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Rare Hong Kong train derailment injures at least 8 amid protests

At least eight people were hurt in a derailment of a train owned by a Hong Kong company targeted by pro-democracy protesters earlier this month, according to reports.
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Lori Harvey pleads not guilty in hit-and-run case
Lori Harvey pleaded not guilty in her alleged hit-and-run case.
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Walking sharks found near Australia
Scientists have discovered four new species of walking sharks near northern Australia and New Guinea.
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Sharon Osbourne thanks fans for 'outpouring of love' after Ozzy Osbourne reveals Parkinson's diagnosis
Sharon Osbourne is thanking fans and friends for their support during an emotional time for her family.
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Watch Prince Charles' exclusive CNN interview
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne and lifelong environmentalist, challenged the global business and finance elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to lead a "paradigm shift, one that inspires action at revolutionary levels and pace" to avert the approaching catastrophe.
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Motorola Razr will hit stores in North America on February 6
The highly anticipated Razr reboot has a new release date in North America: February 6.
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Video captures moment NJ Transit train crashes into tractor-trailer
Wild cellphone video captured the moment that a NJ Transit train slammed into a tractor-trailer, splitting it in half at a railroad crossing in Rockland County. The crash happened at around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the village of Sloatsburg at Route 17 and Washington Avenue. Footage of the collision, captured by witness Chris Schucht of...
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What a stripper pole controversy says about the Buttigieg campaign
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg makes a campaign stop in a school gymnasium on January 16, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Some LGBTQ voters wonder if he really represents them. Chasten Buttigieg, husband of presidential hopeful and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, was slated to host a fundraiser at an LGBTQ nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island, last week. But the campaign moved the event, scheduled for Friday night, due to concerns over a “dancing pole” at the club, according to the venue’s manager. Campaign staff first asked workers at the club, called the Dark Lady, to remove the pole, but they refused, manager Buck Asprinio told WPRI. “It’s been here since we opened and it’s not going anywhere,” Asprinio said. “The dancer pole is part of who we are.” Ultimately, the campaign directed would-be attendees to another event hosted by Chasten at a nearby hotel, leading to criticism from the Dark Lady’s staff. “We guess this is what the gay candidate does to the gay community!” staff posted on the club’s Facebook page after the event was moved. “We’re open, we’re here, we’re queer, get over it!” The Buttigieg campaign has confirmed the event was relocated but has not commentedspecifically on the reason. “Pete and Chasten know first-hand how important it is for members of the LGBTQ+ community to have a safe space to gather and our campaign would never do anything to intentionally disrespect such a space,” the campaign said in a statement to Vox. But the controversy highlighted a challenge Buttigieg has faced as the first openly gay man to launch a major campaign for president: how to show solidarity with LGBTQ voters while also courting Americans who express skepticism about a gay president. Buttigieg has told his coming-out story often on the campaign trail, and he’s released an ambitious LGBTQ rights plan that includes policies to address violence against trans women of color and a national mentorship program for LGBTQ young people. But the former mayor has also been criticized for a perceived slowness to sign on to LGBTQ events or address issues affecting LGBTQ people of color — and some wonder whether a Harvard-educated, white, cisgender man will fight for the interests of people in the LGBTQ community who are none of those things. Meanwhile, in an October poll, more than a third of voters said they were either definitely or probably not ready for a gay commander in chief. And Buttigieg continues to face the same kinds of questions about “electability” that have dogged female candidates. “Every time a barrier is broken by some community that has never achieved X, the skepticism is there,” Annise Parker, a former mayor of Houston and president of the Victory Fund, a nonpartisan political action committee devoted to electing LGBTQ leaders, told Vox. “The only way to overcome the skepticism is to win.” Whether Buttigieg is able to get the nomination or not, many of his supporters see in him an ability to reach out to Americans on the center and even the right who may not be well-educated on LGBTQ rights. But for others, the question is whether he’d use that ability to lift up the interests of those less privileged than him — or whether he’d leave them behind. The Buttigieg campaign has inspired concern among some LGBTQ voters Buttigieg has won support from some LGBTQ groups and leaders, including the Victory Fund, which endorsed him in June. “He is the definition of our mission statement,” Parker said. But he’s also long faced questions over whether, as president, he would really represent all LGBTQ voters. His campaign was late to RSVP to the LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September, BuzzFeed News reported, leading some to ask whether he would prioritize LGBTQ rights in his campaign. “I thought he’d be the first on the list,” Iowa LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Medina told BuzzFeed. “That infuriates me. You don’t want to come to something that’s part of your community?” Meanwhile, some have wondered whether