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Democrats Urge Trump Administration to 'Immediately and Forcefully Impose Sanctions' on Russia for Election Meddling
"Doing anything less would be an abdication of your responsibility to protect and defend the U.S. from this serious threat to our national security, and to the integrity of our electoral process," a trio of top Senate Democrats wrote.
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Michael Jordan Gives Emotional Eulogy at Kobe Bryant’s Memorial
"As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be"
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How ‘Vanderpump Rules’ stars Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney are spicing up their love life
"Tequila Katie" is about to get a new meaning.
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Second man in as many days hit by No. 6 train at Astor Place, cops say
A man was fatally hit by a train in Manhattan’s Astor Place subway station Monday — the second time in as many days someone was struck there, authorities said. Monday’s victim was already on the roadbed in the East Village station when a southbound No. 6 train ran over him around 3 p.m., cops said....
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Exclusive: U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration - sources
The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking efforts, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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Buffett sees economy slowing as coronavirus spreads
"This is scary stuff," investor said Monday as stocks fell, but "I don't think it should affect what you do in stocks."
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Woman says she was scammed out of $89,000
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Mitchell Robinson explains benefit of unusual mid-season weight gain
HOUSTON — Knicks center Mitchell Robinson hasn’t developed a 3-point shot or mid-range jumper, but he has developed his body. Robinson revealed at Monday’s morning shootaround at Toyota Center that he’s put on 10 pounds – mostly muscle – since training camp. The 21-year-old believes the added weight gain has made him stronger on the court,...
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Michigan Wendy's worker fired for bathing in sink says response to video 'hurts the soul'
It turns out, bathing in a sink at the back of the restaurant you work at isn’t going to go over well with your boss.
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Kobe Bryant memorial: Here's what Michael Jordan said about his 'little brother'
Michael Jordan remembered Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a speech during their public memorial Feb. 24 at Staples Center.
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Biden ad: Sanders undermined Obama's reelection
Heading into South Carolina, the former vice president suggests Sanders didn't have the back of the first black president.
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Westerdam cruise ship passenger now negative for coronavirus
The World Health Organization said new tests for an 83-year-old woman who tested positive for coronavirus now indicate the "virus was cleared."       
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Kuwait suspends flights to and from South Korea, Thailand, Italy over coronavirus fears
Kuwait's civil aviation authority announced on Monday it had suspended all its flights to and from South Korea, Thailand, and Italy after reports of an outbreak of coronavirus in the countries, state news agency KUNA reported, saying this came in accordance with the Kuwaiti health ministry instructions.
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On the trail: Buttigieg heckled, Bloomberg office tagged with 'oligarch' graffiti
Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg on Monday called on front-runner Bernie Sanders to denounce vandals who scrawled the word "oligarch" on Bloomberg's Chicago office, and moderate rival Pete Buttigieg was heckled at a march with labor activists.
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Chuck Schumer admits spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake: 'Guilty as charged'
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., unapologetically admitted Sunday to spending more than $8,600 on cheesecake from an iconic downtown Brooklyn eatery over the past decade. 
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This amazing smart robot vacuum is at its lowest price—for now
As part of Amazon's Deals of the Day, you can get the iRobot Roomba 960 at its lowest price ever for today only.       
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'Mission: Impossible VII' filming halted in Venice due to coronavirus outbreak fears
Paramount studios announced Monday that 'Mission: Impossible VII' filming will halt filming in Venice due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.        
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Photos of Beyoncé banned during performance at Kobe Bryant memorial
Editors at the AP and Getty Images said that organizers of the live-streamed Staples Center event prohibited them from taking photos of Beyoncé.
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Read Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's speech from Kobe Bryant memorial
Read Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's speech about the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant from memorial at Staples Center.
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The coronavirus in China could lead to drug shortages in America
The coronavirus is threatening the U.S. medical supply chain as it shuts down factories in China, where many of the core components of drugs sold in the U.S. are made.
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Dodgers' Andrew Friedman has a methodical approach appreciated by dugout leaders
Andrew Friedman's conservative hand with the Dodgers frustrates some fans, but managers under him — Dave Roberts and Joe Maddon — trust his judgment.
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Philipp Plein slammed for ‘distasteful’ Kobe Bryant tribute at Milan Fashion Week
The runway was decorated with a duo of gold helicopters.
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What’s next for Harvey Weinstein after Manhattan rape conviction
He'll be cooling his heels in a Manhattan jail until his sentencing March 11, after which he is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles for those cases.
