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Iran hostage crisis’ end: How America helped secure the diplomats’ freedom

On this day in 1981, 52 Americans captives were freed from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis that was triggered after a group of radical Iranian students stormed the embassy.
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USC football schedules 2021 season opener against San Jose State
USC football has replaced previously scheduled UC Davis game with San Jose State to keep the Trojans' streak of having never scheduled an FCS opponent.
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Intel officials warned lawmakers Russians are trying to interfere in 2020
Lawmakers were told that one prong of the Russians' efforts is aimed at getting President Trump reelected.
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Sex education org depicts fetus as circular blob in video describing abortion procedures
Sex education organization Amaze, which partners with the United Nations, has released a video depicting abortion as removing a circular blob from a woman's uterus.
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A seafood stew with the flavors of New Orleans in one bowl
A pot of seafood steamed in andouille sausage-scented broth is the centerpiece of a Mardi Gras dinner, complete with crispy sausage and fried, crunchy okra.
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My Girlfriend Is a Smoker, and I Can, Uh, Taste It in Bed
I don’t mean her breath.
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Nevada’s unions are rocky terrain for Democratic presidential candidates
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. — Democratic presidential candidates arrived in Nevada this week to discover that Sin City’s powerful hospitality union calls the shots. With more than 65,000 members, many of them voters of color, the Culinary Union has the ability to make or break presidential bids and their endorsement is a highly-coveted prize by Democrats...
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Trump, energized after Dems' debate melee, takes rally blitz to Colorado
President Trump continued his four-state trip out west Thursday evening with a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., shortly after signaling he might pardon his former advisor Roger Stone and openly celebrating Democrats' intra-party squabbling at the Las Vegas primary presidential primary debate.
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Minnesota lawmakers push to remove old constitutional rule approving slavery as punishment
Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes.
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USC will offer free tuition to families making under $80,000
The university has also said home equity will no longer be counted in financial aid calculations.
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Pole vaulter nearly castrates himself in viral mishap
A freak pole vaulting accident turns out to be every man’s worst nightmare. Zach McWhorter, a 21-year-old student athlete from Brigham Young University, was nearly maimed during a routine practice run that was captured on video. He clears the bar with ease, but the clip takes a frightening turn when the pole, instead of falling safely...
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Why Sanders Will Probably Win the Nomination
Democrats already see reality through the Bernie lens.
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UES collector sues Princeton for backing out of $1M art deal
An Upper East Side art collector is suing Princeton University for leaving him high and dry in a $1 million art deal after the school got cold feet and became concerned the pieces were bogus. Attorney Vincent Fay, 78, agreed to sell 17 works from his collection to the Princeton University Art Museum for $945,000...
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Australia says two evacuees from Japan cruise vessel have coronavirus
Two Australians evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus after returning to their home country, Australia's health department said on Friday.
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Washington Post: Mick Mulvaney says US is 'desperate' for legal immigrants
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said at a private event Wednesday that the US is "desperate" for more legal immigrants to help grow the economy, according to audio of his comments obtained by The Washington Post.
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Shanghai is China's economic juggernaut. Coronavirus has left it a city on edge
On a normal weekend, Shanghai's world-famous Nanjing Road is packed with shoppers and tourists, keen to indulge themselves in China's thriving financial hub.
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Disabled artist is giving back to a museum in need
Born with a rare defect, artist Jessica Jewett draws and paints with her mouth. She's now using her talent to help a struggling museum. Janet Shamlian shares her story.
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Harvard Law Professor Sparks Outrage With 'Camps' Comment on Ad for Summit on Principled Conservatism
Anti-liberal Harvard Law professor Adrian Vermuele sparked controversy Thursday on Twitter by saying a group of principled conservatives would comprise the "first group for the camps."
