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US plans to evacuate Americans from Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak
The US government is moving to evacuate citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is paralyzed by a massive virus outbreak. The government is arranging a charter flight Sunday to get citizens and diplomats out of the epidemic-stricken city, the Wall Street Journal reported. The number of people in China infected with the coronavirus...
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Woman dies after clothing got caught in raisin machine
A 33-year-old California woman is dead after her clothing got caught in a machine at a raisin processing facility in Fresno County. CNN affiliate KGPE/KSEE has the story.
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Saturday Sessions: Andy Shauf performs "Try Again"
Born and raised in western Canada, Andy Shauf’s parents owned a music and electronics store. It gave him the chance to master several instruments. He began performing, then recording, and became known for creating albums where the songs advance a single story. Shauf joined "CBS This Morning" to perform "Try Again."
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Hong Kong declares emergency over coronavirus and closes schools
The coronavirus outbreak started in central China and has left 41 people dead.
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LeBron James set to break Kobe Bryant's career NBA points record
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James needs 18 points against Philadelphia 76ers to pass Kobe Bryant's NBA points record.
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At 88, veteran TV director Howard Storm has lots of stories to tell
Storm's decades in entertainment play out in a new book and in his collection of photos with famous friends.
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The head of ICE says he will deport DREAMers if the Supreme Court ends DACA
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presides over impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump. | Senate Television via Getty Images Chief Justice Roberts needs to watch this video before he lets Trump end DACA. Matthew Albence, the acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Thursday that ICE will deport immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Supreme Court strikes that program down later this year. That statement seems tocontradict Chief Justice John Roberts’s understanding that such deportations will not happen. Last November, the Supreme Court heard three cases asking whether the Trump administration followed the proper procedures when it tried to wind down DACA, which allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States. The conservative Court is likely to side with the Trump administration, although there is a chance that the justices may require that the administration draft a new memo explaining why it wants to end DACA before the program can be wound down. The cases are Trump v. NAACP, McAleenan v. Vidal, and Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. During last November’s argument, Chief Justice John Roberts minimized the consequences facing DACA beneficiaries if the program is terminated. Both the Obama and the Trump administration, Roberts claimed, “have said they’re not going to deport the people.” In a 2017 tweet, President Trump wrote, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” That tweet was widely read as a reference to the DACA population. Last November, by contrast, Trump took a different tone, tweeting that many DACA beneficiaries “are far from ‘angels.’” DACA conveys a number of advantages to immigrants who participate in the program, including assurances that they will not be deported, authorization to work in the United States, and access to certain federal benefits. During the oral argument, Roberts suggested that all that’s really at stake in the DACA cases is whether the program’s beneficiaries will lose “work authorization and the other things.” The chief justice appears to believe that the Trump administration won’t deport former DACA beneficiaries if the Supreme Court rules against these immigrants. But, according to Albence, Roberts is wrong. Trump’s ICE Director, Matt Albence, just confirmed they intend to deport #DACA recipients if the Supreme Court rules on Trump’s side: When “DACA is done away with by the Supreme Court, we can actually effectuate those removal orders.” #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/Qs192JBgn7— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 24, 2020 DACA beneficiaries are immigrants who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and have lived in this country since 2007. Anyone with a felony or significant misdemeanor conviction is ineligible for DACA status. As Trump’s 2017 tweet notes, many served the United States in uniform. One of the central issues in the DACA oral argument was whether the Trump administration did enough to “take responsibility” for its decision to end the DACA program. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor suggested, if the administration is going to “destroy lives,” the law requires it to offer a fuller explanation of why it’s doing so. A similar logic could be applied to Roberts. If Roberts is going to rule against DACA beneficiaries, he should at least be cognizant of the full consequences of his decision.
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Notre Dame football signee Landen Bartleson arrested, accused of stealing guns
Landen Bartleson, 18, was taken into custody Friday police in Danville, Kentucky, and accused of breaking into a business and stealing several guns.        
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Bill Maher Defends Megyn Kelly Over 'Cancel Culture': 'We Were S**tcanned'
Bill Maher blamed "cancel culture" and the "woke" left for Kelly being dropped from NBC. The former Fox News and NBC host appeared on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday night.
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How climate change is impacting Antarcitca's ecosystem
The frozen continent of Antarctica may be far from the world's population centers - but what happens in the rest of the world is having a big impact there. Roxana Saberi traveled to the region with researchers to see what must be done to protect the area.
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Researchers recreate what mummy's voice would have sounded like
An ancient Egyptian buried with the wish to speak again after death had it granted in an unexpected way when researchers in England recreated the voice of a mummified priest by recreating his vocal cords with a 3-D printer.
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Andrew Yang sang with a black church choir. Not everyone said 'Amen'
As the Rev. Wendy Hamilton was leaving Union Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, she turned to see some commotion in the choir.
