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Supreme Court rejects Trump's effort to stop prosecutors from getting his tax records

CBS News reporter Melissa Quinn joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss the latest orders from the Supreme Court, including an order on former President Trump's tax returns, a defamation case against Mr. Trump, and a pair of election-related lawsuits in Pennsylvania.
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UFC Fight Night 186 video: Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Ciryl Gane on point for main event
The final UFC main event of February between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane is official.       Related Stories5 burning questions heading into UFC Fight Night 186Alex Oliveira vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov off Saturday's UFC Fight Night 186Alex Oliveira vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov off Saturday's UFC Fight Night 186 - Enclosure 
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Kanye West spent over $12M of his own money on 2020 presidential campaign
Kanye West spent over $12 million of his own money on his 2020 presidential campaign.
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McKayla Maroney, former Olympic gold medalist, checks into ER for 'severe pain'
Former U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney revealed Thursday she checked into an emergency room after suffering from "severe pain."
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Is the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A third COVID-19 vaccine could enter the fight against the novel virus in the coming days. But what does its safety profile look like?
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WNBA approves sale of Atlanta Dream months after Kelly Loeffler controversy
The WNBA approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream from former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Mary Brock to a three-person ownership group that includes former player Renee Montgomery.
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US releases unclassified report blaming Saudi’s crown prince for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands and holding up a picture of Jamal Khashoggi, protesting outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018. | Jim Watson AFP via Getty Images Classified intelligence reports blamed Mohammed bin Salman for the Khashoggi plot. Now there’s an unclassified version of that intelligence. The Biden administration has just released an unclassified version of an intelligence report confirming who ordered the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi: It was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. That conclusion was an open secret, as news reports shortly after the grisly assassination cited classified intelligence pointing to Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to by his initials, MBS) as having personally ordered the killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. That intelligence included, among other things, information about the crown prince’s phone calls in the days before the murder, and calls by the kill team to a senior aide to the crown prince. After a 2018 CIA briefing on the classified intelligence, retired Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), then the Senate Foreign Relations chair, said there was “zero question that the crown prince directed the murder.” But this is the first time the public can an unclassified intelligence report on the murder for itself. While parts of the three-page document is redacted, it states up front that “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” Based on MBS’ control over the country’s intelligence and security sectors, the report continues, it was “highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the Crown Prince’s authorization.” The ODNI has released its report on the killing of Khashoggi. Key takeaway: "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi." pic.twitter.com/UzMfkgIsjY— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 26, 2021 Despite having been fully informed of the classified report’s conclusions in 2018, the Trump administration refused to severely punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of the Virginia resident or to directly blame MBS. Instead of curtailing US-Saudi ties, then-President Donald Trump said it was better to maintain friendly relations in order to keep cashing the kingdom’s checks. “I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that’s being poured into our country,” he told reporters shortly after the murder from the Oval Office, referring to his desire to sell $110 billion worth of weapons to the Kingdom. “It would not be acceptable to me.” Trump was so proud of the decision not to punish MBS or his country that Trump later bragged to reporter Bob Woodward later that “I saved his ass.” President Joe Biden has taken a different tact. After calling Saudi Arabia a “pariah” during the campaign, in power he’s curtailed MBS’s access to the Oval Office, making clear that Biden considers his direct counterpart in the country to be MBS’s father, King Salman, the man who actually sits on the Saudi throne. As for MBS, his counterpart is Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The crown prince, after all, is his nation’s defense minister. The US also ended its support for Riyadh’s offensive operations in Yemen, which began during the Obama administration, though the US military will still help protect Saudi Arabia against regional threats. The State Department plans to announce possible retaliations against Saudi Arabia on Friday, roughly an hour after the report’s release. Politico reports that the US will sanction Saudi officials involved in the plot — but not MBS — and there will be a new policy called the “Khashoggi Ban” which will allow the State Department to “restrict or revoke visas” to people who target dissidents and journalists extraterritorially. A new State Department policy named the Khashoggi Ban will also be unveiled today, which will allow State to restrict and revoke visas to any individual believed to be involved in targeting/harassing/surveilling dissidents and journalists extraterritorially.— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 26, 2021 The public reveal of the unclassified Khashoggi intelligence, as mandated by Congress and promised by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, is yet another signal of a frostier US-Saudi relationship. Both nations will remain partners, but MBS is surely an unwelcome interlocutor for this administration, and perhaps future ones. You can read the redacted, unclassified intelligence report below:
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US intel report blames Saudi crown prince for murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved the murder of Virginia-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a newly released U.S. intelligence report states. The Biden administration’s release of the Feb. 11 report, prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, marks a dramatic turn in the U.S.-Saudi alliance, which under President Trump had...
