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Like fine whisky, Texan oil exporters tout unblended crude

Decades ago, a distiller in Scotland discovered the marketing power of "single malt" whisky, untouched by blending - a technique now being embraced by sellers of Texas crude oil.
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Darren Criss lists Los Feliz Midcentury for $1.7 million
In Los Feliz, actor Darren Criss is asking $1.697 million for his 1950s Midcentury ranch of eight years.
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Tessa Thompson wants to ask the 'big questions' at Sundance
Tessa Thompson, Justien Simien and Colman Domingo gathered at Sundance for a conversation on "The Transcendence of Narrative" that focused on all the new ways to tell stories and get them out into the world.
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China's Hubei province says 100 dead, 2,714 total cases in virus outbreak
The health commission of China's Hubei province said on Tuesday that 100 people had died from a coronavirus outbreak as of Jan. 27, according to an online statement.
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Trump's defense team takes on the Bidens
White House lawyers continued their defense of President Trump during the impeachment trial Monday.
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Virgin Islands AG says Jeffrey Epstein estate executors have a conflict of interest
The attorney general for the US Virgin Islands said she does not trust the two executors of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to handle the case because they have a conflict of interest, according to new court papers. Attorney General Denise George alleged in a Jan. 15 lawsuit that Epstein sexually abused so many underage girls on...
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The end of NYC’s iconic Friars Club came not with a roast, but a whimper
“All dining, programming and other services are suspended until further notice. As soon as we have more information, we will convey it to the membership."
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City forcing dozens of property owners to erect emergency scaffolding
The city Buildings Department is installing emergency protective sidewalk sheds in front of dozens of Big Apple structures with crumbling facades — and slapping their property owners with the bill. The drastic move comes after last month’s death of Manhattan architect Erica Tishman, who was killed by a chunk of falling facade in Midtown. The...
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Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson gives Super Bowl trip to military veteran
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tweeted on Monday that he’s sending retired Lt. Colonel Roger Miranda of Belton, Texas to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Super Bowl LIV.
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Kyrie Irving needs Nets more than ever after Kobe Bryant’s death
After the shocking death of Kobe Bryant, the whole NBA — make that the entire sports world — was putting its arms around the families of not only Bryant, but the other victims of the tragic helicopter crash. Sympathies and well-wishes have been flooding in to Bryant’s surviving family. Those closest to him will eventually...
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Jimmy Garoppolo brings Tom Brady lessons to new Super Bowl experience
MIAMI — Better luck next year if you were excited for a Super Bowl finally without mention of Tom Brady and the Patriots. Brady, Bill Belichick and the six-time champion Patriots are not here for the first time in three years and for a rare instance this century. But the shadow of their greatness looms...
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Pompeo’s clash with NPR grows after journalist is barred from plane
The State Department Correspondents’ Association protested the move, which it saw as retaliation over an exchange with another reporter.
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Trump defense team takes on Hunter Biden directly, as Bolton revelations jolt proceedings
Pam Bondi, in a methodical presentation Monday at President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, took the fight directly to Hunter Biden -- underscoring, again and again, how even media outlets with a left-wing "bias" questioned the younger Biden's lucrative service on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings while his father oversaw Ukraine policy as vice president.
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Hogan appoints delegate to Baltimore district
Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Chanel Branch to a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates representing a district in Baltimore
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Sign-stealing scandal: Should MLB restrict the use of technology or embrace it?
As baseball tries to learn from the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, a conundrum exists: How can technology be banned in one area and embraced in every other?
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Netflix's 'Cheer' invites you to unlearn what you think you know about cheerleading
Netflix's new docuseries "Cheer," which follows Navarro College's cheerleading team and its bruising pursuit of yet another national championship, delves into the athletes' lives and how they're shaped by sexuality, class, race and gender. In doing so, the series illuminates the complex role that cheerleading can play in helping young people to learn about themselves and how they fit into the world around them.
