliamentarian on Thursday dealt Democrats a disappointing blow in the fight for the $15 minimum wage — ruling that it can’t be included in a Covid-19 relief package if lawmakers want to use budget reconciliation. That decision likely means that the $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has said repeatedly, 10 Republican senators are not going to sign on to this type of increase, meaning lawmakers won’t be able to get the 60 votes it needs to pass through regular order. Given this dynamic, Democrats are now scrambling to figure out how they could still push for some kind of minimum wage increase via either the relief package or a standalone compromise bill with Republicans down the line. “We are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. A couple of options have been floated, but none appear to have the full support of the party’s caucus just yet. One of the most straightforward possibilities — which progressives have pushed — is for Democrats to simply ignore the decision of the parliamentarian and include the $15 minimum wage in the bill anyway. That suggestion has garnered pushback from moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), however, a sign that it probably won’t happen. Sanders has also posed another option: He’s said he’ll introduce an amendment to the relief bill, which would establish a tax penalty that incentivizes large corporations to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage and gives small businesses a tax credit for doing so. That change wouldn’t set a new federal standard for the minimum wage, but it could help nudge businesses into offering their employees better pay. Schumer, too, has offered his backing for a plan that dings corporations that don’t raise their wages. Ultimately, Democrats may have to consider a potential compromise with Republicans to advance any type of standalone change to the minimum wage. Thus far, five Republicans — led by Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) — have backed legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $10 by 2025, a change that would also be tied to immigration enforcement. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), too, has introduced a bill that would require a $15 minimum wage at companies that make $1 billion or more in annual revenues. Such limited changes, though, fall far short of what many Democrats have been demanding, suggesting that the minimum wage could be among the policy areas that build the case for eliminating the filibuster down the line. Were Democrats to take that route, they’d be able to approve all types of legislation, including a $15 minimum wage, with 51 votes. Following is a rundown of ideas that have been suggested so far. Fire or ignore the parliamentarian Because the parliamentarian’s decision is simply advice and not a binding verdict, Democrats still have the option of either firing her or ignoring her guidance, though they probably won’t do so. Many progressives have called for Democrats to keep the $15 minimum wage in the bill despite the parliamentarian’s position, a move that would likely prompt a challenge from Republicans on the floor. If a challenge is lodged while the bill is being debated, Vice President Kamala Harris — or whoever is presiding over the Senate — is able to overrule that challenge, effectively preserving the $15 minimum wage. Then 60 votes would be needed to nullify Harris’s decision. There is some precedent for ignoring the parliamentarian, as the Washington Post outlines: Parliamentarians have been ignored in the past, like in 1975, when Vice President Nelson Rockefeller ignored the advice of the parliamentarian as the Senate debated filibuster rules. [Current parliamentarian Elizabeth] MacDonough has been overruled twice before: in 2013, when Democrats deployed the so-called nuclear option to eliminate filibusters to approve presidential nominees, and in 2017, when Republicans expanded the filibuster ban to include Supreme Court nominees. And progressive leaders have been vocal about wanting to pursue this route. “We can’t allow the advisory opinion of the unelected parliamentarian to stand in the way,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal said in a statement. Manchin and Sinema, though, have already said they won’t violate the sanctity of the reconciliation process, suggesting they would not back such a move. The Biden administration has also said it intends to follow standard procedure. While moderate senators’ disagreement wouldn’t prevent Harris from overruling the parliamentarian’s advice, Democrats could risk losing their votes on the broader relief bill if they took that approach. Democrats could also fire the parliamentarian, an act that former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott actually did in 2001, after the official stymied the passage of Republican tax cuts. Such an effort would also likely prompt moderate blowback — and is seen as unlikely as a result. Tax companies that don’t pay $15 Sanders has indicated he might get creative on finagling an indirect way to raise the minimum wage through the tax code. In a statement on Thursday evening, the Vermont independent said he disagrees with the parliamentarian’s decision and that he is going to try to get around it. “In the coming days, I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate to move forward with an amendment to take tax deductions away from large, profitable corporations that don’t pay workers at least $15 an hour and to provide small businesses with the incentives they need to raise wages,” he said. “That amendment must be included in this reconciliation bill.” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, echoed the possibility and said he is “looking at a tax penalty for mega-corporations that refuse to pay a living wage” in a statement. A senior Democratic aide also confirmed that Schumer is looking at a provision to penalize corporations that won’t pay workers $15. Basically, this would translate to a tax on companies above a yet-to-be-determined revenue threshold that have employees paid at less than $15 an hour. Wyden said in a statement that he is working on a “plan B” that would impose a 5 percent penalty on corporations’ total payroll if workers earn below a certain amount, and the penalty would increase over time. He said he would seek to put in place safeguards that stop companies from, for example, replacing workers with contractors whom they pay less. He said he would also seek to “incentivize the smallest of small businesses” to raise wages through an income tax credit equal to 25 percent of wages up to $10,000 a year to small businesses that pay workers better. Raising wages through taxes could fall within the bounds of budget reconciliation, because it has direct fiscal implications, though there’s some debate as to whether the parliamentarian might rule against it, too. It’s not entirely dissimilar to what Republicans did in their attempt to repeal the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act when they enacted the 2017 tax cuts. They weren’t able to directly scrap it through reconciliation, but they reduced the penalty for not having health insurance to $0. It’s not clear whether moderate Democrats would get