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Cornell Med school debuts free admission for some students

Students may graduate medical school with a new title, but often leave with something else: Massive student loans. But that won't be the case for these future doctors
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Buttigieg dogged by low black support in Iowa homestretch
His campaign faced questions Tuesday about how it has handled complaints from people of color on his staff.
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Florida Mom Drove Getaway Car for 15-Year-Old Son Who Robbed Convenience Store at Gunpoint
Amanda Chere Meador stands accused of also assisting in the getaway of two other robbers.
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Palestinian diplomat calls Trump's Middle East plan 'scam'
Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot slammed the plan President Trump unveiled for the Middle East during an interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, saying the President "killed the prospects of a negotiated two-state solution."
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Feds to finally start long-due cleanup of Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal
Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal is finally getting its long-awaited makeover. The US Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued a formal order, officially kicking off the first phase of a larger $506 million cleanup for one of the nation’s most polluted waterways — 10 years after declaring it a Superfund site marked for high-priority. “This order...
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House passes Tibet human rights bill
Lawmakers in the House approved a bill Tuesday afternoon to update the 2002 Tibetan Policy Act, the latest in a series of congressional moves to strengthen America's stance towards China.
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Editorial: Trump's long-awaited Middle East peace plan is finally here. And it's dead in the water
What did you expect when you heard President Trump was seeking the "ultimate deal" in the Middle East — and subcontracting the task to his son-in-law?
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Challenger explosion among the deadliest space disasters
Hundreds of people in Florida and millions watching on live television witnessed the space shuttle Challenger break apart in a mid-air explosion 34 years ago Tuesday, killing everyone on board.
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PAC uses heart attack in ad hitting Bernie Sanders
The ad from Democratic Majority for Israel is backed up by at least $681,000 in spending in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses.
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Why We Can Probably Believe John Bolton
Book sales aside, there are several reasons for senators and the public to trust his account of his time with Trump.
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¿Qué es lo que enreda a las ballenas jorobadas? Una cadena alimenticia afectada por el cambio climático
Los científicos resolvieron el misterio de los 'enredos' récord de ballenas jorobadas de 2016, que se basaron en un dramático cambio en el ecosistema marino
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How will the Huawei 5G deal affect me?
The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm.
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Kobe Bryant tiene ya varios corridos de homenaje
El género regional le rinde también tributo a Kobe
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Rashida Tlaib says she'll 'strive' to higher standards after blood libel retweet, doesn't apologize
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., walked back a controversial retweet spreading "blood libel" against Israel that placed blame for the death of a young Palestinian boy on the Jewish state, vowing to "strive" for higher standards when it comes to sharing information on social media, but she fell short of apologizing for the error. 
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How the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers could honor Kobe Bryant - this season and beyond
The Lakers likely will honor Kobe Bryant at their next scheduled home game, Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers, with a moment of silence.       
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Lonely Island’s Palm Springs is a funny existential comedy about 2 dirtbags who find each other
Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg in Palm Springs. | Chris Willard/Sundance Institute Starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Miloti, the movie broke records when it was acquired at Sundance for $17.5 million … and 69 cents. Nyles (Andy Samberg) is a nihilistic dirtbag stuck in Palm Springs for a wedding he really, really doesn’t want to go to, with a girlfriend he really, really doesn’t like. Sarah (Cristin Milioti) isthe bride’s sister andmaid of honor — and she wants to be there even less. They’re both frustrated screw-ups, unhappy with life and love, and thus naturally drawn to one another. But when they break away from the wedding for a tryst out in the desert, something goes very wrong, and they find themselves stuck with one another in a way neither expected. Nyles’s lackadaisical, nothing-matters attitude seems like the only way to survive. But maybe there are life lessons to be learned here. To compare Palm Springs to other movies would be to give away the delightful concept, and I don’t want to do that. But I can say it’s a twist on an old comedic formula meant to explore where life’s meaning truly resides, and whether it’s better to take risks in life or just coast along trying to survive. And it’s a distinctly, cheekily 21st-century version of that tale. Palm Springs set a record at Sundance when Hulu and Neon jointly announced that they’d acquired the film for a very specific sum: $17.5 million ... and 69 cents. (The previous record was $17.5 million.) The irreverent sense of humor inherent in that announcement matches that of the film and the Lonely Island gang, the trio consisting of comics Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who rose to prominence through their work writing and performing on Saturday Night Live, including classic digital shorts like “D*ck in a Box,” “I’m on a Boat,” and “Lazy Sunday.” They’re also the team behind movies like the 2016 feature film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The trio produced Palm Springs, along with Becky Sloviter, and it boasts some of the same sweet, existential, occasionally rude vibe of their comedic ventures, in a nimble directorial outing for Max Barbakow from a screenplay by Andy Siara (Lodge 49). But the most prominent drivers are Samberg and Milioti, playing a pair of lost souls who are thrown together in a way that could destroy them both, or help them find a way out. (There’s also a great role for J.K. Simmons, as a man with strange and very specific wisdom to impart.) Palm Springs is not groundbreaking or quite as compulsively quotable as some of Lonely Island’s previous outings. But it is an oddly perceptive effort, a movie that feels primed in particular for millennial audiences just starting to creep toward middle age who are trying to sort out what life really means, and how best to live it. Zinging between humor and poignance with a lot of charm, it achieves in its most insightful moments what comedy does best: Let us laugh at the world a little, by way of learning something about ourselves. Palm Springs premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020. It will be released theatrically by Neon and available to streamon Hulu at a later date.
