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Supreme Court to Hear Case Deciding Whether Religious Foster-Care Agencies Can Reject Same-Sex Parents
Philadelphia stopped placing kids with a Catholic agency because it wouldn't let same-sex couples be foster parents
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Michael Jordan tears up in moving speech at Kobe Bryant memorial
One basketball icon paid tribute to another on Monday, as Michael Jordan offered his remembrances of his “brother” Kobe Bryant in a Monday memorial service. “In the game of basketball, in life, as a parent, Kobe left nothing in the tank,” said Jordan, addressing a capacity crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “He left it...
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This is the best affordable robot vacuum we've ever tested—and it's finally on sale
Our favorite ultra-slim affordable robot vacuum is back on sale on Amazon, and it's at its second-lowest price ever.       
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Brady Skjei traded by Rangers to Hurricanes for first-round pick
The Rangers made one major deal ahead of the NHL trade deadline Monday, sending Brady Skjei to the Carolina Hurricanes for a first-round pick, The Post’s Larry Brooks confirmed. Skjei, 25, was in his fourth full season with the Rangers after being selected No. 28 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. The defenseman is under...
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Katherine Johnson, NASA's iconic mathematician in 'Hidden Figures', dead at 101
Katherine Johnson, the venerated NASA mathematician who was the subject of the film "Hidden Figures," has died at 101.        
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Katherine Johnson, groundbreaking NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101
Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician and trailblazer for racial justice who is one of the space agency's most inspirational leaders, has died. She was 101.
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Vanessa Bryant delivers touching speech on Gigi and Kobe at Los Angeles memorial
Vanessa Bryant became the strongest woman in the world Monday in Los Angeles.
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Save on sustainable shoes and accessories at Nisolo's End of Season Sale
You know Nisolo for its ethically made shoes, accessories and leather goods, and now through February 29, you can snag all of the above at a discount. Shop Nisolo's End of Season Sale for up to 40% off some of the brand's most popular styles, and take an additional 10% off your purchase with promo code EOSCNN.
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Henrik Lundqvist’s strongest indication he’s thinking about his Rangers end
This was an admission laid bare, the truth of Henrik Lundqvist’s difficult situation with the Rangers coming to light in as open a statement as has been made by the club’s legendary netminder since this rebuilding started just over two years ago. “I’ve been very open with management over the two years I’ve been through...
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Men hire lawyer over alleged abuse by university doctor
Several men who allege sexual abuse by a deceased University of Michigan doctor have retained a California law firm that's representing dozens of accusers who sued Ohio State University in a similar case
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Kobe Bryant memorial: Sabrina Ionescu talks about what he meant to her
Oregon basketball star Sabrina Ionescu spoke about Kobe and Gianna Bryant during their public memorial Monday at Staples Center.
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Crowd At Trump's India Visit Eclipsed Only By Dwight Eisenhower's In 1959
The president had claimed that as many as 6 million to 10 million would be ready to greet him in the world's largest cricket stadium.
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Sanders' support of Castro may have doomed his chances in Florida
Bernie Sanders praised portions of Cuba's socialist system. In doing so, he may have lost any chance of winning the critical swing state of Florida.        
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Hillary Clinton: Trump 'Is a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy and to Our Future'
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday called President Donald Trump a "clear and present danger to democracy."
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How the New Emma Movie Updates the Relationship At Its Core
The new movie is a faithful Austen adaptation, but there are a few key changes
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Charlie Heaton explains why he and Natalia Dyer kept romance quiet
“We didn't really know what the relationship was."
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Harvey Weinstein accusers deliver tearful, powerful statements following verdict
Some of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, including Rose McGowan and Mira Sorvino, held a press conference call after Monday's guilty verdict in his rape trial.
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Virginia law makes 'D.C. sniper' Lee Boyd Malvo eligible for parole, ends Supreme Court case
A law signed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday does away with life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.       
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Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape, in turning point for #MeToo movement
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape in a New York court on Monday and taken away in handcuffs, a turning point for the #MeToo movement that inspired women to publicly accuse powerful men of misconduct.
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Read Vanessa Bryant's speech at the memorial for Kobe and Gigi Bryant
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant's widow and mother of 13-year-old Gigi, spoke at their memorial in Los Angeles' Staples Center.
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Bernie Sanders' defense of Castro's Cuba evokes socialism's brutal history
Self-described democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders' I-Vt., defense of the policies of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro drew swift and widespread condemnation and evoked memories of some of history's bloodiest regimes.
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Democrat Mike Quigley: 'There is No Deep State'
Appearing Monday on CNN's New Day, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) accused President Donald Trump of wanting a "team of sycophants" advising him and said there is no such thing as the "deep state."
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Help! I Want to Support My Friend—but She’s a Witch Who Tears Down My Christian Faith.
“Every time I get close to donating, I just think about how much she hates people of my faith.”