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Sometimes when politicians visit churches... they dance
There's a long history of politicians visiting churches and pitching themselves to parishioners. This is why they do it.
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Angel Mom: Dems won't fight for their fellow Americans because of their 'illegal criminal first agenda'
Angel families are tired of being ignored by Democrats who have an apparent "illegal-criminal-first agenda", Angel mom Mary Ann Mendoza said Saturday.
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Trump's dismantling of environmental regulations unwinds 50 years of protections
President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to "ensure" that the United States has the "cleanest air" and the "cleanest water," but his administration's efforts to slash environmental regulations has been extensive.
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Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes
In Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve thousands of saplings have been planted as an alternative to profits from illegal gold miningThe villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way. For these Ye’kwana indigenous men, the skinny saplings, less than a metre high, aren’t just baby cacao trees but green shoots of hope in a land scarred by the violence, pollution and destruction wrought by illegal gold prospecting. That hope is chocolate. Continue reading...
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Economie
Home of the Week: A new Craftsman in the Bird Streets
A newly built contemporary in the Bird Streets neighborhood draws from the popular Craftsman style of the early 1900s. Asking price: $7.195 million.
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Cabbies hit by LAXit pickup squeeze are planning their own exit
As Lyft and Uber gain ridership, and taxi drivers don't see a future.
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In a small field, men reenact an oft-overlooked war that remade the U.S., Mexico and the border
The Mexican-American War of remade the U.S. and Mexico — and the much-debated border that separates the two countries. But it remains a relatively overshadowed conflict in American history. In Montebello, a group of men and women try to educate people by reenacting a key battle.
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Joe Kent: America can win the War on Terror without endless wars
We must define what we need from the region and take decisive and sustainable action that does not entrap us in wars with no end or gain.
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Vietnamese flock to this park to 'catch' a tourist — and learn English for free
Vietnam's hard-charging economy has boosted demand for English speakers. Many can't afford classes, so they flock to September 23 Park in Ho Chi Minh City to strike up conversations with passing tourists.
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Time, TV, streaming info and everything you need to know about the 2020 NHL All-Star Game
NHL All-Stars from the Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will square off during three-on-three tournament in St. Louis.      
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Films that won best picture – and those that should have – at the Oscars
The Academy Awards have given out best picture Oscars for more than 90 years. Here are 15 times when they got it totally wrong.        
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In New York City's Chinatown, residents and doctors brace for coronavirus' arrival
Residents of New York City's Chinatown expect the coronavirus to arrive from China as people travel abroad to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
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Chinese New Year 2020 Animal: Year of the Rat Zodiac Sign, Meaning Explained
It's the Year of the Metal Rat according to the Chinese zodiac, which could mean big changes in the new year.
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Help! I Can’t Stop Cheating On My Wife.
I don’t want to blow up my perfect life—or stop seeing other women.
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New surveillance AI can tell schools where students are and where they’ve been
Students are evacuated following the school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, November 2019. | Mario Tama/Getty Images Not all AI being used by schools is facial recognition. That doesn’t mean the tech doesn’t come with privacy risks. As mass shootings at US schools increase in frequency while our country’s gun control laws remain weaker than those in any other developed nation, more school administrators across the US are turning to artificially intelligent surveillance tools in an attempt to beef up school safety. But systems that allow schools to easily track people on campus have left some worried about the impact on student privacy. Recode has identified at least nine US public school districts — including the district home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida, which in 2018 experienced one of the deadliest school shootings in US history — that have acquired analytic surveillance cameras that come with new, AI-based software, including one tool called Appearance Search. Appearance Search can find people based on their age, gender, clothing, and facial characteristics, and it scans through videos like facial recognition tech — though the company that makes it, Avigilon, says it doesn’t technically count as a full-fledged facial recognition tool. Even so, privacy experts told Recode that, for students, the distinction doesn’t necessarily matter. Appearance Search allows school administrators to review where a person has traveled throughout campus — anywhere there’s a camera — using data the system collects about that person’s clothing, shape, size, and potentially their facial characteristics, among other factors. It also allows security officials to search through camera feeds using certain physical descriptions, like a person’s age, gender, and hair color. So while the tool can’t say who the person is, it can find where else they’ve likely been. For some, this raises big concerns. “People don’t behave the same when they’re being watched,” warns Brenda Leong, the director of AI and ethics at the Future of Privacy Forum. “Do we really want both young students and high schoolers, and anybody else, feeling like they’re operating in that environment all the time?” Adding to privacy concerns surrounding a tool like Appearance Search is the fact that it’s not exclusively being used to address violence in schools. School administrators are already using the system to try to intercept bullying, to deter code of conduct violations, and to assist in investigations