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Geese, plover … and blast-off: Western Isles spaceport threatens wildlife and tourism, locals fear

North Uist could be home to a new rocket site – but islanders say it would damage important habitats

Rocky headlands frame the silvery white sands of Scolpaig Bay on the western coast of North Uist. The spread of machair – a grassland thick with flowers in summer – moorland and rock is much loved by walkers and birdwatchers.

It is home to breeding colonies of cormorants and black guillemots as well as seals, otters and the occasional hen harrier. On the horizon to the west, the dramatic islands of St Kilda are just visible, otherwise there is nothing but the Atlantic.

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Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar Split New York Times Editorial Board Endorsement
The New York Times editorial board has endorsed the two leading female candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination
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time.com
49ers’ C.J. Beathard heartbroken over dead brother amid Super Bowl frenzy
There was a party raging in the locker room on the night the 49ers punched their ticket to Super Bowl 2020 with their 37-20 destruction of the Packers, and it brought some joy inside a heart that remains filled with too much unspeakable pain. C.J. Beathard, a backup to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, will be...
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nypost.com
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases during country’s busiest travel time, 2 in Beijing
China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays.
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Meng Wanzhou's court battle is the start of another critical year for Huawei
Huawei's chief financial officer will be in a Canadian court this week for a highly anticipated hearing. It's a major step toward determining whether she will be extradited to the United States, and a critical test for a Chinese company that has become emblematic of US-China tensions.
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China has announced a new plan to crack down on most single-use plastics by 2025
The Chinese government has announced a new plan to crack down on plastic pollution across the country by 2025, including a ban on single-use plastic straws and bags.
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'Oh snap': 49ers' DeForest Buckner laughs about Nick Bosa's conflicting instructions on fumble recovery
When 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner saw a fumbled snap, he pounced. But teammate Nick Bosa had a brief idea for a big return.       
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A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally
State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that’s expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond
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Parasite Becomes the First Foreign Language Film to Win Best Cast at the SAG Awards
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won best ensemble performance in a comedy series for the second year running.
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NFL championship Sunday overreactions: Chiefs, Niners set up classic Super Bowl
SportsPulse: Let's be honest. We are just happy that the New England Patriots are not playing in the Super Bowl this year. The fact that we get to see Patrick Mahomes makes it that much sweeter.        
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Trump’s greatest ally in the coming election? Facebook | John Harris
The internet giant has exempted politics from regulations on falsehood. Good news for a candidacy built on liesIf you want to know why the worst president in US history currently stands a very good chance of winning again, consider a few facts. Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is already in full flow, brimming with cash, drenching social media with targeted ads, and reaping oceans of data on voters.The impeachment drama is, predictably enough, the perfect opportunity to put out material that plays to the idea of Trump as a noble maverick, struggling against the liberal conspiracy implied by his online questionnaires: “Do you agree that President Trump has done nothing wrong? Do you believe the Democrats will try and make up LIES to impeach the president?” Continue reading...
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What to watch on Monday: ‘No Passport Required’ Season 2 on PBS
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 | “Brain Games” on National Geographic.
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2 more bodies found on Tijuana property where California couple found dead
Two more bodies turned up at a house in Tijuana, Mexico, where a missing California landlord and his wife were found buried, allegedly killed by their son-in-law, according to investigators. The second set of bodies — one male and the other female — was discovered in a state of advanced decomposition, the attorney general’s office...
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Two people were killed and five injured in a Texas club shooting Sunday night
Two people were killed and five injured after at least one person opened fire inside a Texas club Sunday night, police said.
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Joe Biden Links President Donald Trump to KKK in Sermon to Black Church
Former Vice President Joe Biden linked President Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in a sermon on Sunday in a black church in South Carolina on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Exes Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt reunite backstage at SAG Awards 2020
Famous exes Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were photographed sharing a moment backstage after their respective wins at the SAG Awards 2020 on Sunday night.
foxnews.com
Highlights from the 26th Annual SAG Awards
The cast of "Parasite," Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, and others accept acting awards. (January 19)       
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Here are 5 must-know moments from the SAG Awards
Winners, losers, and an updated Tinder profile for Brad Pitt.       
usatoday.com
Raheem Mostert became 49ers hero after nearly quitting football
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The biggest games can make heroes out of ordinary men. They can make legends out of career journeymen and wide-eyed free-agent dreamers who wouldn’t take no for any answer no matter how many times doors were slammed in their faces. They can give you a Raheem Mostert, who has bounced around...
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Texas man receives 'nasty' messages after DMV revokes 'Jail 45' license plate: report
A Texas man says his family has received 'nasty' messages after the state's Department of Motor Vehicles forced him to remove his controversial license plate.
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foxnews.com
Nic Claxton giving Nets glimpse of future in DeAndre Jordan’s absence
With DeAndre Jordan sidelined, Nic Claxton showed that backup center spot is in good hands until the veteran returns. With a strong game Saturday against NBA-leading Milwaukee, the rookie gave a glimpse of why the Nets are so high on him. “He’s gonna be really good in this league,” Kenny Atkinson said. “He’s got something...
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Rangers’ damning inconsistency won’t change Pavel Buchnevich’s trade standing
If this is about learning experiences, then Sunday was sure one of them for the young Rangers, who flushed one point and the opportunity to grab a second by allowing a three-on-two winning goal against with under a half-minute remaining in regulation. “We have to learn about puck management and making the right decisions at...
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'We gave it to 'em': The Packers knew what they had to do against the 49ers – and didn't
The Packers knew from being beaten by the 49ers in November on the same field, they couldn't give their opponent anything.        
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usatoday.com
