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Ancient Romans used molten iron to repair streets before Vesuvius erupted

Ancient workers used molten iron to repair Pompeii's streets before the historic and devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, a team of archaeologists has discovered.
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Ronan Farrow praises Harvey Weinstein's accusers for fighting 'at great personal cost and risk'
Award-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who helped launch the #MeToo movement with reporting on Harvey Weinstein, responded to the now-disgraced mogul being found guilty by Monday on two sexual-assault related charges by praising the women who came forward.
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GOP lawmakers walkout after climate bill advances
The latest so-called cap-and-trade bill calls for reducing greenhouse emission.
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Trump administration expected to ask Congress for $1B to combat coronavirus
The White House is expected to formally ask Congress by Tuesday “at the latest” for $1 billion in supplemental spending to help combat the global coronavirus outbreak.
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South Korea Has Second Most Coronavirus Cases After China, President Says Country Faces 'Grave Turning Point'
"The next few days will be crucial. The government will raise the alert level to the highest level of 'grave' according to experts' recommendations and drastically strengthen our response system," South Korean President Moon Jae-in said.
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DJ Calvin Harris gets what he paid for Hollywood Hills home
Scottish deejay Calvin Harris has sold his modern Hollywood Hills home for $7 million, the same price he paid for it in 2013.
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Reports: Former Ohio State star Chase Young to skip drills at NFL scouting combine
Former Ohio State star Chase Young, a likely top pick, will not be participating in drills portion of the NFL scouting combine, according to reports.      
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Protests erupt in India over citizenship law as Trump tours Taj Mahal, prepares for talks
India might have rolled out the red carpet for President Trump's Monday visit, but the massive rally, hundreds of cheerleaders and weeks of preparation glossed over one of the largest civil disputes that's gripped the country in years. 
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Health insurer shares pummeled by Sanders surge, virus worries
As concerns over the spreading coronavirus outbreak hammered U.S. stocks, one corner of the market was confronted with another potentially game-changing prospect: a Bernie Sanders nomination.
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The charges in the Harvey Weinstein verdict, explained
Harvey Weinstein enters court as a jury deliberated in his trial on February 24, 2020, in New York City. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images He was convicted of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree. Here’s what that means. At his trial in New York, producer Harvey Weinstein faced five charges in connection with allegations that he raped or sexually assaulted women. On Monday, he was convicted of two of those charges: rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act. Because laws around sex crimes vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, charges like these can be confusing. To understand them, it’s helpful to look at all the charges filed against Weinstein in the case, and the testimony behind each of them. Weinstein was charged on these five counts in his New York trial Rape in the first degree: Under New York law, this is the most serious rape charge. According to the state’s penal code, a person is guilty of rape in the first degree if they engage “in sexual intercourse with another person” by “forcible compulsion” or if the victim is “incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless” (a person may also be guilty of this crime if they sexually assault a child, which was not alleged in the Weinstein trial). Under New York law, forcible compulsion means compelling someone “by the use of physical force” or “by a threat, express or implied, which places a person in fear of immediate death or physical injury to himself or herself [or another person] or in fear that he or she [or another person] will immediately be kidnapped.” Weinstein was charged with rape in the first degree in connection with Jessica Mann’s testimony that he raped her in 2013. Mann said that Weinstein trapped her in a hotel room, holding the door shut, then ordered her to undress and raped her. “I gave up at that point,” she said, according to the New York Times. Weinstein was acquitted of this charge. Rape in the third degree: In New York, a person is guilty of this crime if they engage “in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent.” This charge does not require prosecutors to prove “forcible compulsion” on the part of the defendant or that the victim was “physically helpless” at the time. In addition to the first-degree rape charge, Weinstein was charged with third-degree rape in connection with testimony by Jessica Mann. He was convicted of this charge. That means that according to the jury, the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mann