of school employees. As Kai Koerber, a recent graduate of MSD, told Recode about the technology: “I don’t think [students] should have to — by going to school — volunteer to accept this kind of new social contract where you’re going to be recorded and traced through your every move. I do think people have the right to be able to walk to the next class without being identified.” Here’s how Appearance Search works Imagine you’re a school safety officer monitoring live video-camera feeds on campus. You see a young person you don’t recognize doing something suspicious in a hallway. From your computer, you click on that person’s body. Based on details about that student, like their gender, age, clothing, hair, and potentially what Avigilon calls facial characteristics, you can use Avigilon’s artificial intelligence to mine through video footage collected from cameras all over the school, looking for all instances where someone who resembles that person appears. (Avigilon also sells an AI-based system that detects unusual motion, which, for instance, could notice a student moving through a normally deserted hallway). Avigilon says Appearance Search isn’t facial recognition. The images aren’t being tied to a particular person’s name or identity, and while the tool can use facial characteristics, it also relies on other aspects of a person’s body to do its job. In an email, a spokesperson says its Appearance Search software “only help[s] measure and rank how similar a pair of images are and [does] not associate the signature with the identity or name of a specific person.” Avigilon’s surveillance tool exists in a gray area: Even privacy experts are conflicted over whether or not it would be accurate to call the system facial recognition. After looking at publicly available content about Avigilon, Leong said it would be fairer to call the system an advanced form of characterization, meaning that the system is making judgments about the attributes of that person, like what they’re wearing or their hair, but it’s not actually claiming to know their identity. Varoon Mathur, a technology fellow who studies machine learning at the AI Now Institute, told Recode he considers Appearance Search to offer “object detection.” And Logan Koepke, of the digital rights nonprofit Upturn, called it “person recognition” because the system seems a bit more abstract, focusing on other aspects of someone’s body and not exclusively their face. But John Davisson, an attorney at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told Recode Avigilon’s Appearance Search tool is “unequivocally facial recognition,” pointing to how the Federal Trade Commission has defined the technology. And Brian Hofer, who has pushed for several California cities’ facial recognition bans, says Appearance Search appears to meet the Berkeley law’s definition of the controversial technology. The point is, it’s not actually clear what, exactly, we should call the tool. Despite not identifying people by name like a standard facial recognition tool does, Leong says, “it does do a very similar thing in being able to access a very particular person across time, location, and the environment, and make conclusions about them in equally concerning ways.” An advertising pamphlet from Avigilon even describes the tool working in this way: One school used Appearance Search to track when a girl entered and exited the bathroom during lunch hours. That allowed a principal to find out she was eating in the bathroom because she was being bullied and then intervene. Mathur adds that Appearance Search could easily be used in conjunction with standard facial recognition tech. In fact, Avigilon is also rolling out a tool it does call facial recognition — Appearance Alerts — that it’s also selling to schools, though the company won’t reveal how many schools are using this product. Avigilon Appearance Search raises concerns of surveillance Avigilon would not share how many schools are using Appearance Search. While Recode identified at least nine public school districts that have acquired or have access to the software, it’s likely many more schools are using the tool. For instance, the New York Civil Liberties Union says that more than a dozen school districts in New York State have purchased Avigilon equipment. While the NYCLU doesn’t know for certain how many have access to or have used the Appearance Search tool, technology strategist Daniel Schwarz said in an email that “given its inclusion into the main [Avigilon Control Center] software it is likely that a high percentage of schools will have the feature at their fingertips.” At the schools that have gotten the tool, we already have a sense of how it can be used. In Fulton County, a school district in Georgia, more than 1,400 cameras work with the Avigilon Appearance Search software, and there are plans to install even more. (School officials there appeared in a promotional video for the company.) In an interview with Recode, Shannon Flounnory, the district’s executive director of safety and security, said Appearance Search has been used to locate children lost in schools, to investigate complaints against staff, and to deter violations of codes of conduct. He says the software has also made the school security staff aware of disciplinary infractions they otherwise would not have known about. The tool has also been acquired by the Billings Public School District in Montana, Wilson County Schools in Tennessee, and, more recently, Broward County Public Schools, which includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Students have mixed feelings about the tech being rolled out in their schools. One current student at MSD told Recode that Avigilon’s tool could be useful. “I feel like this generation consciously knows we’re always being watched. We have our social media, and everything is caught on video nowadays. So I think it just adds an extra layer,” the student said of privacy concerns. Both Safe Havens International, the nonprofit firm that consulted with Broward County following the shooting at MSD, and officials for the school district declined Recode’s request for comment. But former MSD student Koerber, who is now a student of the University of California Berkeley, told Recode that Appearance Search seems invasive. “Yes, it may work in terms of, ‘we can identify people who don’t belong on the campus.’ At the same time, we are invading the privacy of each and every student,” he said. Koerber’s concerns are echoed by student privacy advocates, who say the tool could be used to track and surveil students. “It is surveillance technology, and it is tracking technology, and any school implementing any variation of those is potentially creating more harms and risks than they’re solving,” said Leong. The “opaque nature of how these tools track people’s movement and behavior is alarming,” Schwarz told Recode. He pointed to how the NYCLU has already convinced one New York school district not to use the tool. Avigilon did not respond to a request for comment about potential privacy concerns posed by Appearance Search. The company would also not comment on its comparative accuracy rates across demographic groups for either its appearance search or facial recognition-based appearance alert feature, nor would it say what, if any, image databases its tools might be trained on. Still, school administrators in districts that have used Appearance Search told Recode they hadn’t heard any privacy complaints about the tool. “Right now, we haven’t seen any concerns about how these analytics are utilized. We haven’t gotten concerns from our community about invasions of privacy based upon these analytics,” said Flounnory, arguing that parents are more concerned about keeping their kids safe. Koerber doesn’t agree: “You really have to ask, ‘What are you willing to sacrifice to play a game of what-if,’” he said. “A school shooting could happen at any time and any place. We know that. But do we need to invade the privacy of every person who enrolls in a particular school to prevent that? I don’t think that’s the case.” Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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Even Action Heroes Are Afraid of Dying
This story contains spoilers for Gemini Man and Bad Boys for Life.At the end of his 2019 action blockbuster Gemini Man, Will Smith battles a younger version of himself. Literally: He plays a retired assassin named Henry Brogan who finds out that he’s been cloned, and that sprightly double (created with de-aging technology) is now trying to eliminate his forebear. The film, directed by Ang Lee, was released last October; three months later, Smith returned to cinemas in Bad Boys for Life, a long-awaited new entry in his buddy-cop franchise with Martin Lawrence. And in the climax of that movie, Smith also battles a (less literal) younger version of himself—a son he knew nothing of, who, much like the clone, was raised by villains.The parallel, intentional or not, is too glaring to ignore. Both Gemini Man and Bad Boys for Life deal with aging, with technology and crime-fighting methods evolving beyond tradition, and with the fragility of Smith’s onscreen image. For years, his sheer star power could overwhelm any adversary; starting with Bad Boys in 1995, he was the kind of marquee name who could make a hit out of nearly anything, a streak that continued for many years. But his past decade has been rockier, dotted with flops (After Earth), failed Oscar plays (Concussion and Collateral Beauty), and poorly reviewed franchise films (Suicide Squad and Aladdin). Smith’s celebrity hasn’t really diminished, but now in his early 50s, he’s been struggling to figure out his place in Hollywood.[Read: How Hollywood became obsessed with de-aging its stars]Enter Bad Boys, his one remaining movie brand (Men in Black was spun off without him last year, to little success). Bad Boys for Life comes 17 years after his last go-round as Detective Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys II, and one could be forgiven for thinking fan interest in his high-octane, R-rated antics has waned. Both prior Bad Boys movies were directed by Michael Bay and specialized in gleeful spectacles of violence and profanity, as vice cops Lowrey and Burnett (Martin Lawrence) tore up the streets of Miami in pursuit of drug dealers and gangsters. Bad Boys for Life still has plenty of car chases and shoot-outs, but Bay is no longer the director (he’s succeeded by the Belgian filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah) and the story line is a nakedly emotional one of Lowrey grappling with his age.As the movie begins, Lowrey’s wiseacre partner Burnett is getting ready to retire and looking forward to home life after the birth of a granddaughter. Early on, Lowrey is shot by a mystery assassin and spends months in the hospital recovering; one of the film’s cutest moments is when Burnett carefully applies black hair dye to a comatose Lowrey’s graying beard, knowing his partner isn’t ready to look his age. Once Lowrey is back on his feet, he struggles to adjust to new tech-heavy methods of policing, younger colleagues, and the undeniable truth that he’s lost a step; it’s vulnerable stuff from an action star long known for his energy and athleticism.Both Gemini Man (pictured) and Bad Boys for Life end with Will Smith begging a younger version of himself not to kill him. (Paramount Pictures)Smith reportedly had a strong hand in crafting the film’s story, and the result is something that cleverly blends pathos into all the absurd action, something I wouldn’t have thought possible in a Bad Boys movie. Though Smith’s usual brand of jokey patter was present even in tired fare like Suicide Squad and Aladdin, it felt aimless, a familiar distraction in an overstuffed blockbuster package. In Bad Boys for Life, his chemistry with Lawrence is so genuine, and the nerviness of Lowrey (one of Smith’s most antiheroic characters) makes for real tension as he butts heads with Burnett over his own fear of mortality.Then there’s the final twist: that Lowrey’s mystery assassin is in fact a long-lost son (played by Jacob Scipio) who was raised to hate his father. In their final battle, Lowrey refuses to kill his child, instead appealing to him emotionally and trying to make up for his son’s lost youth. It is, without hyperbole, almost the exact same conclusion as Gemini Man, except in that film, Smith was pleading with his clone. In both cases, the pathos of the climax stems from seeing Smith symbolically grapple with his past; in his performances it’s easy to detect some regret over the persona that made him an action hero for so long, leaving his career muddled as he begins to age out of the genre.Of course, Smith won’t be leaving action movies behind anytime soon. Though he has a dramatic, awards-friendly biopic coming up this year (King Richard, where he will play Venus and Serena Williams’s father), Bad Boys for Life has been such a hit that it’s all but guaranteed a sequel. That was surely part of the plan. The film is also reminiscent of Fast & Furious, that franchise’s fourth entry, which both revived the series as a box-office player and restarted the career of Vin Diesel, who’s a year older than Smith. Though Smith and Lawrence remain the leads, Bad Boys for Life installs an ensemble of new crime fighters around them, including Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig, framing the team as a sort of family unit to root for. Still, Smith’s generational presence as a star, and his willingness to interrogate that, is the film’s most compelling element. It’s a reminder that, even after all these years, we should never take him for granted.