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Blagojevich maintains innocence, ponders future
Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich maintained his innocence a day after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence for political corruption. He also pondered his future and potential job prospects. (Feb. 20)       
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Twitter is considering warning users when politicians post misleading tweets
Twitter is experimenting with labeling lies and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures. | Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Leaked design plans reveal that the company is thinking about putting bright red and orange labels on false tweets by politicians and public figures. Twitter is experimenting with putting bright orange and red labels underneath false statements and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures. According to a new report, the company included tweets from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in its design mockups. If implemented, the designs would be a significant expansion of the company’s policies for moderating specific kinds of misinformation, such as around anti-vaccination conspiracies and false information about voting — and more recently, deceptively edited videos. Twitter is considering adding the warning labels, which appear roughly as big as a tweet itself, as one component of a bigger set of policies around combating misinformation on the platform. In a mockup of the feature, which NBC News obtained and first reported, “harmfully misleading” misinformation would be fact-checked directly underneath the tweet by fact-checkers, journalists, and potentially other users participating in a points-based community moderation system similar to Wikipedia. It’s unclear how Twitter would determine which posts to flag as misleading or exactly how the points-based system for community moderators would work. A spokesperson for Twitter told Recode that the specific mockups NBC reported on are just one example of several ideas in the early research stage, and they have not been approved for rollout. “We’re exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for Tweets on Twitter. This is a design mockup for one option that would involve community feedback. Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it.” Regardless of whether or not Twitter ends up implementing these warning labels, the mockups are the latest example of how social media companies are trying to combat a torrent of online misinformation, particularly leading up to the 2020 US presidential election. Facebook already labels some content as false using third-party fact-checkers. And beginning March 5, Twitter is planning to start removing or labeling some “manipulated media,” which would include deceptively edited videos like the one that went viral last summer that had been tweaked to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear intoxicated. On Thursday, Twitter confirmed that a widely circulated video of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg onstage at the recent democratic presidential debates that was deceptively edited would be labeled as manipulated media under those new rules. While NBC News reported that these design mockups were a “possible iteration” of the previously announced manipulated media rules, a Twitter spokesperson disputed that these designs are tied to the March 5 rollout. “The mockups that you see are completely early-stage research, and it’s just one of a variety of options,” a spokesperson for Twitter told Recode. “There’s no timeline. But we’re obviously always trying to get ahead of what we’re seeing and not leave any stone unturned.” The leaked designs give some examples of cases where Twitter might apply the label, including one attached to a claim Bernie Sanders tweeted about how 40 percent of guns in the US are sold without background checks (that percentage is from an outdated study; more recent estimates say it’s closer to 22 percent). Another debunks the false conspiracy theory that the novel coronavirus was a man-made virus. (While the exact origins of the novel coronavirus are unknown, the Centers for Disease Control says it seems to have emerged from an animal source.) And the third is a tweet by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy claiming that the US intelligence community secretly removed whistleblower rules prior to the Trump Ukraine whistleblower coming forward (there is no known evidence to support that). Joan Donovan, who studies online media disinformation at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, said she found the new plans interesting, but that they also raised questions. Donovan cautioned that a community moderation system could be exploited by “highly motivated and coordinated groups” who could “get another battleground” with the misleading label feature. Donovan also questioned whether Twitter would actually enforce the fact-check policy in practice, particularly against prominent people, and asked how many times a prominent figure would be able to tweet a misleading statement before being banned. “The problem all along has been a failure to moderate elite influencers and politicians.” A spokesperson for Twitter declined to answer questions about how Twitter planned to enforce such a policy and how many misleading posts it would take to get banned, saying that the mockups were tentative. Although Twitter says it’s far from the possibility of introducing the labels on its platform, the leaked plans today are a fascinating insight into how one of the world’s most powerful platforms for sharing political speech is thinking about how to better monitor the half-truths and all-out lies that so frequently spread on its service.
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Jesse Watters sums up Las Vegas debate: 'This is not a good time to be a Democrat'
Jesse Watters said Thursday that it's "not a good time to be a Democrat" following Wednesday's Nevada Democratic presidential debate, which many critics and pundits are calling a win for the president.
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The Rangers finally have a meaningful game again
RALEIGH, N.C. — Let’s shuffle back through the microfilm of history to find the most recent game the Rangers played that had as much importance in the standings as Friday night’s match against the Hurricanes. Flip, flip, flip. Ah, here we are: The Winter Classic at Citi Field on Jan. 1, 2018. The Rangers of...
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Brooklyn clocktower penthouse available for first time in 23 years
Tucked away surreptitiously behind the clock face of Brooklyn’s landmarked Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company building in Dumbo is a penthouse that is headed to the market Friday for $2.35 million, Mansion Global has exclusively learned. The clock, which doubles as a unique window offering views over the nearby Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and...
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How Kobe Bryant helped China grow into basketball-crazed nation
In China, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was god-like. His impact on the nation and the game has been unlike any other NBA athlete.       
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"CBS This Morning" podcast covers women's heart health
Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Mieres joins CBS News medical contributor and cardiologist Dr. Tara Narula to discuss risk factors and symptoms of heart disease in women.
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Friend of Ohio mass shooter sentenced on gun charges
The sentencing comes after a 24-year-old opened fire in a popular nightlife district, killing nine and injuring 27.
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D.C. police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing on U Street
A roundup of news from the Washington region.
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Watch A Sneak Peak Of Jackson And Jo Saving A Couple After Bear Attack On 'Grey's Anatomy'
The doctors and firefighters go camping in yet another "Grey's Anatomy" and "Station 19" crossover event.