Buttigieg has tailored his public image to appeal to straight voters, especially those who feel threatened by the idea of a gay candidate. In December, BuzzFeed’s Shannon Keating wrote of “the way Buttigieg’s campaign has packaged the world’s most straight-palatable gay narrative: He is a practicing Christian who, according to an op-ed he wrote in 2015 for the South Bend Tribune, believes being gay is no more significant an identity marker than ‘having brown hair,’ and who is safely and monogamously partnered with the first guy he ever dated (whom, he’d like you to know, he met on Hinge — not Grindr).” Ultimately, for Keating and others, the question is how much having a gay president would matter if he didn’t challenge the biases that still leave many LGBTQ people marginalized. His candidacy is “a significant representational milestone for LGBTQ equality,” Keating writes, “but one that, behind the symbolism, offers more of the same limited promises hawked by the marriage equality and visibility movements: that one white guy’s win will be a win for us all.” The Dark Lady controversy revives the worry that Buttigieg is trying to be palatable to straight voters The controversy over Chasten Buttigieg’s canceled appearance at the Dark Lady played into concerns that the Buttigieg campaign was trying to portray the candidate as the kind of gay man who could win over homophobes: someone wholesome and monogamous whose husband would never be photographed near a stripper pole. For Parker, canceling Chasten’s appearance was the wrong move, because it fed criticism of Buttigieg as “not gay enough, whatever that means.” But she pushed back against such criticisms. “There is no such thing as a gay candidate or a lesbian candidate or a way you’re supposed to be,” she said. “They’re all individuals, and they’re running to represent their community.” She also argued that in appearances before small groups and large audiences alike, Buttigieg “is so matter-of-fact about who he is, about the fact that he’s married to a man, it becomes subversive in his own way.” For voters, an openly gay major candidate is, if not always subversive, then certainly new — while Fred Karger, who is gay, ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, his candidacy was not nearly as high-profile as Buttigieg’s and he did not appear in debates. And there are indications that homophobia remains a significant force in the American electorate, with 37 percent of voters saying in an October Politico/Morning Consult poll that they weren’t sure they were ready for an openly gay president (50 percent said they were ready). In the same poll, 45 percent of voters said the country was not ready for a gay president, while 40 percent said it was. Some voters have expressed an attitude familiar to many women who have run for office — that while they personally have no problem voting for a gay candidate, their neighbors might. “I feel bad, because it doesn’t bother me,” one Iowa voter told Politico’s Michael Kruse in November, “but I’m sure there’s people—about Pete’s sexuality—that it’ll affect their vote.” “Are we really ready for a gay president?” another asked. “Like, were we ready for a woman? I thought we were, but clearly we weren’t, you know?” Supporters say Buttigieg isn’t trying to be palatable to anyone — he’s just being himself Buttigieg’s supporters acknowledge the existence of these attitudes. “People say, ‘I have no problem with Pete, but so many other people will,’” Parker said. But the only way to test that, she said, is to “go out and win the race.” And while critics may see Buttigieg as trying to assuage straight people’s concerns about a gay candidate — and, perhaps, becoming a kind of straight person’s gay candidate in the process — others see something more complex. Buttigieg has used “his own personal life experience as a white gay man who carries with him a lot of privilege but also who knows the sting of stigma” as a way “to make space for all of us, not only politically but socially as well,” David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, which works to empower black LGBTQ people, told Vox. For Johns, who consulted on Buttigieg’s LGBTQ rights plan as well as those of other candidates, the former mayor’s campaign still has some work to do. It has done a good job of addressing the murders of black trans women, as well as the disproportionate impacts of HIV criminalization laws on black Americans, he said. But Buttigieg’s team continues “to do a number of events in safe white spaces and safe white gay spaces.” “They need to not only talk about the issues affecting black LGBTQ people, black trans women in particular, but to show up in partnership and relationship to them,” Johns said. However, to the question of whether Buttigieg is “attempting to be anything other than he is,” he said, “the answer for me is no.” The Buttigieg campaign, he noted, was one of just two presidential campaigns to show up last week at Creating Change, the top LGBTQ conference in the country (the other was Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign). At the conference, Johns said, an attendee said that “they’re ready for someone to write the story about Buttigieg being the gay JFK.” Indeed, for many who are impressed with Buttigieg’s candidacy, he has a JFK-like quality, a personal charisma they believe can win over voters across demographic and ideological lines. At the church in Houston she attends with her mother on Sundays, Parker said, “I don’t know a single other LGBT person.” But fellow congregants keep coming up to her to talk about Buttigieg. “These little blue-haired ladies in the church who are impressed with his demeanor and his vision,” Parker said, “they’re talking to me because they clearly know that he’s gay, but that’s not the most interesting thing about him to them.” Whatever happens with the nomination, it’s undeniable that Buttigieg has been able to use his skill as a communicator — and, some would say, his privilege — to build coalitions with straight voters who might not think a lot about issues affecting LGBTQ Americans. The question for some LGBTQ voters may be whether those coalitions also have space for them.