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When Fire Weather Becomes the Norm
I met Claire Yeo, a fire meteorologist at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, more than 10 years ago when I covered the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia’s southeastern mainland state. The February 2009 fires were the most destructive and deadly the country had seen—shocking even to Yeo. At the time, she thought those fires would be a defining—and singular—event in her career. Since then, global temperatures have steadily increased and the continent has become drier, leading Yeo to worry about a Black Saturday redux. Yet what she feared might be coming was nothing compared with the fires that have burned so much of Australia’s east coast over the past two months. The scale of destruction has been unprecedented. Worst of all, Yeo told me, the peak of the fire season in the Southeast is still to come. So it’s not over yet.Climate change has long promised enormous, diffuse effects, although imagining how it will play out in our lives has always been difficult. The fires in Australia are a case study, an auger of what’s coming for everyone, not just of cataclysmic horror but also a grinding low-grade drag on daily life—the burden of having to constantly think about the peculiarities and consequences of the weather.These fires have killed at least 29 people so far. Far more have lost homes and belongings, or experienced trauma that will take a long time to resolve. On New Year’s Eve, fires surrounded the seaside town of Mallacoota, New South Wales, forcing thousands of trapped residents and tourists to take refuge on the beach or out on the water in small boats. They waited for hours as the smoke blotted out the sun and the fire got closer. Emergency-service workers told them that if they heard sirens, everyone must get in the water. Such terrible scenes have played out all over the state as fires have burned out of control.In the bush, the fires have killed millions of animals. Rescue workers have recounted hearing koalas screaming in the trees. So many of the marsupials have died that scientists might classify them as endangered in certain regions of Australia. Ecologists are worried that 100 threatened animal species have been either critically endangered or effectively wiped out, as the fires have engulfed many national parks. Even the beaches are awash with thousands of bird carcasses; in Mallacoota, one local man counted 25 different species along a short stretch of shore.[Read: This is your life on climate change]In Australia’s eastern cities, smoke from the fires sent the air-pollution index off the charts, and people who are normally unaffected by rural events found themselves gasping on city streets. I live in Melbourne, the Victorian capital, and a city relatively far from the fires, and the smoke here was omnipresent and eerie. It obscured city buildings and settled in my local park like a fog.During the Australian Open, held in Melbourne, the Slovenian tennis player Dalila Jakupović fell to the ground coughing and had to abandon her match. Other players have also needed medical relief, prompting climate scientists to call for the Open to move to a cooler season. This is a relatively small consequence given that people and animals are dying. Yet it is an example of the pervasive impact of climate change. Adjusting the global tennis calendar would affect athletes, fans, and tourism operators worldwide.The Australian tourism and airline industries have already lost billions of dollars as overseas visitors cancelled trips and pilots of commuter flights found they could not land because conditions were too dangerous. I flew into Sydney on one of the bad days, and the smell of smoke inside the plane, still hundreds of kilometers in the air, was so intense that the pilot made an announcement reassuring travelers that it came from the bushfires, not the aircraft.Because of the fires, we in Australia have become more attuned to the weather—specifically, fire weather, the extremely high temperatures and hot, dry winds that can bring a disaster. Yeo told me that 10 years ago, no one but meteorologists knew much about pyrocumulus clouds, the apocalyptic-looking clouds that occur when an enormous fire generates its own convection column. Now journalists ask her questions about them, and people mention them on social media.[Read: How long will Australia be livable?]Yeo told me she had nightmares for a long time after the Black Saturday fires, and not many people really understand the pressures of trying to predict this type of weather in real time, as the bush is burning. Her work has the potential to save towns and moms and children and koalas and endangered species and entire ecosystems.Yeo and her colleagues knew this fire season had the potential to be disastrous: Drought affected a huge area of the east coast, and dry lightning was pervasive. Her data showed it, but she told me that it’s human nature to hope a calamity like these megafires won’t happen. Now there’s no denying these weather extremes will only continue; we’ve crossed a line from talking about climate change to living in it.Last night in Melbourne, the sky was unrecognizably red and heavy, and this morning when I walked out the door, brown dust from hundreds of miles away covered the steps and the cars and the road.
