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Yelp expanding alerts for restaurants with low health scores
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Mike Bloomberg first 2020 Dem to campaign in all 14 Super Tuesday states
With stops in Vermont and Maine, Michael Bloomberg on Monday became this election cycle's first presidential hopeful to visit all 14 Super Tuesday states, as he focuses his campaign on post-early state contests.
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ESPN will show Kobe Bryant's last Lakers game tonight
In a performance that was as fitting as it was epic, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.       
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'Bombshell's' Charlize Theron: Why care about the women of Fox? To stop harassment
Charlize Theron on Fox News, why she doesn't do Method acting, and "the biggest misogynist" who casts a shadow over "Bombshell."
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Kobe Bryant's studio makes Oscar-winning short 'Dear Basketball' available for free
You can now watch Kobe Bryant's Oscar-winning short "Dear Basketball," which his studio made available in its entirety Monday.
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California man arrested in decades-old killings of his 5 infants
A California father suspected in the decades-old killings of five of his infants has been arrested, authorities said Monday.
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Can face masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus?
The swift spread of the deadly coronavirus is creating a shortage of clinical face masks — bought with the hope that the paper-thin respiratory shield will be enough to prevent transmission of the flu-like infection. The virus, which originated in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, has already killed 82 people and infected...
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Max Rose vows to hunt down deer himself if de Blasio doesn’t act
One shot, Bill. One shot. Staten Island Rep. Max Rose did his best impression of Robert De Niro in “The Deer Hunter” Monday, telling a local newspaper that if Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t get more proactive about curbing the antler population in his district he’s going to grab his rifle and take care of...
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Day 6: Impeachment trial scenes the Senate TV cameras won't let you see
President Donald Trump's legal team continued its defense Monday against the impeachment charges as the Senate trial was roiled by news of former national security adviser John Bolton's draft book manuscript. But views of the Senate chamber are still limited by restrictive TV camera rules.
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Ocasio-Cortez, Swalwell and Other Democrats Rail Against 'Public Charge' Decision: It's 'Racist,' 'Discriminatory,' 'Anti-Poor People'
"The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge," tweeted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, "It's the possibility of remaking your future."
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The Angle: Even Grammy Winners Hate the Grammys Now
So what’s the point?
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John Bolton Revelations Test Trump Impeachment Defense Strategy
Donald Trump’s impeachment team began their second day of arguments less than 24 hours after revelations from John Bolton threatened to undermine key aspects of their defense. But Trump’s lawyers decided to plow ahead on Monday, ignoring the Bolton news and keeping with the planned defense they had outlined over the weekend. “We deal with…
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Grammy ratings decline but still score relative to other entertainment shows
Grammy ratings mirrored the Golden Globes from earlier this month, posting generally strong numbers while experiencing declines compared to last year.
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Newest GOP senator accuses Romney of trying to ‘appease the left’ in favoring witnesses in Trump impeachment trial
The rare intraparty feud was striking as Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and her husband donated $1.5 million to Romney’s failed presidential bid.
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In ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ a searing indictment of the Taliban’s treatment of women
Arena Stage brings to Washington a powerful play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel.
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Trump impeachment trial live updates: President's defense team attacks Bidens
New questions about President Trump's Senate trial after former aide John Bolton reportedly claims that the president told him he tied Ukraine aid to a Bidens probe.
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Anti-Defamation League condemns Rashida Tlaib for 'blood libel' retweet falsely accusing Israelis of killing Palestinian boy
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for sharing "blood libel" on social media that wrongfully claimed that Israelis were responsible for the death of a young Palestinian boy. 
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Supreme Court paves way for Trump admin. to enforce ‘public charge’ rule
A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Trump administration can make it harder for public benefits recipients to obtain visas and green cards. The 5-4 vote overturned a nationwide freeze put in place by lower courts, which blocked enforcement of changes to the “public charge” rule. The policy expands the number of programs...
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Bolton bombshell sets off a whodunit frenzy
News of the former national security adviser's manuscript has everyone blaming everyone else for leaking.
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También Gustavo Dudamel y Los Ángeles Phil ganan un Grammy por Andrew Norman's Sustain
El director de orquesta Gustavo Dudamel gana su segundo Grammy, esta vez para el estreno mundial de música que nos lleva a considerar nuestra relación con la Tierra.
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Ford v Ferrari feels like a classic Oscar movie. Can it win Best Picture?
Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari. | 20th Century Fox Our roundtable discusses the Oscar chances for the historical tale of men, fast cars, and mortality. Every year, between five and 10 movies compete for the Oscars’ Best Picture trophy. It’s the most prestigious award that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gives out every year, announced right at the end of the ceremony. And there aren’t any set rules about what constitutes a “best” picture. It’s the movie — for better or worse, depending on the year — that Hollywood designates as its standard-bearer for the current moment. And so, the film that wins Best Picture essentially represents the American movie industry’s view of its accomplishments in the present and its aspirations for the future. Each year’s nomination slate roughly approximates the movies the industry thinks showcase its greatest achievements from the past 12 months. And one thing that’s definitely true about the nine Best Picture nominees from 2019 is that, in tone and theme, they’re all over the place. The most-nominated film overall is also one of the year’s most successful commercially, and one of its most controversial. A beloved social thriller from Korea has reached the milestone of becoming that country’s first Best Picture and Best International Feature nominee. There are three historical dramas: one set during World War I, one that centers on a 1966 car race, and one that co-stars an imaginary Hitler. There’s a quietly funny drama about love and divorce and a revisionist history of Hollywood in the summer of 1969. The world’s arguably most influential living auteur made a gangster epic with eternity on its mind. And a critically acclaimed adaptation of a celebrated novel rounds out the group. In the runup to the Oscars on February 9, the Vox staff is looking at each of the nine Best Picture nominees in turn. What makes this film appealing to Academy voters? What makes it emblematic of the year? And should it win? Below, Vox critic at large Emily VanDerWerff, Vox video creative director Joe Posner, and film critic Alissa Wilkinson talk about Ford v Ferrari, the real-life story of two men racing against both their biggest competitor and their own demons. Alissa: It took me a while to get around to seeing Ford v Ferrari, not because I didn’t have faith in it — after Logan, I’m genuinely interested in everything director James Mangold comes up with — but because it was sold to me as a “dad movie,” and I didn’t put it at the top of my priority list. (Look, I love dads, but there’s a lot of movies.) But when I finally got to watch it, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a really well-crafted movie with some excellent performances (one in particular we’ll get to in a bit) and a lot going on under the, uh, hood. I hate the “they don’t make movies like this anymore” cliché, because of course they do, but there’s something very old-fashioned about Ford v Ferrari that I loved. One of you is a dad and one of you is not, though that’s not why I wanted to talk about the movie with you. It’s because I know you’re both attentive to matters of craft and how they advance storytelling beyond mere plot — and this movie, as you both know, is very dependent on things like sound design and images to give the audience an almost visceral experience. So before we get to the story of Ford v Ferrari, can we talk about how the story is told? What stood out to you? Joe: I’ll get this out of the way: Yes, I am the Dad in here. And I did enjoy this movie.(Only about half as much as the Academy-spurned Hustlers and Uncut Gems, though.) But Mangold and company made this fun — from little things like constantly referring to Henry Ford II (played by Tracy Letts) as “the Deuce,” to bigger things like putting the Deuce through some truly jaw-dropping driving, and then letting us just watch him cry for what felt like a full minute afterward. In terms of technical craft, honestly, the first thing that stuck out to mewas just how loud this movie was. A baby sleeping downstairs means I’m going out to the theater less, but even at home means loud “VROOM”s triggered a deep fear of waking the baby. Yet I couldn’t turn down the volume — the characters’ voices have been carefully calibrated to be so quiet that the car noises were guaranteed tear through your body like a little puddle. Kind of a rude move for an actual new parent, but clearly I had a lot of fun in general. And hey, the sound mixers and editors might even win Oscars. It’s nominated for both, perhaps making up for its lack of on-screen diversity with “VROOM” diversity? But what was up with the voiceover? This film wants me to believe that if I’m driving a car at over 7,000 RPMs, everything else will disappear, and I’ll just be a “body, moving in space.” Does either of you understand why a genuinely fun movie like this one would have this kind of cheesy-ass VO? It was like somebody was trying to write a Bruce Springsteen song for the movie, but only went like 33 percent of the way there. Emily: My partner and I have a semi-regular movie night with some friends, and the one man in our little quartet kept insisting that we needed to watch this movie for one of those get-togethers. He’d seen it in theaters and thought we would enjoy it. So, dutifully, we loaded it up — and we had a fuckin’ blast. (Yes, there’s no G at the end of that word!) Maybe the chief reason to watch this movie is the race sequences, which blaze by with a muted intensity that feels strangely classicist at this point in cinematic history. It wasn’t difficult for me to imagine, say, Tony Scott or Ron Howard having made this in the mid-’90s and winning a bunch of Oscars for