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Rep. tells GOP to 'get a backbone' against Russian meddling
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) chastises her Republican colleagues and says none of them have responded to the briefing delivered to lawmakers warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, which three sources familiar with the matter have told CNN.
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Amazon whiffs big with silly Al Pacino Nazi-hunting series ‘Hunters’
People wonder if we’re still living in the era of Peak TV. For a few years, it seemed no one could do anything wrong. There were blockbuster shows, fresh voices and movie stars who weren’t really stars anymore but didn’t seem to mind because they were starring in “prestige” TV projects with other actors they...
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Geraldo Rivera calls Roger Stone a 'bully' and a 'braggart' but admits prosecution has 'very, very unfair'
Fox News Correspondent-At-Large Geraldo Rivera described longtime Republican consultant Roger Stone as a bigmouthed braggart Thursday but added that shouldn't allow him to be unfairly prosecuted.
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Consumer Reports ranked and revealed the top cars of 2020 based on price range
The quality gap between mainstream and luxury vehicles has shrunk so much that Consumer reports no longer breaks them into separate categories.       
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Did the 'liberal lion' of the 9th Circuit bully and mistreat his clerks?
A former clerk told a congressional panel that the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt sexually harassed her. Dozens of his former clerks issued a statement supporting her, saying some experienced "sexist, workplace bullying."
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Republican Matt Gaetz's Challenger, a Retired US Navy Commander, Says Rep is Using 'Cold War' Tactics to Stay in Power
U.S. Navy veteran Phil Ehr, a Democrat hoping to challenge Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in November, called out the congressman for using "cold war" tactics in a new campaign video.
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Disabled artist selling her work to help a museum in need
Born with a rare defect, Jessica Jewett paints and draws with her mouth.
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Winter storm brings snow to Raleigh
Snow has been falling across North Carolina, including in coastal areas that rarely see snow. (Feb 20)       
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New Dodger Brusdar Graterol is over the flu and uncorking his 100-mph fastball
Brusdar Graterol impresses Dodgers with electric stuff after fighting illness and the uncertainty of the Twins trading him to the Red Sox, then to the Dodgers.
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Is South Carolina still Joe Biden's firewall?
Less than two weeks away from South Carolina's primary, Biden is aggressively trying to defend his waning lead here.
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34-fight veteran Darrick Minner to fight Grant Dawson at UFC on ESPN+ 27 on short notice
It took Darrick Minner 34 fights, but he can finally call himself a UFC fighter.       Related StoriesEdmen Shahbazyan vs. Derek Brunson off UFC 248, shifts to UFC on ESPN+ 30 in Portland'Shogun' Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira trilogy on tap for UFC 250Michael Chiesa knew pre-fight of Diego Sanchez's deadly submission: 'I immediately started laughing' 
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'El Chapo' Guzman associate who testified against the kingpin sentenced to 84 months in prison
Tirso Martinez Sanchez, a former associate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman whose testimony helped convict the drug kingpin, was sentenced to 84 months in prison -- about seven years -- in Brooklyn federal court Thursday.
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How Michael Bloomberg made his $65 billion net worth
With a multibillion-dollar net worth, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the wealthiest person to run for president in US history. The businessman and politician is worth a staggering $65.2 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker, making him the 8th richest person in the world. He earned his fortune through his...
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The Stop-Bernie Campaign Can’t Figure Out Which Way to Go
As the picketing difficulties suggested, being against Sanders is not the same thing as having an alternative plan.
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The Roger Stone sentencing has been quite the ordeal. Today he was finally sentenced and Trump talked a little about a pardon.        
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Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
Roger Stone, an ally to President Trump, has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison. Now the questions is, will he do the time? Jeff Pegues reports.
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Boat with 91 migrants onboard goes missing in Mediterranean
The inflatable boat carrying mostly African migrants departed earlier this month from an area 30 miles east of the capital Tripoli.
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Thursday, February 20, 2020
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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Intelligence officials warned Russia is working to get Trump re-elected
CBS News has learned the U.S. intelligence community believes Russia is at it again, trying to interfere in this year's presidential election. It comes just months after the Russia investigation ended. Major Garrett reports.
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Trump: "I'd love to see Roger Stone exonerated"
Hours after his former campaign adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison, President Trump said he'd "love" to see Stone exonerated. Politico's Meridith McGraw, McClatchy's Emma Dumain, and CBSN legal contributor Keir Dougall joined "Red & Blue" to discuss how Washington is responding to the Stone sentencing.
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Column: Andre Ethier didn't win a World Series ring. He blames analytics, not sign stealing
Andre Ethier's 12-year Dodgers career ended with the 2017 World Series Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros. He says the emphasis on analytics led to sign stealing.
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