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston both win at 2020 SAG Awards
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who were married from 2000 to 2005, shared the SAG Awards stage. Pitt joked about his failed marriages during his acceptance speech.
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edition.cnn.com
Manhunt in San Antonio after shooting at bar kills 2, injures 5
A manhunt was underway Sunday night after two people were killed and five others were injured following a shooting during a concert at a San Antonio club, Texas authorities said.  
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foxnews.com
'A nuestros oídos llegó que el presidente de EEUU nos abrió las puertas y nos tiene trabajo'
México sella su frontera y corre la desinformación, mientras los migrantes se debaten entre cruzar ilegalmente cuanto antes, esperar o lanzarse al río en grupos más pequeños
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latimes.com
New York Times Endorses Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren for President
The New York Times announced Sunday evening that it had endorsed Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in a rare dual endorsement for the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nomination.
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breitbart.com
New York Times editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for president
The New York Times announced late Sunday that its editorial board was breaking "from convention" and will endorse two candidates for president in 2020: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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foxnews.com
SAG Awards 2020: Jennifer Aniston 'wanted to be Wonder Woman' and more fun from backstage
There was so much more that happened at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards than what you saw on TV.       
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usatoday.com
Public service, celebrations mark Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in L.A.
Here's what you need to know in Los Angeles to serve or celebrate on Martin Luther King Day.
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latimes.com
Trump's defense: Abuse of power is not impeachable
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Trump's Senate trial defense: Abuse of power is not impeachable
President Donald Trump's legal team will go into his Senate trial on Tuesday arguing that he should never have been impeached because his conduct over Ukraine does not amount to a criminal offense.
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The Senate impeachment trial is about to kick into high gear. Here's what we know
The Senate impeachment trial is set to begin in earnest Tuesday when Republicans and Democrats are expected to debate a resolution setting the rules for the trial before starting opening arguments.
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New coaching program is designed to help you fix finances
GreenPath Financial Wellness — with the support of a $345,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase — develop a pilot program for one-on-one financial coaching.       
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usatoday.com
Is Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Open On Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Check Coffee Shop Hours Here
What is more important than making sure your local coffee house is open on a federal holiday?
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newsweek.com
Which Banks Are Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020? Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 is a federal holiday, so banks may be closed or open with modified hours.
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newsweek.com
Is the Gym Open Today? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Hours at Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, Equinox and More
As Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, some businesses might choose to close—is your gym one of them?
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newsweek.com
Is There Mail on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? USPS, UPS, FedEx, Post Offices on MLK Day
Find out which mail services will run on MLK Day, a federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
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newsweek.com
'Parasite' hace historia en los Premios del SAG
El reparto y el director de 'Parasite' celebran su gran noche
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latimes.com
Guantánamo: psychologists who designed CIA torture program to testify
Techniques included waterboarding and other forms of tortureHopes that trial will cast more light on scale of programThe two psychologists who designed the US “enhanced interrogation” programme that included waterboarding and other forms of torture, are due to give evidence in open court for the first time this week.James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen will answer questions at a pre-trial hearing on the 9/11 attacks before a military tribunal in Guantánamo Bay. Continue reading...
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Politica
The New York Times endorses both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for president
The New York Times endorsed not one, but two candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday. The paper’s editorial board gave their blessings to progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren and centrist Amy Klobuchar in a surprise endorsement that split from tradition. The editorial board announced their endorsements toward the end of an episode of “The...
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nypost.com
Let's not project our feelings onto Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt shared a few laughs and showed common courtesy at the SAG Awards. Now there are calls for the friendly exes to reunite.
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edition.cnn.com
SAG Awards 2020: 6 must-know moments from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Acceptance speeches at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards offered many moments of note, from Brad Pitt's Tinder joke to a shout-out to Adam Sandler.        
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usatoday.com
At SAG Awards 2020, stars weigh in: Should Harry and Meghan move to Los Angeles?
Even the stars are obsessed with following the drama of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, they revealed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night.        
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usatoday.com
Shooting in San Antonio club leaves 2 dead, 5 injured
SAN ANTONIO — A manhunt was underway Sunday night after two people were killed and five others were injured following a shooting during a concert at a San Antonio club, Texas authorities said. Police said officers were called shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday to the Ventura, a music venue located along San Antonio’s Museum Reach...
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nypost.com
Stars donned classic black and white at SAG Awards
Lupita Nyong'o, Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate are a few of the celebs who wore black and white looks for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Jan. 19)       
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usatoday.com
4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but later upgraded it. No damage was immediately...
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nypost.com
South Korea confirms first case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor
South Korea reported on Monday its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus that has broken out in China, South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
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reuters.com
'Parasite' opens important door for foreign language films with SAG win
In the end, the infectious draw of "Parasite" won over the members of the Screen Actors Guild.
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