it, because the film’s high-speed races would have felt so groundbreaking at the time. Now, it’s weirdly quaint, a great reminder of what a dad movie has become in an era when a lot of dads are Gen Xers. But the other selling point of Ford v Ferrari, as far as I’m concerned, is Christian Bale. He’s just magnificent as Ken Miles, a man who approaches the planet as a thing he could get to spin at more revolutions per minute in order to transcend himself and ... something something something something. (You’re right, Joe, that this movie sort of assumes that what you most want to do in life is drive a car really fast. Maybe that’s true.) He anchors the movie in such a way that when this film takes a full turn toward “he was taken too soon” in its last 15 minutes, Ken’s (historical) death in a crash kind of robs the movie of its momentum in a way it never really earns. But still! Also, yes, Tracy Letts, our most wonderful movie dad. How he didn’t get more notice for a movie in which he plays out that long series of emotions after he’s dragged into a car that goes extremely fast is beyond me, and in a movie full of schematic villains (like the Italians in this movie are basically out of a Mario game), he offers a nuanced look at a man with a lot of power who just wants to play with his toys. What’s fascinating about Ford is how it’s composed of maybe 15 different two-handers nested within it. (A two-hander is a movie about two characters who have a typically non-romantic relationship that drives both of them forward, usually with those two characters cast with well-known actors.) Yes, of course, this is a movie about the relationship between Bale and Matt Damon’s characters, but both men’s relationships with Henry Ford II could be at the center of this film, too. So could the actual rivalry between Ford and Ferrari, if you wanted. It’s that willingness to feint toward the complexities of all of these characters that makes Ford v. Ferrari such a blast to watch. Is it the best movie of the year? No. But it’s absolutely the one movie among the nominees that’s most likely to become a cable TV staple in the years to come. And that is its own kind of win. Alissa: So from what I hear, the stunts (a.k.a.: all that driving) are mostly real in this movie, rather than CGI’d (though there are plenty of special effects, too). Which brings up a question for me: Why don’t we have an Oscar for stunts? And do you think this one would win it this year, if we did? Emily: This would be a totally wonderful winner of a theoretical Oscar for best stunts. And what do you know? Ford v. Ferrari received a SAG nomination for its stunt ensemble, the closest thing we have to an Oscar for them. So I think you’re on to something here, Alissa. That the movie uses mostly real stunt drivers is terrific, because it ties in to what Ford v. Ferrari is about at its core, which is this idea of old-fashioned craftsmanship. That’s obviously something that appeals to Mangold, a director who never met a concept he couldn’t shoehorn into a Western, but it’s also often a core idea of the dad movie. The theory goes that, at one time, men were men and craftsmanship was king. Now, everything’s falling apart. People don’t even do their own stunts anymore! It’s all created by a computer! What happened to America? The key to the dad movie often is that it’s not really a movie about the dad watching it but about his dad. So, for instance, the idea is that you, Joe, might watch this movie and think about your own dad, and how if he really put his mind to it, he could build a race car that would take out Ferrari at Le Mans. That’s why a truly great dad movie appeals to people of all genders, and regardless of parenthood status: We can remember our own dads or some other dependably masculine figure who impacted our lives in a memorable way (like when they convinced Henry Ford II to give Ken Miles another chance by taking him on a wild ride around an airport runway). What Mangold complicates about the dad movie in this film is that he doesn’t really give us easy heroes and villains. Though the movie is titled Ford v. Ferrari, the Ferrari company and its standard bearers sort of cease to be a major concern about two-thirds of the way through the film. Instead, we end up with a story about Ford v. Ford, as Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his team take on the more directly Ford-sponsored teams, then get bamboozled into giving up Ken Miles’s big win. I was vaguely gutted by this bamboozlement, too. I really was invested in Ken Miles winning, and when he slowed down to let his teammates cross the finish line before him, I felt like he’d also won the victory over himself. Instead, he’d been tricked by his corporate overlords. It’s very Mangold to make a movie about how an iconoclast is still in the service of the Man, and this might be his ultimate statement of intent in that regard. But I also loved all the little ways this movie immersed us in the details of Le Mans, like the diagram Miles shares with his son of the course, or the foot race to get to the cars that opens the big race. And there’s something so punishing about imagining keeping a car on the road for 24 hours, endlessly staving off disaster, in a way that Carroll knows all too well. This isn’t just a movie about guys being guys, though. It’s also about exactly one woman who gets to have multiple lines of dialogue, which is Ken’s wife, Mollie, played by Caitriona Balfe. If this film has been consistently criticized for anything, it’s the way Mollie is basically a throwback to a “supportive wife” character from one of those aforementioned ’90s movies. Joe, did you find Mollie a compelling character? And how did you feel