on board with such a solution and raise taxes. And the clock is ticking on getting a bill to President Biden’s desk — expanded unemployment insurance under the last bill ends on March 14. Compromise with Republicans Barring any additional action on the relief bill, Democrats may face a less palatable option: compromise legislation with Republicans. This week, multiple Senate Republicans put out messaging bills signaling their interest in increasing the minimum wage — though their proposals are much narrower than what Democrats have backed. As Vox’s Gabby Birenbaum reports, the legislation from Romney and Cotton would raise the minimum wage to $10 by 2025, instead of the $15 proposed in Sanders’s bill. Additionally, it would require employers to use the E-Verify system, which would bar businesses from hiring undocumented employees. Because of both the more conservative increase that’s proposed in this bill and the immigration enforcement component, Democrats aren’t expected to be very supportive. A new bill from Hawley would also require corporations that have $1 billion or more in annual revenues to pay a $15 minimum wage, and provide tax credits to small-business employees who make below the median wage. Hawley’s measure has an immigration enforcement piece, too: Any potential credits wouldn’t be accessible to undocumented people. These bills indicate that at least six Republicans are interested in some type of action on the minimum wage, though that still falls short of the 10 who’d be needed to approve a bill via regular order. Plus, the proposals they’ve put out have already prompted progressive blowback because of how restrictive they are. Scrap the filibuster The parliamentarian’s ruling kicked up an ongoing debate among Democrats: whether it’s time to eliminate the filibuster and make it possible for any bill, not just ones under budget reconciliation, to pass under a simple majority. The Senate makes its own rules and can change them with a majority vote at any moment. If Democrats really want to pass the minimum wage — or plenty of other pieces of legislation, really — with 51 votes, they can. In an interview with Politico, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suggested they might go that route on the minimum wage. “If we can do it through reconciliation, great,” she said. “If we can’t, then we need to tackle the filibuster issue and then pass minimum wage.” She isn’t alone in drawing attention to the filibuster. In a tweet on Thursday, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) wrote, “The filibuster was never in the constitution, originated mostly by accident, and has historically been used to block civil rights. No legislatures on earth have a supermajority requirement because that’s stupid and paralyzing. It’s time to trash the Jim Crow filibuster.” Many other lawmakers followed suit. End the filibuster.Raise the minimum wage.— Senator Alex Padilla (@SenAlexPadilla) February 26, 2021 We need to abolish the filibuster.— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) February 26, 2021 Again, abolishing the filibuster doesn’t have the support of the entire Democratic caucus. Sinema told Politico recently that she wants to strengthen the filibuster and “restore the 60-vote threshold for all elements of the Senate’s work.” Manchin has made quite clear he doesn’t want to scrap the filibuster, either. Whatever happens with the minimum wage, this conversation isn’t going away: The filibuster is going to stand in the way of much of the Democrats’ agenda.
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Who will win at Golden Globes? Play FOX Bet Super 6 Quiz Show for chance to win $10,000
The FOX Bet Super 6 is offering players another chance to win $10,000 in Friday's Quiz Show game, Fox News' Tom Shillue announced on "Fox & Friends," featuring questions Sunday's Golden Globes. 
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John Boehner reportedly tells Ted Cruz ‘go f–k yourself’ in audiobook
Former House Speaker John Boehner reportedly rants that Sen. Ted Cruz should “go f–k” himself in the audiobook version of his memoir, a spokesman has revealed. Boehner (R-Ohio) is promoting the forthcoming audio book for $39.99 by teasing unscripted moments, such as his vulgar attack on the tea partier who made his life difficult. “Oh,...
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Billionaire LVMH boss Bernard Arnault takes Birkenstock stake
Birkenstock, the maker of comfortable but decidedly unfashionable sandals, is jumping into bed with the king of luxury goods Birkenstock on Friday said it will sell a majority stake in its business to L Catteron, a private equity firm backed by LVMH, owner of high-end fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. French billionaire...
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NYC schools chancellor resigns, citing COVID-19 personal toll
Richard Carranza will be replaced by Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter.
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Fifth Person Attacked by California Coyote Says It Is 'Terrorizing' People
Local police have issued notices after two people were attacked within days of each other last week.
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Girl's Feet Turned Blue by COVID-Linked Illness MIS-C: 'Absolutely Terrifying'
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children is a rare condition characterized by inflammation in different parts of the body.
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Woman gets liver transplant after $60 nose piercing goes horribly wrong
Queens woman Dana Smith, 37, nearly died after contracting an infection from a $60 nose piercing, was placed in a medically induced coma and got a liver transplant.
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Iceberg larger than New York City breaks off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica
The iceberg cleaved off the Brunt Ice Shelf in such a way that it did not threaten a British research station set up on top of the ice floe.
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Bots hyped GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds
Bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other “meme” stocks, according to an analysis by Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company PiiQ Media, suggesting organized economic or foreign actors may have played a role in the Reddit-driven trading frenzy. Shares in GameStop soared last month after Reddit users banded together to squeeze hedge...
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Readers critique The Post: A caveat to condolences
This week’s Free for All letters.
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The Story Behind 'Strange Fruit,' the Song That Inspired 'The United States Vs. Billie Holiday'
"The United States Vs. Billie Holiday" released on Hulu on Friday.
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How live-tracking analytics are changing elite sport
Sport has seen a digital revolution in how teams prepare, adapt and rehabilitate. Northern Irish firm StatSports and Arsenal Football Club explain how technology is changing the game.
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