had not consented to what happened in 2013, but not that there was “forcible compulsion” involved. Criminal sexual act in the first degree: In New York, the crime of a “criminal sexual act” refers to nonconsensual oral or anal sex. A person is guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree if they engage “in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct” by “forcible compulsion.” Weinstein was charged with this count in connection with testimony by Miriam Haley. Haley testified that on a visit to his apartment in 2006, Weinstein pushed her with his body into a bedroom until she fell on the bed. “I tried to get up, and he pushed me down repeatedly, by that time I started realizing what was happening … that this was rape,” she testified, according to BuzzFeed. Haley said that Weinstein ultimately performed oral sex on her without her consent. The producer was convicted on this count, meaning the jury felt that the prosecution had proved forcible compulsion in his assault on Haley. Predatory sexual assault: In New York, a person is guilty of this crime if they commit first-degree rape or criminal sexual act, and have engaged in other conduct that would constitute such crimes in the past, even if they were not charged or convicted. Essentially, to prove this charge, prosecutors have to show that the defendant had a history of committing a sex crime against at least one other person, in addition to the primary victim. (There are also other reasons someone can be charged with predatory sexual assault, such as if they seriously injured a victim physically, but these were not at issue in Weinstein’s trial.) To prove this in Weinstein’s case, prosecutors called to the stand Annabella Sciorra, who said that Weinstein raped her in the 1990s. According to the Times, she testified that Weinstein showed up at her apartment and pushed his way inside. Then he unbuttoned his shirt, pushed her onto her bed, pinned her arms above her head, and raped her. “My body shut down,” she said, and she lost consciousness. But jurors apparently did not feel that prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Weinstein raped Sciorra. They voted to acquit Weinstein on two predatory sexual assault charges (one in connection with Sciorra and Haley’s allegations, and one in connection with Sciorra and Mann’s). The language of the law around sex crimes can be confusing, and as law professor Cheryl Bader told Vox last week, terms like “consent” and “forcible compulsion” aren’t necessarily clearly defined. Moreover, Americans’ understanding of consent is still evolving, especially with the rise of the Me Too movement — a movement itself propelled to prominence in part by the allegations against Weinstein. Still, what we can glean from the verdict against Weinstein is that the jury was convinced that the producer was guilty of nonconsensual conduct with Mann, but not necessarily that he used force as part of that conduct. Now that he has been convicted, Weinstein faces a minimum of five years in prison on the criminal sexual assault charge and a minimum of probation in the third-degree rape charge. He will be sentenced on March 11.
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Ryanair CEO under fire for comments about Muslim men; airline blames 'inaccurate headlines'
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is apologizing after recent comments he made about Muslim men prompted extreme backlash.
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Severino: Trump's reshaping of ‘Ninth Circus’ appeals court has stopped a lot of 'liberal judicial activism'
President Trump has reshaped the “notoriously liberal” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, according to Carrie Severino, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network's chief counsel and policy director, who noted it was often referred to as the “Ninth Circus.”
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Maduro’s government hires a new Washington lawyer
K Street prepares for Sanders — NFIB taps new president
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Harvey Weinstein verdict dispels the myth of the perfect rape victim
Harvey Weinstein’s victims, and those who believe them, finally got their Hollywood ending. On Monday, after nearly a week of deliberations, the jury returned their verdict: Guilty on two counts, rape and a criminal sex act. Weinstein, who spent his evenings and weekends throughout the trial partying, his days bantering with press and ignoring admonitions...
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Artist Alexandra Grant discusses beauty, patriarchy and what her godmother taught her
Grant chatted with Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow during a "no makeup" dinner, which made headlines last week.
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The White House’s sleight of hand on Russia’s 2020 efforts
National security adviser Robert O'Brien and top White House aide Marc Short argued this weekend that Russia wants Sanders over Trump. Their logic and evidence leave plenty to be desired.
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Investors eye bleach, food and tissues as virus fears intensify
While Wall Street's broader indexes fell sharply on Monday on concerns about coronavirus, investors turned to some consumer companies as they bet on stock-piling of products such as disinfectants and shelf-stable foods.