about the movie’s weird and mournful ending? Joe: I guess Mollie is not entirely hewing to type — she never seems too worried about Ken’s high-risk avocation — but yes, the character was pretty shallow. Caitriona Balfe’s performance is knowing enough to make the most of it; watching her pull up a lawn chair to “not watch” the boys fight feels inconceivable outside the movies, for example. But the way she looks over her sunglasses, it’s as if she knows too. Maybe Mollie is pining for the crafted, larger-than-life stereotypes of Hollywood yore and has cast herself within that frame? Or maybe the male writer just ... didn’t care. As for the ending, it clearly wasn’t something this movie wanted to dwell on. The wide shot of the crash leaves you wondering what exactly happened. The voiceover returns, suggesting thatmaybe attaining highspeed is worth dying for. We heara vague echo telling us that“sometimes they just don’t get out of the car,” but the movie never directlygrapples with the specifics of what happened with the same detail afforded tothe painstakingly recreated race scenes. Well, outside the movies we have Google, and some cursory research suggests the real Ken Miles did get out of the car — because he was violently thrown out of it as the car tumbled end-over-end, killing him. There’s no specific evidence the crash was due to driver error, leaving the possibility that Ford or Shelby could share responsibility. But rather than allowing Mollie, Ken’s son Peter, or Shelby to ask that question, the filmmakers quietly speed by it. I wish they hadn’t. I enjoyed the fun of the movie, and deeply enjoyed every moment of Tracy Letts’s portrayal of Henry Ford II’s insecurities. But the filmmakers looked away when it mattered. “He died doing what he loved,” the film wants us to say to ourselves, hoping, as Emily says, that we’ll think wistfully about our dads in the process. But Ken was only 47, and I shudder to think how my life would be different if my dad had passed away that young. Wouldn’t you want to know if your father died as a result of the Deuce’s pissing contest? Alissa: My dad actually did pass away at 47 (from leukemia, though, not exactly a pissing contest), and I thought quite a lot about him, and the gap his passing left, while I was watching the movie. Other movies this season (like The Irishman), combined with the fact that I am slowly, slowly approaching the age he was then, have made me think about how I’ll never know him as an old man. And there’s a sense in which Ford v Ferrari expertly explores middle age, the way The Irishman is a searing insight into old age. Last question: What other movies have given you the same feeling of adrenaline and emotion that watching Ford v Ferrari does? Another way of asking this — if someone loved Ford v Ferrari, what else would you suggest to them? Neither of these is an obvious choice, but I’d recommend Mangold’s last film, Logan, which takes the X-Men’s Wolverine character and makes him the star of a Western, and last year’s great documentary Apollo 11,which in some ways is about people trying to pull off a feat just as zany as the one in this movie. Joe: Oh gosh, I’m so sorry for your loss, Alissa. To answer your question, I was surprised to be reminded of Pixar’s Ratatouille while watching Ford v Ferrari. No, not Cars, which correctly didn’t make it anywhere close to the top of Vox’s Pixar rankings. Stick with me here: I understand the technical specifics of how to make a car go faster about as clearly as how a rat could control a human via his hair. But the films share a rambunctious search for perfection, the inevitability of compromise, and some complicated parenting. And this is even further afield, but if you’re looking for another film featuring some absolutely fantastic performances, a deeply impressive commitment to a craft, some admittedlyshallow characters, and a happy ending instead of a historically mandated sad one: Singin’ in the Rain. I lived 35 years without seeing that movie. Dearest reader, avoid my mistake if you can. But I’m so excited to hear Emily’s suggestions — take it away! Emily: I lost my biological father (whom I never met) when he was 48, and even though I had never spoken to him, the loss was gutting all the same. I didn’t expect him to suddenly be my “dad,” but it was nice to know he was out there in the world, being somebody’s dad, probably. (Turned out this suspicion was right. His two kids have become a wonderful part of my life since I met them.) So good dad movies often have a touch of the melancholy to them. And because our old pal James Mangold and the father who actually raised me both love Westerns, allow me to recommend a few of those. Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood’s paean for a long-gone genre and a long-gone way of life, is a must-watch for sure. But also how about The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, a movie that is a lot of fun, yet soaked through with pathos? Or even The Searchers, which 2020 eyes will note has plenty of racist stereotypes but is at least using them in service of poking at old Hollywood’s racist assumptions, and is definitely melancholic. Or maybe we just want a “cars go fast” movie, in which case, Ron Howard’s 2013 movie Rush is a good time. (Heck, Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13 has big Ford v. Ferrari energy as well.) Yet that’s the thing about dad movies: They end up being ultra-personal choices, because they’ll always remind you, on some level, of all the fatherly folks in your own life, both known and unknown. Ford v. Ferrari made me feel those ghosts acutely, but it also let me see some cars go really fast. What more do you really want from a movie?