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Jared Kushner, architect of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, still doesn’t get it
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at a press conference with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Kushner’s main talking point on the peace deal highlights the whole problem with it. Senior White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner spent three years working on the Trump administration’s newly released Israel-Palestine peace plan. Yet the main talking point he’s using to sell the proposal reveals the fundamental problem at the heart of the plan itself: the administration’s tacit endorsement of Israel’s continued illegal settlements in Palestinian territory. In multiple interviews right after the administration released its proposal on Tuesday, Kushner said Israel’s rapid growth — in other words, the settlements — are precisely why Palestinian leaders should make a deal now. “If we don’t do this today, at the rate at which Israel is growing, I think that it will never be able to be done,” Kushner told Al Jazeera. “So we see this as the last chance for the Palestinians to have a state.” He didn’t misspeak, which we know because he repeated this same talking point over an hour later. “This is something that we inherited, the situation where Israel continues to grow and grow,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jared Kushner on the new Middle East peace plan: "It was very, very difficult to draw these lines... This is something we inherited." pic.twitter.com/C4hk69u9Az— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January 28, 2020 Let’s be clear about what this means: The White House’s lead staffer for finding a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine stalemate says Israel’s growth is basically unstoppable. For that reason, he claims, Palestine has no choice but to strike a deal. It’s an astounding thing for Kushner to say. Israel restrains itself from extending its settlements into the West Bank unless it feels it has tacit American approval. Kushner’s plan and his statements will likely serve as a green light to Israeli leadership to expand those settlements. They may explain why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wants a vote on Sunday to annex 30 percent of the West Bank. That could make a fraught issue so much worse. Why settlements make a peace deal harder to reach About 500,000 Israelis live in the settlements, of which there are about 130 scattered around the West Bank. Roughly 75 percent of settlers live on or near the West Bank border with Israel. Some of the settlements are vast communities that house tens of thousands of people and look like suburban developments. Some look like hand-built shanty outposts. Settlements create what Israelis and Palestinians call “new facts on the ground.” Palestinian communities are split apart and their connection to the land weakened, while Jewish communities put down roots in territory meant for Palestinians. In effect, it shrinks the area of land left available for any future Palestinian state to exist on and chops it up into pieces, destroying its potential viability as a real, contiguous state. For some settlers, this is the point: They want the West Bank fully incorporated as Israeli territory and are trying to make that happen. A “conceptual map” of Palestine released as part of Kushner’s proposal shows he wants some of those settlements to remain where they are (they’re the flecks of beige interspersed among the blueish green parts). Instead of coming up with a plan that would see those settlers relocated or finding some other solution, Kushner’s plan just takes the huge chunk of land where most of the settlements are located and gives it to Israel. In return, Palestinians get some pockets of land far away in the desert on the border with Egypt and not much else. White House Which means one of two things: either Kushner doesn’t know how sensitive this issue is, or he doesn’t care and is using it as a cudgel against Palestinians. It’s hard to know which one is worse.
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Impeachment, Israel, Roger Federer: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Brad Pitt wore a name tag to Oscars luncheon, sending social media into a frenzy
Brad Pitt is clearly becoming more comfortable and open in Hollywood and had no problem displaying some of his signature charm and sense of humor on Monday.
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Health Dept. refuses to back NYC council war on Kardashian-sold items
Local health officials are refusing to back a City Council bill that wages war on the Kardashians and other A-list celebrities peddling such items as “detox teas” and “flat tummy” lollipops — saying it’s unclear that the weight-loss laxatives pose serious health risks to self-conscious teens. Myla Harrison, an assistant commissioner with the city Health...
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China's struggle with coronavirus outbreak could affect global travel
The coronavirus outbreak could begin to affect global travel and tourism.
