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Uber granted two-month extension to London licence

Transport for London again rejects ride-hailing firm’s application for a full licence

Uber’s application to renew its private hire operating licence in London has been rebuffed again by regulators.

Transport for London has instead given the ride-hailing firm only a two-month extension to its licence, which is due to expire on Wednesday night.

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Dog owner who ripped up fence to protect pooch’s pee spot takes deal
It wasn’t a ruff rap. Dog owner Eric Swanson took a dismissal deal for ripping up a small fence erected by an eyebrow spa to keep his precious pooch Scooby from peeing on a tree outside their storefront. If Swanson, 48, stays out of trouble for six months, prosecutors will dismiss and seal the one...
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New Yorkers are right to remain nervous about Cuomo’s $179B budget
Anyone worried about New York’s fiscal health couldn’t have been terribly reassured by the $179 billion budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out Tuesday. Cuomo called for no major tax hikes and kept the uptick in state operating costs to 1.9 percent. Good. Yet the plan left many details under wraps. And its broad strokes are...
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Cuomo’s La Guardia AirTrain is already off the rails
There was one takeaway last week for a few New Yorkers who schlepped out to a remote airport hotel for a public meeting: The La Guardia AirTrain is coming. Cry all you want about its inefficiency and irrationality. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s La Guardia AirTrain proposal has long faced fierce criticism. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district...
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Police officer behind controversial Delonte West video suspended
OXON HILL, Md. — A Maryland police officer has been suspended for shooting a video that shows former NBA player Delonte West as he was being questioned while shirtless and handcuffed, a police department said. One of two videos circulating on social media shows a thin, shirtless man with tattoos sitting on a curb with...
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Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan claims she was ousted after reporting harassment
The ousted Grammys CEO fired back at the Recording Academy on Tuesday, alleging that she was removed after complaining about sexual harassment and pay disparities and for calling out conflicts of interest in the nomination process for music's most prestigious awards.
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Buttigieg urges Iowa audience to get excited after awkward silence
Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg elicited a moment of awkward silence during a campaign event in Iowa that’s sparking comparisons to another viral moment during the 2016 election cycle. While several of his 2020 rivals — including Sens. Bernie Sanders from Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — are stuck in Washington, D.C., serving...
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Fecha y horario de la eliminatoria olímpica femenil de Concacaf 2020
La Clasificatoria Olímpica Femenina de Concacaf 2020 comenzará con una fase de grupos, entre el 28 de enero y el 4 de febrero.
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Hillary Clinton clarifies that she will support the Democratic nominee -- even if it's Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton said Tuesday evening that she will support the Democratic Party's eventual presidential nominee, hours after an interview published in which the 2016 Democratic nominee declined to say whether she would endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders if he wins the party's nomination in 2020.
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Olympian Schmitt prepares for life after swimming
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt is getting ready for life after swimming. Schmitt wants to pursue a career in a mental health-related field and worked an internship counseling students last year. (Jan. 21)       
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NE Wildlife Rehab treats opossum suffering from frostbite
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Woman finds man with another woman, tases him
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Columna: La matrícula gratuita en los colegios públicos ayudó al estado a prosperar. No hay razón para que no lo vuelva a hacer
California debería tener matrícula universitaria gratuita en las universidades estatales
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Behind the White House’s impeachment battle plans
The White House fired back at President Trump’s impeachers Monday, taking aim at their far-fetched legal arguments and blatant dishonesty. Trump’s lawyers called the Democrats’ grounds for impeachment a “made-up theory.” They singled out House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff for “lying,” violating “basic fairness” and “concocting” the whistleblower complaint. The White House brief is Trump’s...
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LeBron James surprises teens in Harlem, shows support for bike lanes
LeBron James made a surprise visit to the Harlem YMCA Tuesday to share his love of bikes with local teens. The three-time NBA champ delighted a few dozen unsuspecting youngsters gathered at the Y, when he showed up to announce that he’ll be giving out free Citi Bike memberships to local youths in the spring....
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How to Defeat Trump and Catch a Frisbee
There is a winnable approach for Democrats in the impeachment trial.
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Warren lands key endorsements ahead of New Hampshire primary
The endorsements come at a critical time for Warren, who has fallen significantly in recent polling out the Granite State
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Saudi crown prince implicated in hack of Jeff Bezos’s phone, U.N. report will say
Data was reportedly taken from the phone not long after Bezos got a WhatsApp message from the prince.
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Ted Cruz says White House unlikely to push for impeachment trial dismissal
“I think the judgment here is not going to be a dismissal but rather an acquittal on the merits," he said.