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Dear Care and Feeding: My Black Partner Hopes Our Kids Will Look White
Parenting advice on biracial worries, theatre kid annoyance, and teenage anxiety.
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Inside a mass vaccination center in Chicago
As the Biden administration pushes to administer 100 million vaccines within the President's first 100 days in office, mass vaccination sites are opening up. Adrienne Broaddus is live at a mass vaccination center in Chicago.
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Knicks’ Obi Toppin will ‘likely’ participate in 2021 NBA Slam Dunk contest
Obi Toppin hasn’t played major minutes for the Knicks in his rookie season, but the 2020 lottery pick is expected to participate in the revamped Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Sunday. A source confirmed Toppin is “likely” to participate in the popular event, which has been switched this year to halftime of the All-Star Game...
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We Already Know How Vaccinated People Should Behave
Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. Every day, more than 1 million American deltoids are being loaded with a vaccine. The ensuing immune response has proved to be extremely effective—essentially perfect—at preventing severe cases of COVID-19. And now, with yet another highly effective vaccine on the verge of approval, that pace should further accelerate in the weeks to come.This is creating a legion of people who no longer need to fear getting sick, and are desperate to return to “normal” life. Yet the messaging on whether they might still carry and spread the disease—and thus whether it’s really safe for them to resume their unmasked, un-distanced lives—has been oblique. Anthony Fauci said last week on CNN that “it is conceivable, maybe likely,” that vaccinated people can get infected with the coronavirus and then spread it to someone else, and that more will be known about this likelihood “in some time, as we do some follow-up studies.” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky had been no more definitive on Meet the Press a few days before, where she told the host, “We don’t have a lot of data yet to inform exactly the question that you’re asking.”At this point in the pandemic, with deliverance in sight for so many people, the vagueness can justifiably be maddening. For a year now, the public-health message has been to wait. First we waited until it was safe to go outside. Then we waited for vaccines to be developed, tested, and approved. Now people are being asked to wait their turn to get vaccinated; then to wait a few more weeks until they’ve received their second dose; and then two weeks more to make sure that their immune responses have fully kicked in. And finally, when all that waiting is done, we’re supposed to wait for “some time” more?The experts urging patience are, of course, correct. There are myriad details of physiology and molecular immunology that remain to be understood, and we do not know how quickly transmission rates will drop as large numbers of people get vaccinated. At an individual level, though, the proper advice on what constitutes safe behavior does not depend on any scientific study whose results are pending. It depends on what’s happening in the world around us.As you’ve heard ad nauseam by now, the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were developed at record speed. They were created in the heat of an emergency, while thousands of people were dying every day, as a way to stop the carnage. They are proving remarkably effective at this.The vaccines were never expected to block infection by the virus altogether, explains Stephen Thomas, the chief of the infectious-disease division at SUNY Upstate and the coordinating principal investigator for the Phase 3 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine clinical trial. “I don’t really think that’s feasible or plausible,” he told me. Most vaccines work by training the body to prevent a virus from replicating to such a degree that a person gets sick. They don’t typically prevent a person from getting infected; they simply make that infection less consequential, and enable the body to clear it more quickly.If a vaccine could reliably prevent future infections from ever taking hold, it would provide what’s known as “sterilizing immunity,” Syra Madad, an epidemiologist at NYC Health + Hospitals, told me. This is an uncommon occurrence. The measles vaccine is often cited as an exception, but she says that there is no reason to expect the COVID-19 vaccines to fall into this rare category.Indeed, there is no obvious mechanism by which they could. “To generate sterilizing immunity in a mucosal space using a vaccine that’s injected into your muscle is extremely difficult,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Georgetown University, told me. She said that early evidence in rhesus macaques has suggested that the AstraZeneca vaccine could provide sterilizing protection, but