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Prueba: Nissan Pathfinder SV "Rock Creek Edition" del 2020, para la aventura en todo terreno
Cada generación del Nissan Pathfinder ha sido significativamente diferente de la anterior, aunque no ha recibido sustanciales actualizaciones desde el 2017.
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Ocean Vuong shares stories behind 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous'
Ocean Vuong, bestselling author of "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," talks about writing and inspiration with the L.A. Times Book Club.
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Watergate whistleblower on Bolton: I see similarities to 'smoking gun' tape
Former Nixon White House Counsel and Watergate whistleblower John Dean takes impeachment questions as President Trump's counsel concludes their opening arguments. Watch "Full Circle" live weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Op-Ed: In Kobe and Gianna Bryant, women's basketball just lost two of its most compelling allies
Kobe Bryant will be remembered for his NBA achievements, but was also a rare sports dad who encouraged his daughter Gianna to claim his legacy.
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Poll: 75% voters want witnesses for Senate impeachment trial
Three-quarters of registered voters think witnesses should be allowed to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, which has reached a crucial inflection point, a new national poll from Quinnipiac University finds.
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Kobe Bryant's Lower Merion high school coach Gregg Downer reflects on losing his 'hero'
Wearing Kobe's No. 33 Lower Merion warmup jacket, Gregg Downer talked about losing his hero, being a better dad and more Tuesday afternoon.        
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Fox hosts share what keeps them going through grueling campaign season: 'It doesn't matter if your candidate wins or loses'
As the country gears up for a grueling election season, Fox News hosts Harris Faulkner and Shannon Bream sat down with Ainsley Earhardt to discuss their faith and the verses that get them through a national election in today's divided political climate.
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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s divorce finalized
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are officially kaput.
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How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook
Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images The “Off-Facebook Activity” tool lets you see — and somewhat control — what other sites and apps tell Facebook about you Facebook users just got a new glimpse into — and a little control over — the myriad ways the social network tracks what they do when they’re not using Facebook. If you didn’t already realize it, by the way, Facebook is tracking an astounding amount of what you do when you’re not using the platform, an activity also known as living life in the real world. The new Off-Facebook Activity tool, which the company announced last August, finally launched on Tuesday. It can tell you which companies are supplying Facebook with information about your real-world activity — for example, that you visited their website or purchased a product from it. Why does Facebook want this? Because it can then match that information with your Facebook profile and target ads to you (or, in Facebook’s words, “personalize your experience”). A lot of times when you think Facebook is listening to your phone conversations based on how specific its ads are, it’s actually because of how extensive (and hidden) its offsite data collection is. This in-depth tracking is why you might see, oh, I don’t know, an ad for a play starring the venerable Kate Mulgrew immediately after a Star Trek: Voyager Netflix binge, even if you weren’t on Facebook at the time. This is also what allows many websites, including Facebook, to give you free services. So you are getting something out of this deal — you just might not have realized you were making the deal in the first place, or how much data you were handing over. (The play was great, by the way.) Accessing the Off-Facebook Activity tool to see how much Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook is not exactly straightforward. You can go directly to the tool by clicking here. If you’re trying to find it from your News Feed, you’ll need to go to Settings and then click Your Facebook Information. You should see a line for Off-Facebook Activity, and then just go to view. Then prepare to be flabbergasted. One of our reporters, for example, found that 518 apps and websites had shared her data with Facebook in some way: Many of the sites on her list were ones she had just visited. That’s because a lot of sites use Facebook’s trackers, which automatically collect and send visitor data back to Facebook. Even users with tracker-blocking extensions on their browsers will likely find dozens of instances where companies are sending personal data to Facebook. The feature also allows you to opt out of some of this collection — to a point. Clicking on a particular company’s listing will bring up a dialogue that will give you a slightly more specific look at what data was collected. There’s also the option to “Turn off future activity” from that company. If you’re looking for a nuclear option, you can click “Manage Future Activity” and then flip the blue switch on the right side of the page. This seems like it would turn off all real-world data collection, but that’s not exactly true. Right after you flip the switch, you’ll see a dialogue that says, “We’ll still receive activity from the businesses and organizations your visit.” This information just won’t be associated with your account. You can also delete your off-Facebook activity history by clicking “Clear History” on the activity list. A window will then pop up asking you to click “Clear History” again: As the prompt says, you’ll still see ads — but they won’t be those creepy ads of a product you were just looking at on a different site. If you don’t like the idea of your Facebook behavior being tracked and used for ads, you might also (if you haven’t already) want to change your ad settings on Facebook (available in the “Ads” section of your Facebook settings). Turn off “Ads based on data from partners,” “Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere,” and “Ads that include your social actions.” Again, this won’t completely shut off the tracking, but it will minimize it. If you don't like the idea of being tracked by Facebook at all, tough luck. Even if you delete all of your accounts for Facebook-owned service, including Instagram and WhatsApp, it feels like there’s nowhere online or on earth that the social network can’t access. At least Facebook is giving you some control over it. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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Airbus faces record $4 billion fine after bribery probe
Airbus faces a record $4 billion fine and lower 2019 profits after unveiling a preliminary deal with French, British and U.S. authorities following a crippling three-year probe into allegations of bribery and corruption over jetliner sales.