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WNBA star Diana Taurasi remembers Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi at memorial service
Diana Taurasi, who plays in the WNBA for the Phoenix Mercury, gave an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. "Kobe's willingness to do the hard work and make the sacrifice every single day inspired me and resonated with the city of Los Angeles," she said. Watch her remarks here.
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Half of women say their sex life is distressing, study finds
For a surprising number of women, sex is anything but healing. A little more than half of the young women surveyed in a new Australian study experienced sex-related personal distress of some kind, according to the findings published Monday in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Distress for the women could mean any kind of emotional displeasure,...
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Kellyanne Conway: Dems' claims of electability no match for 'electricity' fueling Trump campaign
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Monday that Democrats’ claims of electability is no match for the “electricity” fueling the Trump campaign.
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Tearful former University of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months in prison for role in college admissions scam
Former University of Texas men's tennis coach, Michael Center, was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in bribes to tag fake recruit.       
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Wendy Williams denies dating jeweler William Selby
“We are not a couple and I do not have a boyfriend."
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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street clobbered as pandemic fears rattle markets
Wall Street's three major stock indexes tumbled on Monday as investors looked for safety on intensifying fears about the global economic impact of the coronavirus after a surge in cases outside China fanned worries about a pandemic.
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Turnout for 2020 Nevada Democratic caucuses at 105,195: state party
Turnout for the Nevada Democratic caucuses was 105,195, the Nevada State Democratic Party said on Monday, surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in the 2016 Nevada caucuses.
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Pelosi tours San Francisco's Chinatown in attempt to ease fears of coronavirus
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made a visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown on Monday to assuage concerns about the coronavirus as tourism to the city’s famed neighborhood has declined in recent weeks.
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Jose Altuve gets his first taste of fans’ cheating wrath
Get used to it, Jose. Jose Altuve, the Astros’ star second baseman, received boos in his first spring training at-bat at the Tigers’ minor league complex in Lakeland, Fla. Houston, feeling the wrath of the electronic sign-stealing scandal during its run to the 2017 World Series, didn’t play its regulars in its first few exhibition...
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A legendary woman, a trailblazer, an American hero -- Katherine Johnson
Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code explains why she always talks about legendary NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson to young girls: Johnson gave us a new perspective on our planet, a view of earth from space. And she gave us a new perspective on ourselves: on who we let in, who we allow to thrive, who we write into our history books.
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Coronavirus halts ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ filming in Venice, Italy
UPDATED with statement from Paramount: As the number of cases of the coronavirus swell in Italy to a reported 219 cases, the biggest number outside of China, Japan, and South Korea, the Venice, Italy local government has put a stop to all public gatherings including a halt to the upcoming production of Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible...
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Michael Jordan Breaks Down in Tears as He Remembers the Life of Kobe Bryant
The sports legend quickly became emotional when discussing his late friend, even taking a second to acknowledge his tears would undoubtedly become another crying meme.
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How to watch the Democratic debate in South Carolina
Tuesday's debate is the last one before the South Carolina primary Saturday — and before voters in 16 states and territories go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 3.
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Michael Jordan prepared to become 'another crying meme' after speech at Kobe memorial
In tribute to Kobe Bryant, a tearful Michael Jordan says the former Los Angeles Lakers star was "like a little brother" to him.      
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Katy Perry thanks first responders after ‘American Idol’ collapse
"These guys, they saved the future of 'American Idol,' and our lives."
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Michael Jordan: When Kobe died, a piece of me died
During the Kobe Bryant memorial in Los Angeles, NBA great Michael Jordan said Bryant's death had a huge impact on him and the world.
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Diamondbacks don't seem concerned about Madison Bumgarner's double-life on rodeo circuit as 'Mason Saunders'
The Diamondbacks' new southpaw has been participating in rodeo events under the pseudonym "Mason Saunders."       
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Gifts to Mike Pence from foreign leaders: Why a $5,730 clock was destroyed
Gifts given by foreign leaders to Vice President Mike Pence include an expensive clock that the Secret Service destroyed.      
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Meghan Markle ‘wants to bail out on her terms,’ slams Prince Charles biographer: It’s ‘spiteful fury’
Prince Charles’ biographer Tom Bower had some stern words for the Duchess of Sussex.
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Michael Jordan remembers his 'little brother' Kobe Bryant at memorial
Michael Jordan had tears streaming down his face as he remembered his “dear friend” and “little brother” Kobe Bryant at a memorial service in the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday.