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Ara Zobayan named as pilot of the helicopter crash that killed him, Kobe Bryant and seven others
The pilot of the helicopter that crashed under foggy conditions into a California hillside killing all nine aboard, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, has been identified as Ara Zobayan.
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US advises citizens to reconsider travel to China after coronavirus outbreak
The United States is cautioning travelers to reconsider visiting China due the threat from the coronavirus virus outbreak that has killed more than 80 and sickened thousands across that country and has spread globally.
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In Reno, Trump, Buttigieg campaign staffers go toe-to-toe over … office parking spots
One campaign's idea of intimidation tactics is another's idea of harmless hijinks.        
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Kobe Bryant wanted ‘to die young,’ friend Tracy McGrady says
NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady opened up about the death of Kobe Bryant, recounting how in the past his friend told him he wanted “to die young.” McGrady, who retired from the league in 2013, made the stunning revelation Monday on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “This sounds crazy, but Kobe spoke this, he spoke this,”...
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Amid Kobe Bryant tributes Grammys watched by 18.7 million viewers, the fewest since 2008
The 62nd Grammy Awards turned into a tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, but that wasn't enough to keep the audience from slipping 6% compared to last year.
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Opinion: Lakers emotional week tragic reminder of what we already should know
USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt saw first-hand with the Lakers how one falsehood and one truth bookended week filled with life's most emotional components.      
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Kobe Bryant, Mike Pompeo and the abuse of women journalists
Treatment of Mary Louise Kelly after Mike Pompeo interview and Felicia Sonmez after Kobe Bryant's death shows how often women reporters are attacked.       
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Billie Eilish arrasa en los Grammy 2020, álbum ganador, disco, canción y mejor artista nuevo
La joven estrella Billie Eilish brilla en los Premios Grammy 2020, pero la muerte de la estrella de los Lakers, Kobe Bryant, todavía marca la pauta.
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How Lakers are grieving over death of Kobe Bryant
The Lakers brought in grief counselors to help cope with the shocking death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was among the nine killed Sunday morning in a Southern California helicopter crash. The counselors are holding one-on-one and group sessions with various employees, ESPN reported Monday. It’s unclear if players were included in these sessions....
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Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs arrive in Miami wearing tropical attire
The Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Miami for Super Bowl LIV wearing Hawaiian shirts in homage to coach Andy Reid who has mostly sported the tropical attire when arriving in Florida or Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.
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Stopping deadly virus is Illinois scientist's goal
Northwestern University professor Karla Satchell is one of the scientists around the world racing to stop a new and deadly coronavirus. She's working with a team investigating the virus structure to halt it from replicating in human cells. (Jan. 27)       
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Kobe Bryant: The making of a global superstar
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Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company's climate failures
Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy barring workers from speaking about businessHundreds of Amazon employees defied corporate policy to publicly criticize the company for failing to meet its “moral responsibility” in the climate crisis.More than 340 tech workers at Amazon used the hashtag #AMZNSpeakOut in public statements that condemn the company for not taking sufficient action on the climate crisis. Continue reading...
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Fox News Host Says Bolton Book Leak is 'Important Development,' Has Trump Supporters 'Spinning Like Crazy'
Chris Wallace suggests that the news of Bolton's book had the potential to change how the president's impeachment trial proceeds.
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More Americans went to the library last year than to the movies, a new Gallup poll finds
Who says libraries are dying?