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FDA: Purell doesn't prevent the flu — or Ebola
Regulators warn manufacturer against claiming that its hand sanitizer products can protect against viruses.
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Starbucks has closed more than half its stores in China
Starbucks has closed more than half of its roughly 4,300 Chinese stores, as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in the country.
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'75% of Americans' Trends After Poll Shows Majority of Americans Want to Hear Witnesses at Trump Impeachment Trial
"Hard to get 75% of Americans to agree that the sky is blue. This is an overwhelming bi-partisan majority for witnesses," MSNBC political analyst Richard Stengel tweeted.
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Athletes around the world honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant after their deaths
Athletes paid respect to Kobe and Gianna Bryant following their deaths in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.        
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Crecimos en la misma zona, pero nuestros caminos jamás se cruzaron. ¿Era el destino encontrarse ahora?
Me preguntaba por qué finalmente se estaba sincerando conmigo. De repente, intentaba conquistarme. Y estaba funcionando; me di vuelta y lo besé
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Evacuees from Wuhan are on a plane to the United States. Should they be quarantined?
An airliner from Wuhan, China, is expected to land in Ontario, California, on Wednesday, filled with US citizens who could possibly be infected with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.
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‘Bachelor’ 2020 power rankings: Alayah returns in Week 4
Peter is proving to be a real doofus. But this ranking is about the women competing for his heart.
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Ex-NHLer Ed Belfour arrested at Kentucky hotel after drunken fit
NHL Hall of Famer Ed Belfour was arrested early Tuesday at a Kentucky hotel for allegedly trying to fight an employee and tearing down a curtain rod in a drunken fit, a report said. Belfour, 54, was “manifestly under the influence of alcohol to a point he was a danger to himself and others” when...
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Trump, Netanyahu unveil peace plan; Palestinians balk
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed creating a Palestinian state as part of a Middle East peace solution, drawing Palestinian condemnation for imposing strict conditions and for agreeing to let Israel maintain control of long-contested West Bank settlements. Zachary Goelman reports.
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Chiefs superfan 'Bad Luck Chuck' getting bobblehead treatment
The Kansas City Chiefs superfan known as “Bad Luck Chuck” will be immortalized with his own bobblehead, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday.
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Harvard Professor Charged With Hiding Ties and Receiving Payment From Chinese Government
Authorities also announced charges against a researcher at Boston University
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Every XFL officiating crew will have at least one female member
When the XFL kicks off Feb. 8 in Washington, it will do so with a uniquely diverse roster of officials.       
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GOP Rep. Mike Johnson: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are not impeachable offenses
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) joins The Lead.
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John Kelly backs up Bolton as witness fight reignited
The Lead's political panel discusses.
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New Facebook feature shows you your data
The new tool allows users to see what information third party apps have collected about them.
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How Iran’s Soleimani became a US target
He commanded an army of militias across the Middle East. On January 3, 2020, a US airstrike outside Baghdad, Iraq, killed several Iraqi and Iranian military officials. One of them was arguably the second most important person in Iran, Qassem Soleimani. His killing set off several days of huge demonstrations throughout the Middle East and an Iranian retaliatory missile strike on a US military base in Iraq. Soleimani became an immensely powerful figure by commanding Iran’s elite Quds Force, a group of soldiers and spies tasked with spreading Iranian influence outside of its borders. They achieved this by partnering with and supporting militias throughout the Middle East. At the time of his killing, Soleimani had orchestrated a vast array of militias that stretched from Lebanon to Syria to Iraq. This episode of Vox Atlas explains why Iran created the Quds Force, how they use proxy militias, and how Soleimani took the strategy to a new level. You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. Subscribe for the latest.
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Opinion | The Real Goal of Trump’s Middle East Plan
It’s not peace. It’s power.
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Appeals Court: Arizona Voter Suppression Law Was Motivated By Racism
Courts usually tiptoe around racist intent in election law. Not this time.
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