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theatlantic.com
Bellator 238 live and official results (7:30 p.m. ET)
Bellator 238 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.        Related StoriesBellator 238 discussion threadVideo: Julia Budd, Cris Cyborg up the intensity during final Bellator 238 faceoff'Pretty little boy face' Sergio Pettis likes being called out in Bellator: 'It's cool being a target' 
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Saturday Stunner: Three of the top six women's seeds out at Australian Open
Saturday proved to be a day of shock exits from the Australian Open in the women's draw, with three of the top six seeds eliminated from the competition.
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Bellator 238 discussion thread
Bellator 238 takes place Saturday in California, and you can discuss the event here.        Related StoriesVideo: Julia Budd, Cris Cyborg up the intensity during final Bellator 238 faceoffBellator 238 ceremonial weigh-in highlights, photo gallery: Final faceoffs for Bellator's 2020 debutJuan Archuleta promises 'badass' fight with Henry Corrales at Bellator 238 
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Senate impeachment trial: Trump's defense team takes center stage
• The most important takeaway of the trial • ANALYSIS: Think Trump's acting like a dictator now? What if he's reelected? • Trump's dismantling of environmental regulations unwinds 50 years of protections • Trump joins anti-abortion rally, in historic first
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Senate impeachment trial: Trump's defense team takes center stage
Now the tables will turn in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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Father and son, 4, shot in the head while play-wrestling - by father's concealed gun
A 4-year-old boy and his father both were shot in the head after the man's concealed weapon accidentally discharged while the two were play-wrestling, police said.
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French charity says four aid workers missing in Iraq
Four aid workers from a French Christian charity have gone missing in Iraq and an investigation is underway to locate them, the organization said.
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What to expect from Trump's defense team's first day
As President Trump's lawyers prep their defense to begin Saturday morning, Bloomberg News Chief Washington Correspondent Kevin Cirilli joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what to expect from the impeachment trial.
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cbsnews.com
Trump's lawyers to begin impeachment trial counterarguments
It’s President Trump's turn in his impeachment trial - after listening to the Democrats' case over three days about why Mr. Trump should be removed from office, his legal team will get their first chance on Saturday. Weijia Jiang is at the White House to preview what the president’s lawyers might say.
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cbsnews.com
Poll: Sanders leads field in Iowa
The New York Times Upshot/Siena College survey shows one-in-four likely Democratic caucus-goers pick Sanders as their first choice in next month’s caucuses.
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politico.com
China's President Xi holds politburo meeting on curbing virus outbreak
Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying the country is facing a grave situation, held a politburo meeting on measures to fight a coronavirus outbreak concentrated in the central city of Wuhan, state television reported on Saturday.
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reuters.com
Eye Opener: Democrats finish opening impeachment trial arguments
As the Democrats finish opening arguments in the impeachment trial, the president's team prepares to start their case in just a few hours – but a secret recording of the president may complicate their plans. Also, the death toll nearly doubles in China’s coronavirus outbreak with a new case confirmed here in the U.S.. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Impeachment live updates: Trump's lawyers to speak
House impeachment managers gave three days of opening arguments earlier this week.