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A female Saudi rapper is facing possible arrest over her “Mecca Girl” music video
YouTube Saudi Arabia is trying to show it’s becoming more liberal with entertainment. Asayel Slay’s arrest warrant may dent that image. A Saudi Arabian rapper is facing possible arrest for the ultimate crime: having pride in being a woman of color from Mecca, one of the most sacred places in the world for Muslims. The rapper, who goes by the name Asayel Slay, uploaded a video to her YouTube channel last week of her performing a song titled “Mecca Girl,” in which she raps about the pride she has for her city, her womanhood, and the color of her skin. In the video, which has since been taken down, Slay raps in both Arabic and English. Modest in dress and in tongue, she praises the women of her city for their beauty and strength. She raps in a cafe, surrounded by young male and female backup dancers. Asayel has also had her YouTube channel suspended, according to BBC News. “Yo, drop the beat, with Mecca girls you can’t compete,” Slay raps. Saudi officials tweeted that the governor of Mecca, Khalid al-Faisal, has called for the arrest of Asayel Slay as well as those responsible for the production of the song, for offending “the customs and traditions of the people of Mecca.” The tweet uses an Arabic hashtag that translates to “#You_Are_Not_Mecca_Girls,” which is now being used by other social media users to criticize the video and Slay. One popular tweet, which I translated from the original Arabic, reads, “Who gave this foreigner the right to speak about Saudi Arabian women in general and specifically about girls of Mecca?” Many tweets specifically mention the color of her skin and her perceived African origins. Slay is reportedly of Eritrean descent and has brown skin. One tweet, which I translated from the original Arabic, reads “Mecca is not African #You_Are_Not_Mecca_Girls.” The hashtag brought to light a larger issue surrounding the controversy: anti-black racism. A Saudi woman who appears 2 be of African descent made a cute video rapping about Makkah & her culture using witty lyrics. The video went viral, she was reported to authorities. The twitter backlash against her is full of racist pricks like this person .. #لستن_بنات_مكة https://t.co/8IdN08akXN— MS SΛFFΛΛ صفاء (@MsSaffaa) February 20, 2020 This isn’t the first recent instance where anti-black racism has reared its head in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi security official was accused of anti-black racism over a video posted by Middle East Eye in 2019 that purportedly showed him ignoring children with darker complexions at an award ceremony for orphaned children of security forces. But the controversy over Slay’s video goes deeper than just the race issue: It also exposes deep tensions that are roiling Saudi society as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attempts to liberalize some aspects of the conservative Muslim country. The Meccan authorities’ distaste for the song lies not only in the lyrics, but also in the place Slay is rapping from. Mecca is the holiest site in the Islamic world and is the place of pilgrimage, or hajj, which all able-bodied Muslims are required to do at least once in their lifetimes if they are financially able. Having a rapper — and a woman rapper, at that — make a music video in the holy city seems to have crossed a line for many more conservative-minded people in the country (even though, again, Slay is rapping inside a cafe, not a holy site).One Twitter user wrote that Mecca “is not meant for trashy songs and anything that is considered haram [forbidden].” It’s a sign that the crown prince’s efforts to open up the country and lift some of the country’s strict restrictions on citizens, especially women, has its limits. Saudi Arabia has undergone a massive image transformation over the past few years. From the expansion of the tourism frontier by opening the country up to non-religious citizens to the introduction of mixed-gender concerts to the lifting of the ban on women driving, Saudi Arabia continues to shake off its ultra-conservative image. The crown prince has been hailed by some Western media as a feminist reformer for making strides for Saudi women. But the reality is that Saudi Arabia still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. In fact, in a recent US News & World Report survey of more than 20,000 global citizens, it ranked as the third-worst country for women in the world based on perception, behind Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. When the driving ban on women was lifted, bin Salman took most of the credit, while the women’s rights activists who fought for the ban were left in the dark — and in some cases, were actually arrested. And while Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws were changed so that Saudi women could travel without permission and other basic human rights, activists who fought those very laws remain behind bars.
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United Airlines gives $90,000 in travel vouchers for downgrading passengers
United Airlines paid business class travelers $10,000 in travel vouchers each to move from business class to Premium Plus for a Newark to Hawaii flight.
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The best North Face Winter Sale 2020 deals on apparel, shoes, and more
You can conquer the elements while sticking to your budget thanks to North Face’s latest Winter Sale.  The brand is offering up to 40% off winter apparel, shoes, and sports equipment during the event. There are great deals on items like plush mid boots or an adorable one-piece to keep your little one warm. You...
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Vanessa Bryant gives tearful tribute to late Kobe and Gigi
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's widow and mother of 13-year-old Gianna, delivered a touching speech and tribute at the Staples Center memorial service for her late husband and daughter.
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Alabama murderer serving life sentence escapes from work-release facility, officials say
Authorities are searching for a convicted killer who escaped from an Alabama work-release facility Saturday night.
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