only when administered as a nasal spray. Other researchers have begun to work on nasally delivered vaccines that could theoretically serve to coat our mucous membranes with antiviral armor, though there is no certainty that this approach would be effective at preventing severe disease.So it’s safe to assume that the current batch of COVID-19 vaccines won’t stop viral transmission outright. But it’s also safe to assume that they will reduce that transmission to some extent, because they impede viral replication. “It is highly plausible that a vaccine that prevents disease by lowering the amount of virus in a person could also lower that person’s ability to infect others through the same mechanism,” Thomas said. The tricky part is determining the degree to which this happens.“No definitive clinical trial can give you this evidence,” Rasmussen said. The trials were really designed for speed and safety, so the researchers were most concerned with looking for symptomatic COVID-19 or adverse reactions, not asymptomatic infections. To know how often vaccinated people were asymptomatically carrying the virus, researchers would have had to test each of the tens of thousands of people in their clinical trials as frequently as possible.Some ongoing trials have taken to swabbing the noses of vaccinated people occasionally, and this could add insight into how common it is for people to carry the virus after vaccination. Early evidence from Johnson & Johnson’s clinical trial, for example, suggests a significant reduction in transmission after vaccination, though this remains to be verified. Still, occasional testing is bound to miss cases of infection, and finding some virus in some noses doesn’t tell us how infectious the owners of those noses might be—or whether they’re infectious at all.The only way to answer this question for certain would be to run a “challenge” trial in which vaccinated and unvaccinated people were deliberately exposed to the virus under similar conditions, and then tested to see what percentage of them got infected. That’s just step one. Then the vaccinated-but-infected people would need to hang out with a bunch of unvaccinated people to see if they got infected, and at what rate. This is not going to happen. Challenge trials are ethical minefields in normal times; at this point, any study that involves withholding a vaccine from a control group would be difficult to justify.More trial data are expected over the next few months, and these may help narrow our uncertainty. It would certainly be useful to get a better sense of whether the risk of catching COVID-19 from your grandmother, for example, drops by something like 90 percent once she’s vaccinated, or whether it’s closer to 10 percent—but that number isn’t going to be exact, and it won’t be static, either. Even if we could somehow run the sort of challenge trial described above, whatever value it produced could change as new variants of the virus take hold, and it might well vary across regions with different patterns of prior infection, behavioral norms, local weather, and other variables we don’t even know to look for.All of this is academic. Whatever trial data might arrive in the coming months won’t change the practical advice: As long as a lot of virus is still circulating in a community and many people remain unvaccinated, the mere fact that some have protection will not mean that it’s responsible for them to forgo precautions and do whatever they like.A different kind of data, though, will offer that reassurance and certainty. This is what we’re really waiting on. “We will absolutely get to a point when we can say that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks,” Madad said, but that will be driven largely by changes in the number of cases, and in the vaccination rate. The sooner we can drive the former down and the latter up, the sooner normalcy returns. As populations draw closer to herd immunity, the chance of a vaccinated person both carrying the virus and coming into close contact with a nonimmune person will become so low that the guidelines will change. But as long as the virus remains omnipresent, the risk of getting infected (and transmitting) the virus after being vaccinated remains too high to countenance.This message need not be seen as pessimistic or ambiguous. It tells us very clearly that our social lives can resume, but only when the whole community is ready. The turning point does not arrive for individuals, one by one, as soon as they’ve been vaccinated; it comes for all of us at once, when a population becomes immune. How quickly this occurs depends on how reliably those vaccines reduce transmission. But it will primarily be a function of how quickly people get access to vaccines, how much immunity already exists in a population, and how much attention is given to basic preventive measures that should never go away, such as well-ventilated workspaces and responsible sick-leave policies. Much of this is in our hands now. We are not waiting on a clinical study; we are waiting on one another.