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Harvey Weinstein accepted verdict ‘like a man’ — but will immediately appeal: lawyers
“The fight is not over,” Weinstein’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told reporters outside Manhattan Supreme Court.
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Coronavirus could cause U.S. drug shortages
From A to Z-Packs: Antibiotics and anesthetics especially threatened as up to 90% of their ingredients come from China.
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Supreme Court hears Atlantic Coast Pipeline case, Roberts warns of 'impermeable barrier' along Appalachian Trail
The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on the case that will determine the fate of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – a 600-mile natural gas project would begin in West Virginia and stretch through Virginia and North Carolina.
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Here's that blue dress from 'The Notebook' that Kobe Bryant gave to Vanessa
During Monday's Kobe Bryant memorial at Staples Center, his widow, Vanessa, tearfully recalled how Kobe gave her the blue dress from the film "The Notebook."
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MSNBC's Chris Matthews Facing Calls to Resign for Comparing Sanders' Win to Nazi Invasion
MSNBC's Chris Matthews is under fire and facing calls to resign after an instance where he compared Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) win in Nevada to the French Nazi invasion in 1940.
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Drink to Mardi Gras with a festive vodka cocktail
Laissez les bons temps rouler – “let the good times roll!”
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Percentage of Indian Adults Who Express Confidence in Trump Quadrupled from 2016 to 2019
A majority of Indian adults expressed confidence President Donald Trump is making good decisions on the world stage, reflecting four-times the amount of Indians who said that in 2016.
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Poll: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Neck and Neck in Texas
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Joe Biden (D) are in a virtual dead heat in Texas, a YouGov/University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs poll released Monday showed. 
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TSA bans employees from using TikTok to create content for the agency
The Transportation Security Administration has banned its employees from using TikTok after facing pressure from lawmakers over the social media platform's ties to China.
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Pete Davidson confirms Kaia Gerber breakup
Pete Davidson said she was too young to be dating a "dude" in rehab.
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On the trail: Buttigieg heckled at march, Sanders takes heat for Cuba comment
Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders came under fire on Monday for comments about late Cuban President Fidel Castro, and moderate rival Pete Buttigieg was heckled at a march with labor activists.
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Vanessa Bryant remembers Kobe and Gianna
Vanessa Bryant honored her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna at the public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She shared stories and spoke about how much Kobe loved coaching their daughter. Watch her remarks.
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Oil sinks 4% on demand concerns as coronavirus spreads
Oil prices slumped by nearly 4% on Monday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus in countries outside China added to investor concerns over the effect on demand for crude.
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Stocks, oil slide; gold spikes as virus fears grip markets
Stocks across the globe were on track to fall by the most in two years on Monday and oil prices tumbled as a jump in coronavirus cases outside of China drove investors to the perceived safety of gold and government bonds on fears of the impact to the global economy.
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Michael Jordan, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye and Kim Kardashian, Michael Phelps attend Kobe Bryant memorial
Michael Jordan helped Bryant's widow Vanessa off the stage after her emotional and heartfelt speech.       
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What’s It Like to Be an Olympic Running Coach?
Meet Amy Begley, head coach of the Atlanta Track Club.
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Quaden Bayles’ sister is a model, Aboriginal activist — and vocal defender of bullied brother
"You're the coolest, smartest, strongest and the most sweetest kid I know!" she wrote in support of her brother.
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Secretive Church Sect At The Center Of South Korea's Coronavirus Outbreak
With 833 cases, the country now says it is on "red alert" and is taking measures to contain the disease.
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Assange extradition hearing opens with claims of retribution against the media, danger to U.S. informants
The U.S. extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a test case of media freedoms and the global reach of the U.S. justice system.       
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Virginia Senate panel advances Northam gun restrictions
A group of seven measures to restrict gun rights in Virginia was advanced by a state Senate committee on Monday.
