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At least 4 wounded during string of ‘connected’ shootings in the Poconos
At least four people were wounded in a series of shootings that are believed to be connected in an area north of Mount Pocono on Monday night, police said. The gun violence began at about 5 p.m. in Tobyhanna, prompting a shelter-in-place order as cops searched for the suspects early Tuesday morning, according to police....
FBI searches home of Huntington Beach far-right extremist who posted about attending the Capitol riot
The FBI searched the Huntington Beach apartment of a far-right extremist who previously claimed to have attended the Capitol riot.
Mets general manager Jared Porter sent reporter unsolicited photos
Mets general manager Jared Porter’s standing with the team could be on shaky ground following a report late Monday night indicating he sent unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016.
24-year-old Ohio cop fatally shot during hours-long standoff with armed suspect
A Toledo police officer was fatally shot on Monday during a standoff with an armed suspect wanted for vandalizing a cathedral, authorities said. Officer Brandon Stalker, 24, who was performing perimeter security at the suspect’s home, was struck once after the man walked outside and opened fire with two guns, police said. “He was an...
Los Angeles lifts air-quality limits for cremations amid a backlog of bodies caused by COVID-19
A California air quality agency has temporarily suspended limits on how many bodies can be cremated amid a lack of storage space for those who died from the novel coronavirus.
China is hitting back at criticism of its vaccines with a dangerous disinformation campaign
With Chinese company Sinovac facing questions over the efficacy of its coronavirus shot, the country's propaganda apparatus is attacking other vaccines, undermining overall confidence in mass inoculations.
Opinion: New York Mets must part ways with GM Jared Porter in wake of damning report
Jared Porter's behavior, as detailed in a startling and sickening ESPN report, should cost him his job as general manager of the New York Mets.
Tommy Hilfiger sells his $45M mansion, reportedly moving to Florida
Fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger has finally sold his massive Connecticut mansion for $45 million and will be moving more than 1,250 miles down south.
UFC on ESPN 20 video: Michael Chiesa, Neil Magny on weight for main event
The UFC’s second main event of the year between Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny is official.        Related StoriesDana White: Neil Magny, Michael Chiesa deserve UFC on ESPN 20 main event spotUFC on ESPN 20 weigh-in results and live video stream (midnight ET)UFC on ESPN 20's Warlley Alves vows to reach potential, become champion 
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Mets must fire Jared Porter amid sexting scandal: Sherman
If Carlos Beltran had to go for sign stealing last offseason, then Jared Porter has to go now if the facts in ESPN’s story are true and the new Mets GM in 2016 sent a barrage of unsolicited text messages with lewd overtones to a female reporter. Beltran committed a baseball crime and never made...
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Deshaun Watson is fueling Jets trade buzz — all thanks to The Post
Deshaun Watson may have given the first indication he’s interested in coming to the Jets. The Texans star’s official Instagram account liked a picture of The Post’s back page from Monday that said that Jets should do “Whatever It Takes” to acquire the disgruntled quarterback. The picture was posted by Yonkers entrepreneur Wayne Schneider. Watson,...
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Lakers manage to show some of their championship mettle in loss to Warriors
The pair of LeBron James and Anthony Davis make the Lakers special, but they run into some problems in a 115-113 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
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Amid virus surge, hospital chaplains on front line
As families are barred from visiting loved ones in hospitals to curb the spread of COVID-19, chaplains often are there to act as surrogates, holding the hands of the dying, praying with them and providing a connection with grieving loved ones. (Jan. 19)       
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Ohio police chief mourns an 'amazing police officer' who was killed during standoff
An Ohio police officer was shot dead Monday after a suspect, facing an arrest warrant, emerged from a standoff with police and started shooting, officials said.
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What to watch on Tuesday: ‘Frontline: President Biden’ on PBS
Tuesday January 19, 2021 | “Finding Your Roots” returns on PBS.
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Nets got sweet glimpse of a new James Harden
This was the sequence that defines James Harden, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the brazen and everything in between. Here, in the space of five seconds, maybe six, was enough for his detractors to jump on, enough for his supporters to fall behind, both sides able to state their cases in a...
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Harry Brant, son of billionaire Peter Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, dead at 24
Harry Brant — the flamboyant fashionista son of polo-playing billionaire Peter Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour — has died of an accidental drug overdose, his family said on Monday. He was 24. The gender-bending bon vivant — a hip couture icon along with his older brother Peter Jr. — was found dead on Sunday, just...
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Clinton suggests Putin may have known about riot in Capitol, Pelosi wants 9/11 commission-type probe
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her podcast about the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been receiving updates about the chaos from President Trump. 
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‘Colbert’s’ Laura Benanti Delivers One Last Epic Musical ‘Fuck Off’ to Melania Trump
CBS“We’re planning sort of a great big goodbye to her that I’m really, really excited about,” Laura Benanti told me last month when I asked her if she was finally finished playing First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “It’s going to be pretty, pretty spectacular.”On Monday night, with about 36 hours to go until Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, she delivered on that promise.What started as a standard farewell message about how “all good things must come to an end”—and “also this,” she added—Benanti’s Melania put her Tony Award-winning skills to work in an elaborate short film about moving back to New York for good after four long years of suffering in D.C.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mets GM Jared Porter acknowledges 'serious error in judgement' following report he sent unsolicited messages, lewd photos to reporter
The New York Mets are aware of an ESPN report that said GM Jared Porter sent unsolicited messages and lewd photos to a female reporter in 2016.       