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NJ gym owner targeted by Murphy shutdown orders slams 'massive double standard' at CPAC
Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, N.J., appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday and slammed the government shutdown orders he claimed unfairly targeted small businesses like his and violated his constitutional rights.
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TIME'S UP joins calls for Cuomo investigation over sexual harassment allegations
Cuomo formerly saw praise from TIME'S UP members for his anti-harassment legislation and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Without a global vaccine plan, coronavirus variants could lead to untold number of deaths
Even though the US death toll stemming from the coronavirus is declining and the Biden administration is putting the pedal to the metal with vaccination efforts, a spate of new virus mutations is causing alarm within the medical and scientific community -- and for good reason.
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NYPD cop allegedly told ex-partner he had sex with 13-year-old girl
An NYPD cop charged with soliciting X-rated photos from at least 46 underage girls allegedly looked at child porn while on duty — and told his then-partner that he was having sex with a 13-year-old, according to federal prosecutors. Brooklyn Officer Carmine Simpson, 26, is accused of revealing his sick predilections to a former patrol-duty...
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Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction
LAGOS, Nigeria — Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation. Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls after the attack at the Girls Science Secondary School in...
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Pass the Equality Act: Discriminatory rhetoric and laws are devastating to LGBTQ youth
I hear from young people on the receiving end of discriminatory remarks that come from lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul. It's wrong and unfair.       
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Read: Declassified report on Saudi role in killing of Jamal Khashoggi
The Biden administration on Friday released a long-awaited declassified intelligence report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
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Tom Cotton Suggests Systemic Racism Doesn't Exist, That Liberals Want to Blame the System
Cotton defended the op-ed he wrote for the New York Times during last summer's Black Lives Matter protests, saying his words "far exceeded" the publication's standards.
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Saudi Arabia's Mohammad Bin Salman complicit in Jamal Khashoggi's murder, US report says
Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammad Bin Salman, likely approved an operation to kill or capture Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday       
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High school football practice resumes after 11-month shutdown
High school football teams in Los Angeles and Orange counties put on helmets and pads Friday for the first time in 11 months to begin a spring season.
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Golden Trump statue turns heads at CPAC
With the first full day of the Conservative Political Action Conference underway, there's already an indisputable star: an outrageously golden statue of Donald Trump wearing shorts and flip-flops.
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‘Superman’ reboot in the works from J.J. Abrams, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The film "is being set up" as a black Superman. 
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Intel report finds MBS approved "capture or kill" Khashoggi
The 59-year-old Washington Post columnist was killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
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8/2: Meadows, Clyburn, Kashkari
This week on "Face the Nation," coronavirus deaths and infections continue to rise in the U.S. as July marks the worst month for new cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
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US intel report: Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving Khashoggi operation
The US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi says that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible, saying he approved the operation to capture or kill Khashoggi. "We base this assessment on the Crown Prince's control of decision-making in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Mohammed bin Salman's protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince's support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi," the report says.
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West Virginia home to newest US national park
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve encompasses 70,000 acres along 53 miles of the New River in West Virginia.
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The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to WandaVision Episode 8
“Chaos magic,” Vision’s new look, Agatha Harkness’s age, and more, explained.
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Serial ‘seafood bandit’ targets Connecticut supermarkets, cops say
He was ‘prawn’ in 60 seconds. Connecticut cops are trying to hook a serial “seafood bandit” who allegedly snatched hundreds of dollars worth of pricey shrimp from several grocery stores, according to a report Friday. Things got fishy at around 3:45 p.m. Sunday when the thief stuffed 35 pounds of the frozen shellfish — valued at...