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Lawyer Jose Baez suing former client Rose McGowan for saying he was ‘bought off’ by Harvey Weinstein
Baez claims McGowan, his former client, defamed him in comments on Twitter and in the Daily Beast, the New York Times and on CNN.
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Harry Hamlin says playing gay character in 1982's 'Making Love' 'completely ended' his career
Harry Hamlin said his star was on the rise until he "completely ended" his career at the time by playing a gay character in 1982's "Making Love.        
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Neighbors File Lawsuit Over Large Playscape for Terminally Ill Child, Claiming It's Too Tall, Lowers Property Values
Neighbors call the structure an "eyesore"; the child's mother says they won't be taking the playscape down.
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Juan Guaido: We will take Venezuela back
CNN's Isa Soares talks to Venezuelan politician Juan Guaido about his goals for Davos 2020 and the future of Venezuela.
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Day 1: The Rules of Engagement
Democrats and Republicans clash over the Senate’s impeachment trial procedure.
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OnPolitics: Roberts, rules and order
The rules were debated, the jurors were seated and several Democratic amendments were defeated.        
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Hillary Clinton responds to uproar after bashing Sanders: 'I will do whatever I can to support our nominee'
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have walked back her strong opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after she suggested that she would not support her 2016 rival if he were to win the Democratic nomination in 2020 as he did for her candidacy.
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No food or drinks allowed on senate floor ... except milk
Got milk at impeachment? Rules allow for milk-drinking on Senate floor. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
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Brigham Young University will allow same-sex dancing at the Amateur DanceSport Championships for the first time
Brigham Young University might be most known for its Conservative leanings and association with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the university is temporarily setting all that side.
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Republicans ease some restrictions as Trump impeachment trial kicks into gear
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to revise his proposed rules at the last minute to accommodate a brewing rebellion in his ranks.
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Parade unveils new wheelchair-accessible float
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Book Bombshell: James Biden’s Firm Got $1.5 Billion in Government Contracts Despite Zero Experience
A firm employing James Biden, the younger brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, received more than $1.5 billion in government-backed contracts during the Obama administration.
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Derek Jeter voting debacle is peak Hall of Fame stupidity
Well, how about that? For once in his charmed baseball life, things didn’t go absolutely perfectly for Derek Jeter. Although, if any true justice existed in this universe, Jeffrey Maier would’ve been sitting in left field back on that magical 1996 night … and Jeter would be a unanimous Baseball Hall of Famer right now....
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Ex-Met Wally Backman’s criminal trial kicks off in Long Island
Former Mets second-baseman Wally Backman was hauled into court Tuesday for allegedly shoving his then-girlfriend into a wall in August and then preventing her from calling the cops, officials said. Backman — who currently manages minor-league team the Long Island Ducks — opted for a bench trial with Riverhead town Justice Lori Hulse deciding the case...
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El regreso de Angelina Jolie como 'Maleficient' en 4K Ultra HD
Maléfica llega en formato Blu-Ray y 4K Ultra HD para toda la familia
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2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson among the top newcomers
The players debuting on the 2021 ballot retired after the 2015 season.       
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Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins
Republicans made last-minute changes to their proposed rules to placate moderates, but they held together to turn back Democratic efforts to subpoena documents.
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Hillary Clinton Jokes About Bernie Sanders Criticism: 'I Thought Everyone Wanted My Authentic, Unvarnished Views'
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton joked on Twitter about her recent criticisms of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, saying she "thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views."
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Asian stocks arrest slide but investors on edge over China virus
Asian share markets steadied on Wednesday as investors took stock of the spread of a new strain of coronavirus from China and weighed the possible consequences of a global pandemic.
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New dad DJ Khaled drops price of Miami mansion to $6M
Hitmaker and proud papa, DJ Khaled, has dropped the price of his five-bedroom property to $5.99 million — after it sat on the market for over a year. Step inside the Florida estate, which features an epic sneaker closet, gold chandeliers with Swarovski crystals and breathtaking bay views.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Naftali: Today we see a much weaker Mitch McConnell
CNN presidential historian Tim Naftali says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not able to control his caucus, citing several changes McConnell made to his initial resolution to set the rules for the impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump.
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Senator blasts ‘draconian’ restrictions on journalists covering impeachment trial
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) on Tuesday voiced his “extreme concern and discomfort” about restrictions placed on members of the press covering the Senate impeachment trial, which reporters say have inhibited their ability to question senators.