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Supreme Court pushes forward Flint water crisis victims' case, says city officials not immune to prosecution
The Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for a case filed by victims of the Flint, Mich., water crisis to advance, rejecting an appeal from city officials who argued they were protected under "qualified immunity” from being sued after at least 12 died and many more were sickened when the city switched its water supply in 2014.   
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Sanders, Biden battle for lead in new national polls
Two new national surveys released Wednesday point to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination turning into a two-candidate battle between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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Trump campaign manager says Bernie Sanders is "on a rise"
Parscale also commented on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, saying it "excites" his base.
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Meghan Markle's estranged father thinks she, Prince Harry 'owe' him after 'trashy things' said about him
Meghan Markle’s estranged father, Thomas, believes that the Duchess of Sussex and the royal family owe him. 
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Baby’s Intense Love at First Taste of Ice Cream Is Nothing if Not Relatable
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New TikTok challenge has people eating cereal out of each other’s mouths
WARNING: Videos contain graphic language. Well, there goes our cravings for breakfast. A disgusting and dangerous new challenge is reportedly sweeping some corners of TikTok and it involves users eating cereal out of other people’s mouths as part of a so-called #CerealChallenge. In recent days, several social media personalities have taken to the video-sharing platform...
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Conway: Trump is virtually incapable of telling the truth
George Conway told CNN's Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump is a "pathological liar" and is incapable of telling the truth, even when it benefits him.
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S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record on IBM, waning China virus fears
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq scaled new highs on Wednesday, as an upbeat forecast from IBM added to optimism over earnings, while China's efforts to contain a virus outbreak eased worries about a wider financial fallout.
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Frozen iguanas to start falling from trees in Florida
Don’t look up, Florida. The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning citizens of South Florida to take cover as they forecast showers of frozen iguanas on Wednesday amid unusually low temperatures in the 30s and 40s around the region. Apparently, iguanas are known to literally freeze in-state as temperatures reach around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. When...
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Spirit Airlines passenger claims man sitting next to her 'slide his hand' down her pants, 'pleasured' himself
Michigan woman Tia Jackson, 22, was flying into Detroit on a 7 a.m. flight Jan. 21. when the incident occurred.
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California police warn public not to ‘attack’ sexual predator with full face tattoo named Pirate
Pirate, born Daniel Selovich, has a lengthy rap sheet that includes rape and assault across several states.
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Influencer defends faking broken ankle for flight upgrade
He's putting his best foot forward.
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As coronavirus spreads, doctor says "be proactive" but don't panic
The World Health Organization has called a meeting Wednesday to decide whether China's coronavirus is a global health emergency.
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Australians warned of possible deadly spider "bonanza"
Experts say weather conditions in bushfire-battered eastern Australia could bring "super dangerous" funnel-webs out in droves.
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Tesla finally wins the right to sell cars in Michigan
Tesla is finally coming to Michigan, the home of the US auto industry.
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Trump's flawed 'Jekyll and Hyde' impeachment defense
Shanlon Wu writes that the Trump legal team's defense is struggling to balance expertise with the name-calling tactics Trump deploys regularly.
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U.N. experts back suggestion Saudi prince helped hack Bezos
The experts drew their conclusions based on a technical report from digital forensics analysts.
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The nine best picture Oscar nominees need to woo voters. Here's how they should do it
The best picture Oscar race is almost over. How might the nominated movies sell themselves to academy voters?
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Trump says he will add 'a couple' countries to his controversial travel ban
"We are adding a couple of countries to it," Trump told reporters at the end of an international economic conference in Davos, Switzerland.       
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20 salon-quality styling tools to upgrade your look
Despite what shampoo ads tell you, getting sleek, bouncy, salon-quality hair isn’t as simple as jumping in the shower and using their product. It’s an elaborate process that begins with blowdrying and continues with curling, straightening, or some combination of both. Regardless, what really makes or breaks a routine are your tools. Lucky for you,...