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9 highlights from the impeachment trial this week
House impeachment managers Reps. Adam Schiff (left) and Jerrold Nadler are seen in the Capitol before the continuation of the impeachment trial of President Trump on January 23, 2020. | Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images House Democrats spent more than 20 hours making their case. This week, House Democrats, across three days and more than 20 hours, presented their opening arguments for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Last year, the House charged Trump with two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Exhaustive, direct, and at times emotional, Democrats’ case established the timeline for Trump’s actions when it came to conditioning military aid for Ukraine on political favors the president demanded. Over and over they emphasized: The president put his own interests above the country’s, and it’s entirely possible he’ll do it again. “You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, said when making the explicit case for Trump’s removal. “He’ll do it for the next several months. He’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to.” Democrats also devoted significant time to preempting potential arguments from Trump’s defense, including debunking claims about former Vice President Joe Biden and Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company whose board Biden’s son Hunter sat on. “Vice President Biden’s conduct was uniformly validated by the witnesses in the House investigation who confirmed his conduct was consistent with US policy,” impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia said. The days, which began at 1 pm Eastern, as dictated by long-standing Senate rules, were long. And senators were put in a unique position: While serving as jurors inside the chamber, they were barred from talking, using cellphones, or drinking anything besides milk or water. The trial has forced the upper chamber out of its standard routine and into a new one, introducing some Republican senators to facts about the impeachment inquiry for the first time. Democrats aimed to connect with these lawmakers by making a two-part plea: Using more than 50 video clips, text screengrabs, and documents, they systematically laid out the evidence in the case. At the same time, they also made an emotional appeal to Republicans’ moral responsibility. “If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed,” Schiff said. “Because right matters and the truth matters.” In the near term, Democrats are hoping to sway at least four Senate Republicans to vote in favor of more witnesses and evidence next week. Longer term, they’re trying to shape public opinion, with an election looming later this year. Here are the nine most important moments that capture this week’s historic, and often surreal, events. Next up, we’ll hear from Trump’s defense team. Democrats staged a marathon vote on amendments until 2 am Wednesday Tuesday went much later than most Senate sessions, blowing past both Chuck Grassley’s 9 pm bedtime and that of pretty much everyone else present. Much of the day was spent in a fiery debate over the rules of the trial. To kick things off, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a resolution outlining the rules on Monday — and the proposal was met with strong opposition from Democrats, because it postponed a vote on witnesses and additional evidence until later in the trial. “The McConnell rules seem to be designed by President Trump, for President Trump,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the time. Senate Democrats, led by Schumer, sought to change the measure, and introduced 11 amendments to do so. These covered a range of subjects and forced the Senate to vote on subpoenaing documents from government agencies and subpoenaing witnesses including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. All 11 amendments were shot down by Republicans, who remained almost completely united throughout these votes. As a result, the Senate will again debate the question of whether more testimony and documents will be considered as part of the trial, next week. By forcing vote after vote, however, Democrats were able to make their point: that they see this trial as skewed in favor of Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts admonishes Democrats and Republicans As Vox’s Sean Collins reported, one of the tensest moments during the trial took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when Rep. Jerry Nadler accused Senate Republicans of being complicit in a “cover-up” of Trump’s actions. “Will you choose to be complicit in the president’s cover-up?” Nadler asked. “So far, I’m sad to say I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses — an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote.” White House counsel Pat Cipollone shot back in a dramatic fashion, arguing that Nadler needed to apologize to the president for his comments. “You don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve, what just happened,” Cipollone told senators, slamming the House case as “false.” Following this back-and-forth, Chief Justice John Roberts, in one of his most notable moments in the trial thus far, wound up admonishing both of them, cautioning them to remember that they were speaking to the world’s “greatest deliberative body.” “Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,” Roberts said. Later in the week, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Politico that she had passed Roberts a note expressing her discomfort with Nadler’s rhetoric, shortly before the justice made his remarks. The Senate has had a longstanding fixation on decorum, and lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have previously been disciplined for allegedly “impugning” another senator. Democrats provided a detailed timeline for Trump’s actions The first day of House Democrats’ opening arguments were heavily focused on laying out the exact timeline of the charges that Trump faced. The impeachment managers provided a month-by-month chronology of all the meetings, calls, and emails that led to a hold on military aid to Ukraine, and the recurring demands for political investigations into Joe Biden and alleged 2016 election interference. Because of the linear and comprehensive presentation, Democrats drew an incredibly effective and easy-to-follow through line with the evidence they have. “If we don’t stand up to this peril today, we will write the history of our decline with our own hand,” Schiff said. Democrats also repeatedly called out the ways that additional evidence and witnesses could further bolster the case. Mulvaney was central to inquiries about putting a hold on the military aid to Ukraine, for example, and his testimony would likely shed more light on them. Schiff asked Republicans to risk their careers Schiff, in a pointed moment on Wednesday night, called out the political realities that surround this trial. For Republicans, a vote against Trump either on procedure or on the final conviction could mean they lose support from the GOP base in elections down the line, given how much Republican voters still back Trump. According to a Gallup poll, 88 percent of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing as president. And while roughly a third of Republicans think it’s likely he may have done something illegal, a Pew poll finds that 86 percent do not want to see him removed. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, a vulnerable Republican who initially broke with Trump in his support of the national emergency to fund the border wall, is among the lawmakers to experience the backlash of bucking the president firsthand. While Tillis ultimately reversed his position, he dealt with the threat of a potential primary challenger after announcing his original opposition. Schiff confronted this dynamic head-on this week, calling for Republicans to have the “courage” to make the decision that they think is right, even if it endangers their seat. “They risked everything, their careers,” Schiff said, when describing the testimony of officials like former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. “And yes, I know what you’re asked to decide may risk yours too. If they can show the courage, so can we.” In a later statement on Friday, Schiff more explicitly spelled out the pressure Senators could be facing from Trump himself, citing a CBS News report, which featured a source noting that lawmakers had been warned they’d find their “head ... on a pike” if they defied the President. Multiple Republicans rejected this claim and were riled up by this framing as the Democrats’ arguments wrapped. It’s evident, though, that Trump has a strong hold on the GOP — and has been known to threaten those who go against him in the past. Jerry Nadler dismantled a central plank of Trump’s defense — using Trump defenders Lindsey Graham’s and Alan Dershowitz’s own words House Democrats spent much of their second day preemptively combating anticipated arguments from Trump’s defense, including the claim that the articles of impeachment don’t meet the threshold that’s needed to remove him from office. So far, Trump’s counsel has argued that his actions do not constitute a crime or a violation of the law, and as such are not an impeachable offense. This reasoning is flawed for a variety of reasons, as Vox’s Ian Millhiser has explained, and it appears both Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump counsel Alan Dershowitz once agreed. In fact, impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler cited both when he argued that abuse of power is an impeachable offense, a position that many constitutional scholars have reaffirmed. Graham said much the same when he was an impeachment manager during President Bill Clinton’s trial in 1999: “It doesn’t even have to be a crime. It’s just when you start using your office and you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime.” Sylvia Garcia debunked the Joe Biden and Burisma conspiracy theory Because Republicans haven’t been able to engage in the substance of the charges that have been brought against Trump, they’ve repeatedly aimed to redirect the focus to former Vice President Joe Biden, who pressed for the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin when he was in office. A debunked Republican conspiracy theory has suggested that part of the reason Biden did this was to protect his son Hunter Biden, who was sitting on the board of a natural gas company called Burisma, from further scrutiny. There is no evidence to suggest this is the case, a point that House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia emphasized. “Every witness with knowledge of this issue testified that Vice President Biden was carrying out official US policy,” she said. Some Republicans argued that Democrats’ focus on Biden was a mistake, because it opened the door to criticism of the candidate. Democrats, meanwhile, likely took this tack because Republicans were going to go after him anyway. Adam Schiff answered the big question: Why Trump should be removed One of the most stunning moments of the trial took place on Thursday evening, when Schiff confronted the central question of these proceedings: Should Trump be removed from office? His arguments were directly aimed at Republicans, who will need to weigh whether they think the president should not only be convicted of the actions he’s charged with, but removed from his post as a result. Schiff plainly laid out the biggest reason for convicting Trump: to ensure that he doesn’t do all of this again. “No one is really making the argument, ‘Donald Trump would never do such a thing,’ because of course we know that he would, and of course we know that he did,” Schiff said. “We all know what we’re dealing here with this president.” He emphasized that Trump could continue to do a lot of damage by prioritizing his personal interests over those of the country, even in the limited time between now and the November election. “He’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to,” Schiff said. “This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed.” Democrats emphasize the importance of acknowledging obstruction of Congress Friday’s arguments were dedicated heavily to breaking down the case of the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress. House Democrats emphasized that the president’s decisions to defy subpoenas for documents, and direct other administration officials to do the same in response to subpoenas for witness testimony, demonstrated Trump’s fixation on simply doing whatever he wants, with little sense of accountability. By setting a precedent for this type of behavior, Trump was establishing a much more expansive sense of what the president is capable of doing, the managers argue, depriving Congress of its ability to check the executive. “Only his will goes,” Nadler said. “He is a dictator. This must not stand and that is another reason he must be removed from office.” As Schiff noted, if a president was fully empowered to obstruct Congress, an impeachment inquiry couldn’t even really take place. “If there is no article two there, let me tell you something, there will be no article one,” he said. Schiff fact-checks Republicans before they even present Because of the timing of the impeachment trial, Trump’s defense counsel will now have three days to offer their arguments for the case, and the prosecution will not have the ability to directly respond. In anticipation of this set-up, Schiff predicted arguments Republicans were likely to make about what they’ve described as a rigged process, and rebutted them point by point. If they say the process was unfair, because of “secret” depositions in the basement of the Senate that didn’t allow Republicans to participate: “Every Democrat, every Republican on three committees could participate ...you know how we did it in those super secret depositions, you can look this up yourself because we released the transcripts. We got an hour, they got an hour. We got 45 minutes, they got 45 minutes.” If they attack the impeachment managers: “You can expect attacks on all kinds of members of the House that have noting to do with the issues before you. When you hear those attacks, you should ask yourself — away from what do they want to distract my attention. Because nine times out of ten it will be the president’s misconduct.” If they say calling witnesses will make the trial too long: “Is it too much fatigue to call witnesses and have a fair trial? Are the blessings of freedom so meager that we will not endure the fatigue of a fair trial?” Schiff said that the Republican arguments were serving as a diversion: “When they say the process was unfair, what they really mean is don’t look at what the president did. For God’s sake, don’t look at what the president did.”
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