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Who Does Peter Weber End Up With? 'Bachelor' Spoilers, Fan Theories, Hannah Brown and More
Some fans still think former Bachelorette Hannah Brown will be a factor in Weber's final decision.
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'Bachelor' Spoilers: What to Know About Victoria and Peter's One-on-One Date
"You'd have to be an idiot to buy that some of these things are just happenstance."
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Memorials honoring Kobe and Gianna Bryant are popping up all over the world
A mural of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna smiling appeared in Los Angeles less than 24 hours after they died in a tragic helicopter crash.
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‘Notorious scumbag’: Potential jurors tossed for bashing Michael Avenatti
Dozens of jurors were tossed Monday from their chance to serve as jurors in the impending Nike extortion trial of Michael Avenatti — with many blasting the controversial lawyer as a “scumbag” and a liar. “Michael Avenatti is a notorious scumbag who is willing to do anything, including lie and cheat in order to enrich...
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Pompeo bars NPR reporter from his plane
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo bars an NPR reporter from his plane after confrontation with network over his profanity-laced attack on its interviewer.
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How Media Outlets Are Acknowledging (and Not Acknowledging) Kobe Bryant’s Rape Case
Writers are searching for a coherent narrative of Bryant’s life. But people’s private and public selves are rarely cohesive.
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Kobe Bryant fan says they’re too sad to serve on Michael Avenatti’s Nike extortion trial
A grief-stricken Kobe Bryant fan Monday said they were so torn up over the NBA legend’s recent death that they were unable to serve on Michael Avenatti’s impending Nike extortion trial. “I personally met and have a great deal of respect for Laker legend Kobi [sic] Bryant who recently died in the helicopter crash in California,” according to a...
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China's Tianjin to set up dedicated hospital to treat coronavirus patients
The city of Tianjin in northern China will establish a dedicated hospital to treat people infected by the coronavirus as part of a "wartime mechanism" to fight the disease, a government-owned paper said on Tuesday, citing the local health commission.
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Lori Vallow, mother of two missing Idaho children, found in Hawaii with new husband
Police ordered the mother to produce her missing children in the bizarre missing-persons case with Arizona ties.       
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Coronavirus outbreak: US urges Americans to 'reconsider' China travel, plans to move personnel out of Wuhan
The State Department on Monday urged Americans to reconsider traveling to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, and said it ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families out of the country.
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Super Bowl 2020 halftime show: How Jennifer Lopez, Shakira stay in shape
Call it Super Babe Sunday! With their heavenly hair flips, body-baring costumes and fierce dance moves, Sunday’s Super Bowl 2020 halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira is set to be the sexiest yet. That’s because, with 19 studio albums, more than 155 million records sold, and a 12-pack of abs between them, the Latin...
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The Cherry-Picked, Inaccurate Claims Made by Trump's Defense Team to Refute Impeachment Articles
Here are a few of the claims made by President Trump's lawyers that failed to paint the entire picture.
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California dad suspected of killing his 5 infant kids over a decade
A depraved California dad has been charged with killing his five infant children over the course of a decade in a cold case that “haunted” investigators for years, police said on Monday.  Paul Perez, 57 — who had been serving time at a prison outside Bakersfield, Calif. for unrelated crimes — was arrested on Thursday...
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State Department blocks NPR reporter from Pompeo trip after radio host said he cursed, shouted at her
The decision to block NPR's State Department reporter from traveling with Pompeo comes after he cursed at host Mary Louise Kelly after an interview.       
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Lizzo, Diddy and embattled former CEO all put the Grammys on notice
The world is changing faster than the Grammys and other major institutions, historically exclusionary of women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals, can keep up, says Jeff Yang, who saw in significant moments from Lizzo, Diddy and former CEO Deborah Dugan demonstrations of how different today's cultural landscape is from the anodyne, polished and packaged reality that the Academy's white male insiders sought to present at this year's awards.