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Super Bowl 2020: Look out for Chiefs star Travis Kelce’s game-day outfit
Over the past two seasons, the NFL has increasingly become known for its game-day parade of well-dressed players. Like the NBA before it, the league’s superstars have turned the walk into the stadium or off the team plane into their personal runway shows. And come Super Bowl Sunday, one of the league’s boldest fashionistos will...
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Joe Montana gives advice to Tom Brady: Don't leave the Patriots
With Tom Brady set to test free agency for the first time, on ex-NFL great who left his long-time team late in his career offered a tip.      
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The Pacific Ocean is so acidic that it's dissolving Dungeness crabs' shells
The Pacific Ocean is becoming more acidic, and the cash-crabs that live in its coastal waters are some of its first inhabitants to feel its effects.
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Kobe Bryant hablaba cuatro idiomas y aprendió el español arropado por los latinos y Sábado Gigante
La extinta estrella de los Lakers, nacido en Philadelphia, hablaba inglés, italiano, español y esloveno
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Fans traveling to Miami for Super Bowl to be met by volunteers at the airport
Miami knows how to welcome football fans.
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Supreme Court allows Trump admin to expand wealth assessments for immigrants
The Supreme Court issued an order Monday to temporarily allow a Trump administration rule that would deny certain immigrants legal status in the U.S.
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Opinion: Los Angeles' love affair with Kobe Bryant took time to form
In the end, Kobe Bryant stood alone atop Los Angeles. But it took time, especially after a first decade filled with missteps ranging from personal to criminal.      
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LSU's Ed Orgeron taking gamble with hiring of Bo Pelini as defensive coordinator
LSU is hiring Bo Pelini as the team's new defensive coordinator. It's a position Pelini held from 2005-07 before a rough tenure at Nebraska.        
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P.M. Update: Numerous clouds around through Tuesday as a cold front passes
The main impact of the front is to change the wind direction.
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Australian Open 2020 TV Schedule: Where to Watch Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Quarterfinal Matches, Start Time, Live Stream
Federer takes on Tennys Sandgren of the U.S., while Djokovic faces No. 32 seed Milos Raonic of Canada.
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Trump’s defense claims he didn’t break the law. A congressional watchdog says he did.
Kenneth Starr, left, a member of President Donbald Trump’s impeachment legal team, arrives in the Capitol for the start of the Senate impeachment trial proceedings on January 27, 2020. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc./Getty Images A recent report rebuts a major piece of Trump’s defense. President Trump’s defense in the impeachment trial began its second day of opening arguments on Monday — and counsel Ken Starr jumped straight into his main argument: Since Trump didn’t break the law, his actions don’t reach the threshold of an impeachable offense. “The articles do not charge a crime or violation of established law,” said Starr. “I’m suggesting it’s a relevant factor. I think it’s a weighty factor.” Starr’s analysis is counter to that of many legal experts. As Vox’s Ian Millhiser writes, a wide range of constitutional law scholars have concluded that a president does not need to commit a crime for a particular action to be considered worthy of impeachment. But perhaps more importantly — or at least succinctly — there is ample evidence to suggest that Trump did break the law. In fact, the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan internal government watchdog, determined as much just two weeks ago. On January 16, the GAO put out a strongly worded legal opinion regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s decision to delay military aid to Ukraine, and determined that this move was in violation of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. As the ICA notes, a president can’t apply his own policy priorities to funds that have already been appropriated for a specific, different purpose by Congress. Holding the Ukraine aid is something Trump has already confessed to — and doing so was a clear violation of the ICA, the GAO writes: The President has narrow, limited authority to withhold appropriations under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. OMB told GAO that it withheld the funds to ensure that they were not spent “in a manner that could conflict with the President’s foreign policy.” The law does not permit OMB to withhold funds for policy reasons. Trump’s team has suggested the president withheld the aid because he was concerned about corruption and sharing costs with other nations — not coercing Kyiv into investigating the Biden family, as various witnesses testified during House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry last fall. However, either justification wouldn’t pass muster, according to the GAO. As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake writes, it’s worth pointing out that this opinion is not a criminal indictment — and the remedy for this violation, had Trump not released the aid eventually, would have taken the form of a lawsuit. The White House has pushed back on the legal opinion’s conclusions, but House Democrats have signaled that it could serve as a key piece of evidence as the impeachment trial continues, Axios reports. Other points that Democrats have cited to counter this particular argument? The words of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Trump counsel Alan Dershowitz. “It certainly doesn’t have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don’t need a technical crime,” Dershowitz said in 1998, describing the types of actions that qualify as an impeachable offense.
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