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George Conway: Deeply saddened by the Republican Party
Attorney George Conway tells CNN's Jake Tapper he is "deeply saddened" and distressed by the actions of the GOP in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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Why Astros stars Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman did not apologize for cheating scandal
The Astros players who benefitted from the team’s cheating operation did not sound very sorry this past weekend. Owner Jim Crane says that will come eventually. Jose Altuve tried looking ahead to the future, while Alex Bregman hid behind the commissioner’s report when asked about the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport at an Astros...
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Pro Bowl will feature changes to onside kick, pre-snap penalties
The NFL announced Tuesday it will be testing two new rule changes at the Pro Bowl over the weekend, involving changes to the onside-kick attempt and pre-snap penalties.
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Meghan Markle accused of competing with Kate Middleton on Instagram
Meghan Markle may be fighting back against her royal rivals -- on Instagram.
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As Florida weather closes Disney water park and others, social media users gripe about cold
Theme park guests and watchers have been quick to point out the Orlando, Florida, chills on social media.       
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Joe Namath cautions Tom Brady on joining new team after championship successes
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath warned Tom Brady in an interview Tuesday to not make the same mistake he did when he left the New York Jets to play for the Los Angeles Rams in 1977.
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Fairway to stay: Beloved New York food market denies report that it plans to liquidate
New York grocery chain Fairway Market on Wednesday denied a report that it plans to liquidate.      
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When it comes to hiring, millennials are killing it
Hiring managers focus most on millennials, followed by Gen Z, with baby boomers trailing. They're most intent on retaining Gen X.      
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Teen told no graduation because of deadlocks
Controversy erupted at a school board meeting on MLK Day.
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Pompeo says he will testify in Trump impeachment trial if required
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he would be ready to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial if legally obliged to, as political squabbles over the process intensified in Washington.
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Cops search for mystery thief living in grocery store ceiling
After several reports of possible break-ins and employees claiming to hear footsteps, police believe that a man has spent several weeks hiding up in the ceiling.
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Death toll from Chinese coronavirus outbreak nearly doubles
The death toll from China’s deadly mystery virus has nearly doubled in less than 24 hours — with the number of fatalities climbing to 17 on Wednesday, according to reports. The Chinese province of Hubei has confirmed 17 deaths and more than 444 total cases of the coronavirus, which emerged in the capital of Wuhan,...
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Video shows sick random attack on 70-year-old woman in Brooklyn
Disturbing video released by police Wednesday shows the moment a man randomly attacks a 70-year-old stranger in Brooklyn. The incident took place on Thursday in front of 148 Parkside Avenue in in Prospect Park South around 5:15 p.m. when the man randomly slugged the victim in the back of the head –– causing her to...
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Arizona mother of 2 vacationing in Belize vanishes from small island, is 'feared no longer alive,' family says
An American mother of two vacationing in Belize disappeared over the weekend while she and her boyfriend camped on an island less than an acre in size, officials said Wednesday. 
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Fairway Market says it’s in talks to keep some stores operating
Fairway Market denied on Wednesday that it is preparing to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, saying it’s in talks to save at least some stores. “Fairway has been engaged in a strategic process and expects to soon announce a value maximizing transaction that will provide for the ongoing operations of stores,” a company spokeswoman...
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Utah bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children
The Mormon church teaches that homosexual relationships are a sin.
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Trump: Chinese coronavirus 'totally under control'
The CDC anticipates more cases in the U.S., but officials believe the risk to the American public at large is low.
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Pam Keith's tweet about Kellyanne Conway's appearance slammed as 'vulgar, unprofessional'
Pam Keith attempted to shame White House counselor Kellyanne Conway Monday in a widely mocked tweet that focused on the physical appearance of both women.
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Trump minimizes concussion-like injuries in Iraq attack as merely 'headaches'
President Donald Trump brushed aside the concussion-like injuries of U.S. service members as not "very serious," though VA and DOD consider them to be serious.
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Trump dismisses injuries of US military troops, proves (again) there is no bottom
Before leaving the internal gathering at Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a hastily scheduled press conference. In it, he was asked about the clear discrepancy between his initial claim that no Americans had been harmed in Iran's retaliatory strikes against a US base in Iraq and reports of 11 military personnel diagnosed with concussions and an unnamed number of others also being treated in the wake of the attack.
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Kim Kardashian now claims Jay Leno inspired North West’s name
She took the idea more seriously after appearing on "The Tonight Show" in 2013.
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