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Super Bowl 2020 is overtaken by Kobe Bryant sorrow
MIAMI — The show must go on, it must always go on, in every precinct outside of Los Angeles, but the Kobe Bryant Story is a tragedy that has washed ashore on South Beach, a tsunami of a grief that can be seen and heard even over the pulsating music from the ostentatious party the...
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Gianna Bryant mourned by UConn women’s basketball team before game
The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team paid tribute to Gianna “Gigi” Bryant — who was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday along with dad Kobe Bryant — before an exhibition game Monday night. The NCAA team reserved a seat on their court-side bench for Gigi, with a No. 2 team jersey and a bouquet...
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state of black history
Freshman year of high school can make anyone feel lost, but Seattle teen Janelle Gary felt especially lost when she entered high school in 2015. After she was forced to move when her building was demolished, part of a wave of gentrification driving out residents of the historically black Central District neighborhood, she ended up…
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4 takeaways from the Trump team’s day on defense
John Bolton who?
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Rep. Doug Collins expected to run for Senate
The move complicates Republicans' efforts to hold onto a battleground Senate seat.
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One incredibly useful trick to find any photo on your phone fast
You might remember when you’d only snap a few photos for fear of wasting film. Those days are long gone. Reports indicate people worldwide snap an astounding 1 trillion images a year.
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Why John Bolton’s ‘bombshell’ really isn’t
It shouldn’t be news that former National Security Adviser John Bolton can attest to a White House scheme to pressure Ukraine on investigations. The existence of this campaign, now at the center of the impeachment fight, has been obvious for months. There is no mystery here, no whodunnit, no dining-car reckoning from “Murder on the...
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It’s Not “Too Soon” to Talk About the Kobe Bryant Rape Case
“Survivors in your life right now are listening to this.”
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Judge waives $50K bond for woman accused of helping hide a corpse
A young woman accused of helping her boyfriend hide his slain mom’s body no longer has to secure her freedom with a $50,000 bond — thanks to New York’s new bail-reform law. Caitlyn O’Rourke’s lawyer argued in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday that the bond should be released because the charge against her — concealment...
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Woman can't use frozen embryos after divorce
An Arizona woman cannot use frozen embryos fertilized by her ex-husband to have children and has to donate them, according to a ruling by the state's Supreme Court.
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Brit Hume on Bolton book revelation: It will undoubtedly increase pressure for him to testify
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume appeared on "Special Report with Bret Baier" Monday to comment on a report that former National Security Adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book reveals that President Trump connected frozen military aid to Ukraine to investigations into the family of prospective 2020 rival Joe Biden.
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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw wants the Houston Astros to express remorse for stealing signs
In his first public comments about the Astros cheating during the 2017 World Series, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw addressed getting shelled in Game 5.
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Author deletes children’s book co-written with Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children’s book, but the author of “The Alchemist” says he decided to delete the draft after Bryant’s death
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China's Tibet closes tourism sites to prevent virus spread: state media
China's Tibet Autonomous Region has temporarily closed all tourist sites starting on Monday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, official news agency Xinhua reported.
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Americans urged not to travel to China over coronavirus concerns
The U.S. State Department is raising its travel warning over the deadly coronavirus, urging Americans not to travel to China. At least five cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Adriana Diaz has the latest.
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Will Ferrell has a great timeshare for you and more with 'Downhill'
Ferrell and co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods and Zoe Chao along with co-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash of the film "Downhill" stopped by the L.A. Times Studio to go through the ABCs of their film.
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Chasing greatness: Memories of Kobe Bryant from halfway across the world
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died tragically at 41, left an indelible mark on the life of one MMA Junkie writer and her family.        Related Stories'I knew I had to fight through it': Maycee Barber opens up on torn ACL suffered at UFC 246Daniel Rodriguez replaces Ramazan Emeev, fights Tim Means at UFC on ESPN+ 25Raymond Daniels only interested in fight with Michael Page if title on the line 
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