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How swing voters feel about Medicare-for-all
Sen. Bernie Sanders at an event to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2019.” | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images The case for not worrying about Medicare-for-all’s electability. Insert all caveats about the unpredictability of politics here, but it sure looks as though Bernie Sanders and Medicare-for-all could be on the ballot against Donald Trump in November. It’s an experiment our democracy has never run before: an avowed democratic socialist on top of a major-party ticket, running on a single-payer program that would fundamentally transform American health care. Nobody knows what the results would be. The politics of Medicare-for-all will be debated endlessly for the rest of the year, should Sanders secure the nomination. But there are a bunch of open questions we don’t yet know the answers to. How much will Trump’s campaign focus on health care, given his own record? It has millions to spend on a negative ad campaign, but it will need to pick its message. Will Sanders moderate himself at all? I took note of his campaign promising that a Medicare-for-all bill would be introduced during the first week of his presidency, which is not the same thing as pledging such a bill would actually be passed and become law. I did my best to sort through all the evidence in this story. In short, Medicare-for-all is working for Sanders in the primary because, well, Democratic voters generally support replacing private insurance with a single government plan. It is that simple. “It is a winner for Bernie because it is part of his brand and it feels authentic coming from him,” Ashley Kirzinger, who helps run the polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation, told me. “I mean, he is the reason why we are discussing it and it has been front and center during the Democratic campaign.” As for the general election, we just don’t know how the issue would play; there is evidence to make the case Medicare-for-all would be a winner, a loser or a net neutral. We do know opinions can be moved on the issue: higher approval if you tell people there will be no cost-sharing, much lower approval if you tell them that their taxes will go up. But all of that analysis kind of misses the forest for the frees. Are voters actually going to be using Medicare-for-all to decide which candidate they should vote for in the general election? And even if they do, is it a definitive advantage for either side? That’s why I wanted to draw your attention to something you might have missed if you didn’t read to the very end of the story above. It suggests to me that maybe, just maybe, all this consternation about Medicare-for-all sinking Sanders against Trump is a little bit overblown. It’s a rather unique set of survey data, asking swing voters what would actually sway their vote. Over a couple of months last summer, the Kaiser Family Foundation gathered responses from 605 swing voters, a nationally representative sample. (Margin of error is 5 percentage points for the whole group.) They asked them whether Trump’s position or the Democratic candidate’s position on health care would make them more likely to vote for that person. Here are the findings most relevant to our discussion: Overall, 32 percent said health care made them more likely to support Trump; 50 percent said health care is what would make them more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate. 12 percent of those who went with the president because of health care said Trump’s opposition to “national health care/single-payer/Medicare-for-all/socialism” is why they were more likely to vote for him. 9 percent who sided with Democrats on health care said support for Medicare-for-all explained their decision. If you broaden the issue to “increasing health insurance coverage,” 44 percent of those respondents said that is the reason they would back the Democrats. This is not dispositive. It’s one poll; the samples get pretty small once you are looking at, for example, voters who support Trump because of health care. And these results are from last summer; things could look different after the general election ad blitz. But taken together, the results give good reason to think Medicare-for-all is more of a wash electorally than the discourse might lead you to believe. Narrowly, on Medicare-for-all itself, about as many people back Democrats over it as oppose them. But really, the most telling thing to me is people don’t prioritize Medicare-for-all when they think about health care. The top reason given for supporting Trump because of the issue was “lowering the amount people pay for health care.” For Democrats, it was broadly “increasing health insurance coverage.” Americans have a lot of frustrations with health care, and they want fixes. They don’t think about this ideologically. They want to know how you will make sure people are covered and how you will lower their costs. My bet would be the candidate who speaks to those concerns will win the health care debate in the upcoming campaign. This story appears in VoxCare, a newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Sign up to get VoxCare in your inboxalong with more health care stats and news. Join the conversation Are you interested in more discussions around health care policy? Join our Facebook community for conversation and updates.
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Seventh Italian dies from coronavirus in Europe's worst flare-up
The death toll in Europe's largest coronavirus outbreak rose to seven on Monday and new cases climbed above 220 as Italy shut down much of its wealthy north to curb the disease's spread.
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Would you pay $1,495 for a ticket to Tyra Banks’ ModelLand theme park?
That'll buy you a "Fantascene Dream" pass, complete with a makeover, professional photoshoot and something called a "ModelLand elixir."
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Vanessa Bryant's memorial message to Kobe: 'Babe, you take care of our Gigi'
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2020 Ford owners can share data with Nationwide to reduce insurance rates
On your side...in the car!
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11-year-old girl brings AR-15 to hearing on gun legislation
An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits
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I Want to Marry the Woman I Pay to Have Sex With Me
I know better, but ...
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Trump’s Lackeys Now Pose a Grave National Security Threat
The hacks recently appointed to key posts are likely to twist intelligence just to keep the president from getting angry.
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Vegan version of Cadbury chocolate reportedly in works
Maker of classic candy will only admit it's "very aware of" vegan trend and is working on "more great-tasting choices."