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Katherine Johnson’s Enduring Legacy
In 1958, not long after the pivotal launch of Sputnik, American engineers were preoccupied with spaceflight. Every day, engineers at the Langley laboratory at Virginia contemplated orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion, and the complicated art of leaving Earth—they needed to catch up with the Soviet Union. Katherine Johnson’s job was to prepare the equations and charts for this work. But she wasn’t allowed inside the room where any of it was discussed.“Why can’t I go to the editorial meetings?” Johnson asked the engineers, as Margot Lee Shetterly wrote in the book Hidden Figures.“Girls don’t go to the meetings,” her male colleagues told her.“Is there a law against it?” she replied. There had been, in other cases; one prohibited black people from using the same bathroom as white people.But Johnson already ignored those laws at the office, and she kept asking about the meetings. Eventually the engineers relented, tired of saying no over and over again. She made it into the room, and well beyond that.Johnson, who died this morning at the age of 101, spent more than 30 years at NASA, where she provided the complex calculations for the country’s most important missions, from the first journey to the edge of space to the triumphant landing on the moon.Johnson’s talent and contributions are well-documented now, but for most of her life, her efforts went unrecognized—until, in 2016, Shetterly published her book and the film it inspired became a blockbuster. For the first time, a wider swathe of the world learned about Johnson and how she made a place for herself in American spaceflight. The book chronicled the lives of Johnson and the other black female mathematicians who worked as “computers” at the Langley Research Center in Virginia, using pencils and slide rules to calculate equations for the agency that would become NASA.[Read: Hidden Figures and the appeal of math in an age of inequality]The sciences are well-known for their infuriating tendency to overlook important figures who aren’t white and male. But the stories of these women in particular had been buried so deep in the archives of history, that when Shetterly brought them to light, it felt like a revelation. In her late nineties, Johnson was finally celebrated—widely and loudly—for her contributions to one of the most iconic accomplishments of the 20th century.She was inundated with press coverage, had buildings renamed in her honor, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The burst of overdue recognition didn’t seem to faze her. “There’s nothing to it—I was just doing my job,” she said in a Washington Post interview in 2017. “They needed information and I had it, and it didn’t matter that I found it. At the time, it was just a question and an answer.”Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 in West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to a schoolteacher and farmer. She had a sharp mathematical mind as a child, and by the time she was 13 years old, she was taking classes at West Virginia State College, where she later earned her degree. She briefly attended West Virginia University to study for a master’s degree in math, becoming one of the first black students in the program, before leaving to start a family. She was teaching at a black public school in Virginia when a relative told her about job openings with Langley’s cadre of human computers, led by another black mathematician, Dorothy Vaughan.Johnson arrived at Langley in 1953. At a place like Langley, any woman would have faced sexism in that era; Johnson and her colleagues had to confront the racism of the time, too. A cardboard sign on a cafeteria table, delineating where “colored computers” could sit, had been done away with by the time she got there, but the signage over bathrooms remained. Johnson focused on her work. “She didn’t close her eyes to the racism that existed,” Shetterly wrote. “But she didn’t feel it in the same way. She wished it away, willed it out of existence inasmuch as her daily life was concerned.”[Read: The women who contributed to science but were buried in the footnotes]By 1958, the year NASA was formally established, Johnson was known for her keen eye and precision. As engineers considered what it would take to send the first American beyond the edge of space, she volunteered for work behind the scenes. “Tell me where you want the man to land, and I’ll tell you where to send him up,” Johnson told her boss. She ended up calculating the trajectory of Alan Shepard’s capsule from the time it lifted off the ground to the moment it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean in 1961.Johnson was called on to do the same for John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, the following year. This time, the equations that would control the journey had been programmed into actual computers, and the astronaut was a little nervous about entrusting his life to this newfangled technology. Glenn asked the engineers to tell Johnson to crunch the same numbers by hand and check them before the flight. They were correct. “If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go,” he said.As the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union escalated, Johnson contributed calculations that synchronized the Apollo 11 mission’s lander, which touched down on the lunar surface, and the command module, which remained in orbit around the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored. Without these efforts, the first men on the moon wouldn’t have been able to find their way home.Shetterly heard these and other stories of the black mathematicians from her father, who worked as a scientist at Langley. During her early research for the book, the author shared some information about the women with experts on NASA history. “They encouraged what they viewed as a valuable addition to the body of knowledge, though some question the magnitude of the story. ‘How many women are we talking about? Five or six?’” Shetterly remembers them saying. By the time she finished her book, she had uncovered nearly 50 black women who worked as computers, mathematicians, engineers, or scientists at the Langley facility between 1943 and 1980, and believed that “20 more names can be shaken loose from the archives with more research.”While Johnson and her cohort of “computers” didn’t get the recognition they deserved at the height of the space race, their work has now become part of the mythos of American spaceflight. But their story is also an object lesson in how history is written—who is included and who is not. The legacy that Johnson leaves behind is not just the equations she worked to help send astronauts safely up into space, all the way to the moon, and back again. Her story also reveals who gets left out of the stories America tells about its accomplishments. If Johnson and her colleagues are remembered, but the next group of “hidden figures” remains hidden, then we have not remembered her well enough.
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Nolte: Trump-Russia Hoax 2.0 Has Already Crashed and Burned
Our sleazy, corrupt, sore-loser Deep State and media formed yet-another unholy union last week to launch Trump-Russia Hoax 2.0 -- only to see it crash and burn within just a few days.
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D.C. man identified as victim in fatal Prince George’s County shooting
The man was shot early Saturday, police said.
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Clyburn Rushes to Save Biden's South Carolina Firewall as Sanders Threat Looms
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is planning to endorse Joe Biden (D) later this week, a move meant to fortify the former vice president's South Carolina firewall as it crumbles to pressure from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
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Democrats Condemn Bernie Sanders’ Praise of Fidel Castro: ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) on Monday decried Democrat primary frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) for praising aspects of communist dictator Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba.
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