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Ex-House Speaker John Boehner, recording memoir's audio, gives Ted Cruz some colorful advice
"You know, yesterday, John Boehner made some news. He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible," Ted Cruz told the CPAC crowd.      
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WNBA team Atlanta Dream sold to new owners -- including a former player
The Atlanta Dream, the WNBA team previously co-owned by former US Sen. Kelly Loeffler, has been sold.
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Walmart expands COVID-19 vaccine access to 35 states
The nation's biggest retailer offering immunizations -- a booster shot to U.S. efforts with more than 20 pharmacy chains.
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Congress urges Canada to reevaluate banning cruises until 2022
A U.S. congressional committee has asked Canada to reevaluate its ban on cruises, which prohibits ships from sailing in Canadian waters until 2022.       
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Who The Senate Parliamentarian Who Ruled Against A Minimum Wage Increase?
The Parliamentarian is often called the referee of arcane Senate rules. MacDonough has been thrust into the spotlight after ruling against a minimum wage hike added to the coronavirus relief package.
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Queensland skies light up as Chinese space junk burns up in atmosphere
Social media in Queensland, Australia lit up on Thursday night, matching the flashing night sky as users posted short videos of what experts later said was debris from a Chinese rocket burning up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. “I thought it was a meteorite at first, but later as it split, my mate and...
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Iowa State sorority member found dead from excessive drinking, hypothermia
An Iowa State University student was found dead in her sorority parking lot — succumbing to excessive drinking and exposure to the cold, authorities say. Olivia Chutich, 21 — the daughter of a Minnesota judge — was found lying in the parking lot of the Delta Delta Delta sorority shortly before 10 a.m. Jan 22,...
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Report says operation was to 'capture or kill' Khashoggi
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Van Jones: This is a make or break issue for Democrats
CNN's Van Jones underscores the importance of the minimum wage fight for Democrats as President Joe Biden's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour through his Covid-19 relief package faces pushback.
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Biden admin releases declassified intelligence report on Khashoggi murder
The Biden administration on Friday released a declassified intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, further straining U.S.-Saudi ties.
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Two GOP lawmakers who supported the Equality Act in 2019 changed their votes this time
Two House Republicans who voted in 2019 to support the Equality Act flipped their votes Thursday and opposed the legislation, which intends to protect people from being discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Sen. John Cornyn, Gov. Greg Abbott — but not Ted Cruz —  to meet with Joe Biden in Texas
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, plan to join President Biden during the president's trip to Houston on Friday.      
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Co-workers who became BFFs learn secret connection through DNA test
These former co-workers turned out to be closer than colleagues. 
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Post Malone Pokémon Virtual Concert: Start Time and How to Watch Online
The concert is the first activation in the P25 music initiative from The Pokémon Company.
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Jamal Khashoggi killing: White House declassifies report blaming Saudi Crown Prince for journalist's death
Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed and then dismembered in October 2018.
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How does Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine compare to Pfizer, Moderna?
A coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson could potentially clear U.S. regulatory hurdles over the next day, and authorization would mark the third jab in the country’s arsenal against the novel virus.
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Biden-authorized bombings in Syria are about sending a message, say military experts
The strikes seem aimed at showing such adversaries as Iran, Syria and Russia that the U.S. intends to remain engaged in the region. Just as important, said retired Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, who oversaw intelligence for U.S. Central Command, the American response showed resolve to allies.       
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AOC Questions Manchin's Stance on $15 Wage, Says 'Majority' of West Virginia Supports It
While speaking to reporters on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez said "look at Joe Manchin -- his own constituents, West Virginians want a $15 minimum wage."
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March outlook: Expect a mild and rainy month after our cold February
Expect some big swings in temperatures though, including some cold shots.
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