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U.S. CDC confirms 53 coronavirus cases, including repatriated citizens
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday there were 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, apart from the 39 cases among those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the city of Wuhan in China.
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World must avert 'dramatic' effects of coronavirus on health, economy: U.N.'s Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to prevent the novel coronavirus epidemic from spiraling into a crisis with "dramatic consequences" for global health and the world economy.
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Katie Holmes sells Calabasas home for about $4 million
Actress-model Katie Holmes has sold a Calabasas home for a little over $4.01 million.
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What is skin cancer? How to spot the signs and when to seek help
What is skin cancer?
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Julian Assange Extradition Hearing Begins In London
The U.S. government wants the WikiLeaks co-founder to face 18 charges related to illegally obtaining and disclosing classified data. Assange's lawyers argue that the case is politically motivated.
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Harvey Weinstein verdict: The case now moves to Los Angeles
While the New York chapter of Harvey Weinstein's criminal prosecution is over, pending an appeal and sentencing, the legal saga will soon move to L.A.
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Sweeping closures in Italian towns as coronavirus cases rise
Italy is scrambling to contain Europe's largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus, with more than 200 cases confirmed and several dead.
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Gaza-Israel hostilities flare through second day with rocket attacks, air strikes
Gaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel, which responded with air strikes, in the second day of an escalation that ebbed but did not come to an end despite the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announcing a halt to its attacks.
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Watch as grim-faced jurors leave court after Harvey Weinstein conviction
The jurors kept their heads down and did not answer media questions.
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Metallica cancels two headlining shows so frontman James Hetfield can 'get and stay healthy'
Metallica canceled their headlining performances at Sonic Tempe and Louder Than Life festivals so singer James Hetfield can continue his recovery.        
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Kansas back atop Top 25 as Baylor slides to No. 2 after loss
Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in the AP men's poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in Waco.
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Diamond Princess coronavirus quarantine was 'not perfect,' Japanese health officials say
Some medical experts who helped on the ship have said the quarantine was poorly managed.
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Will Smith transforms into Venus and Serena’s dad for biopic and more star snaps
Will Smith films the Richard Williams biopic, a shirtless KJ Apa goes for a hike in LA and more...
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Vanessa Bryant remembers husband Kobe, daughter Gianna during LA memorial
Dressed in all black, Bryant spoke first about daughter Gianna, at points sniffling and choking back tears, but moving forward with resolve.
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Religious mom exposed as sexual predator who later harassed victims online
A religious mother had a secret past as a “sexual predator” and used fake Facebook accounts to troll one of her victims, a court heard. Selina Sharafi, 37, abused two youngsters when she was a child herself during a game of “princes and princesses.” Jurors had found the mature student guilty of five offenses of...
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Anne Milgram: Weinstein a 'landmark case'
Former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram says the conviction of Harvey Weinstein will give victims "hope that there is justice in the courts."
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Gilead Sciences drug may help treat coronavirus symptoms, according to WHO
Shares of American biotech firm Gilead Sciences rose 3% Monday after an official from the World Health Organization said that Gilead's drug remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the deadly coronavirus.
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Julian Assange shouldn't be extradited until US returns Harry Dunn's alleged killer to UK: family spokesman
The family of Harry Dunn is now calling for the United Kingdom to block the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.
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Weinstein witness attorney: a 'big victory'
Attorney Douglas Wigdor, whose client testified for the prosecution in the case against Harvey Weinstein, says the disgraced movie mogul may face 'a life sentence.'
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Italy warns people not to panic-buy as coronavirus cases rise in north
Italy was racing Monday to contain the first major outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in Europe, prompting fears that the international community losing the battle to prevent the virus from becoming a full-scale pandemic.
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Jeter says Astros scandal is a 'black eye' for baseball
Derek Jeter wishes baseball could change the subject.
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Beyoncé kicks off Kobe Bryant’s memorial service in Los Angeles
Pop superstar Beyoncé opened Kobe Bryant’s memorial service in Los Angeles with an emotional rendition of her hit song “XO” — one of the hoops legend’s favorites. “I’m here because I love Kobe, and this was one of his favorite songs,” the Grammy-winning songstress said to open the 20,000-strong memorial at LA’s Staples Center. “XO”...
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