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Joe Biden: Amnesty for Everyone Who Was Here on January 1
President-elect Joe Biden's amnesty plan will reportedly provide the glittering prize of U.S. citizenship to everyone who can show they were in the United States illegally on January 1, if Congress passes the wage-cutting, nation-changing legislation amid a deep economic recession.
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GOP Rep. Carl: Atmosphere Surrounding U.S. Capitol on Eve of Inauguration 'Creepy'
With a matter of hours to go until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Washington, D.C., including the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol, remain on lockdown after riots broke out inside the Capitol earlier this month. The lockdown atmosphere has a "creepy" vibe to it, according to freshman Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL).
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Jimmy Kimmel Furious Over Ted Cruz’s Capitol Riot Complicity
ABCOn Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel began his late-night monologue by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights icon who was viciously targeted by the U.S. federal government and whose revolutionary thinking has been softened by U.S. history classes for decades.“Thank you for joining us on the day we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a real patriot, great man who lost his life to the same sick mentality that permeates this country to this day,” said Kimmel. “If Dr. King were alive today, he would probably watch the news and go, ‘Let me be more specific about this dream I had.’”The comic then turned to The New Yorker’s shocking footage from inside the U.S. Capitol riot. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Country that refused to lock down learns a hard lesson
What's now mundane for much of the world is remarkable for Sweden: government-issued mandates on limited store capacity. Once lionized by anti-lockdown advocates, Sweden now has a new law granting the government power to do things the country previously refused to do. CNN's Max Foster reports. 
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Opinion: Carli Lloyd keeps on grinding after injury because that's what Carli Lloyd does
Carli Lloyd had not played in a USWNT game since March after injuring her knee, but looked as strong as ever.       
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Ohio police officer shot and killed following hours long standoff
Officer Brandon Stalker was just 24 years old.
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Trump is handing Biden a more dangerous world. There's only so much the new president can undo
As US President Donald Trump he hands power to Joe Biden on Wednesday -- however reluctantly -- he also hands his successor a far more dangerous world than it was four years ago.
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Trump is handing Biden a more dangerous world. There's only so much the new president can undo
The recent attack on the US Capitol served as a sobering wake-up call: Not only have the Trump years left America deeply divided, they've also transformed it into a theater of political violence.
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Live Updates: Eric Swalwell brings political baggage as impeachment manager
Swalwell was given the heavy responsibility of being on the team to present the case against Trump to the Senate in his impeachment trial
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Live Updates: Acting Secretary of Defense weighs in on concerns of insider threat to Biden's inauguration
Miller said that the department is "leaving no stone unturned in securing the Capitol."
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Live Updates: Congress gears up as hearings for Biden's Cabinet nominations set to begin today
The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations are set to begin on Tuesday, one day before his inauguration on Jan. 20.
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How fast do you cancel streaming services? It's a problem for Hollywood
A new report suggests more than 60% of people who dropped a streaming service did so after they watched the show or movie that got them to sign up.
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Trump leaves America at its most divided since the Civil War
Donald Trump ends his tumultuous presidency with the nation confronting the greatest strain to its fundamental cohesion since the Civil War.
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Jared Porter of the Mets Accused of Harassing Female Reporter
Jared Porter reportedly sent dozens of unsolicited text messages — including one with a nude photo — to a reporter in 2016.
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Trump's legacy will take years to purge from the American psyche
After four exhausting years of raging tweets, lies, "fire and fury" rants and orders for far-right extremists to "stand back and stand by," it's almost over.
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California becomes first US state to surpass 3M Covid-19 cases
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This Day in History: Jan. 19
Millionaire Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
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Hints From Heloise: Check with credit card company if worried about security
Reader worried that someone had taken a photo of her card.
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Miss Manners: Skip the ‘You’re welcome’ email
Reader aims to be polite but worries that habit is annoying.
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Carolyn Hax: He asked to ‘take a break’; now he wants to take up where they left off
He pretends like nothing happened, and for some reason she’s going along with it.
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January 18 coronavirus news
The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. Meanwhile, vaccinations have already started in some countries as cases continue to rise. Follow here for the latest.
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Washington Post panned over op-ed invoking 'multiracial Whiteness' to explain Trump support among minorities
An op-ed published by The Washington Post last week has raised eyebrows over its explanation of why President Trump gained among minority voters despite his 2020 election defeat. 
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Mets general manager Jared Porter sent reporter unsolicited penis photos
Mets general manager Jared Porter’s standing with the team could be on shaky ground following a report late Monday night indicating he sent unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016, culminating with a shot of a naked, erect penis. ESPN reported that Porter, then working for the Cubs, sent the woman —...
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A look at NAMM Believe in Music Week
The 2021 NAMM Show music trade convention was sidelined due to COVID-19, but NAMM is holding a free to the public alternative event. Rick Damigella reports.
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Woman investigated for stealing Pelosi's computer surrenders
A caller who identified themselves as the former partner of Riley Williams told authorities that she planned to give the device to a friend who would sell it to Russia's foreign intelligence service, a claim that authorities are investigating but have not yet confirmed.
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Hannity: Democrats' 'deprogramming' rhetoric the opposite of Biden's calls for 'unity'
Democrats, members of the mainstream media and Big Tech are elevating their rhetoric about their political opponents to alarming heights, Sean Hannity said Monday.
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Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz's daughter defends Nicole Kidman's casting in movie about parents
"I Love Lucy" stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter Lucie Arnaz has spoken out in support of Nicole Kidman's casting in an upcoming film about her parents.
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6.4 quake strikes Argentina's San Juan province, no tsunami warning issued
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck Argentina's west-central province of San Juan on Monday night, according to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey.
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