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How to Debunk Trump’s False Claims About the Economy
John Cassidy writes about the false claims President Donald Trump made about the economy at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.
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2020 election: Lower-tier Democrats still fighting in the primaries
With the first presidential primary just weeks away, the list of Democratic candidates remains one of the most crowded in decades.
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Cindy Adams on her forthcoming Showtime doc from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
"If you see me anywhere or at an opening someplace trailed by a crew squinting into a camera — you will understand."
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State shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against religious schools
This week, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether so-called Blaine Amendments — state constitutional amendments used to block public funding for even secular activities undertaken with a religious motivation — are constitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas observed in 2000 that Blaine Amendments were “born in bigotry” and “should be buried” once and for...
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Putin names new Cabinet, keeps foreign, defense, finance ministers
Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new cabinet Tuesday, days after he fast-tracked sweeping reforms to the country's constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. 
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The Saudi crown prince reportedly hacked Jeff Bezos
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in September 2019. | Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amazon The Guardian reported that Mohammed bin Salman may have sent the Amazon CEO a WhatsApp message that contained malware. It’s been a while, but remember that allegation that the Saudi government may have hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos? Well, a report in the Guardian claims it wasn’t just any Saudi government hackers — it might have been Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) himself. Sources claim MBS may have personally sent Bezos a video file on May 1, 2018, via a WhatsApp chat. It’s not clear what the video contained, the Guardian says, “But a forensic technical analysis of the file has found that it is ‘highly probable’ it contained malware that penetrated Bezos’s mobile phone and exfiltrated a large amount of data within hours.” It’s still unclear what information was taken from Bezos’s phone during the hack, and how it may have been used. But last February, Bezos accused American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer — whose CEO, David Pecker, is close to President Trump (remember those 2016 hush money payments?) — of trying to extort Bezos after the publication approached him saying it had text messages and photos that revealed Bezos was having an affair. AMI repeatedly said its tipster was Michael Sanchez, the brother of the woman Bezos was allegedly having an affair with. Bezos’s security chief, Gavin de Becker, first said in March 2019 that he had evidence the Saudis had gained access to Bezos’s phone and private information. As de Becker wrote in the Daily Beast: Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information. As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details. The Guardian report adds further fuel to the very serious allegation that a foreign government hacked a private citizen (Bezos) who also happens to own the Washington Post, the publication that employed columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in Turkey in 2018, a hit the CIA believes MBS himself ordered. It also raises even more questions about MBS’s personal relationships, including with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner reportedly communicates with foreign leaders through WhatsApp, including with MBS — something that cybersecurity experts say also makes him vulnerable to hacking. Why would MBS hack Bezos? In January 2019, Bezos announced that he and his wife were seeking a divorce. Just a few hours later, the National Enquirer claimed it had completed a four-month investigation into an extramarital affair between Bezos and Laura Sanchez, a former anchor for a Fox affiliate in Los Angeles. As Vox’s Anna North reported at the time, soon after the initial story of the affair, “the National Enquirer released what it said were ‘sleazy text messages’ sent by Bezos to Sanchez, and claimed to have seen ‘a cache of lewd selfies’ sent by the Amazon CEO as well.” Bezos has become a regular punching bag for President Donald Trump, who dislikes the Washington Post — and by extension, its owner — for what he sees as critical coverage of his presidency. Pecker, the CEO of AMI (the parent company of the National Enquirer), is a longtime friend of Trump’s. In August 2016, the tabloid arranged what’s called a “catch and kill” deal with former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007. Federal prosecutors also revealed in charging documents that AMI was involved in the illegal hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Both of these payments were designed to protect Trump and influence the 2016 election. In December 2018, AMI agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in that federal investigation to avoid prosecution. Now back to Bezos: In February 2019, Bezos wrote a lengthy post on Medium accusing AMI of trying to extort him. Bezos said he’d hired investigators (including de Becker) to look into how his private messages had been obtained. In his post, he claimed that once AMI learned of Bezos’s investigation, it contacted him claiming it had even more text messages and photographs of Bezos and threatening to publish them unless Bezos halted the investigation. Bezos published the exchanges, which included some interesting demands from AMI, including that Bezos publicly acknowledge that he had “no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility.” AMI also said in its correspondence with Bezos that it “affirms that it undertook no electronic eavesdropping in connection with its reporting and has no knowledge of such conduct.” Bezos dismissed what he called “blackmail.” Meanwhile, de Becker continued with his investigation. In March 2019, he made the explosive claim that the Saudi government had gained access to Bezos’s phone. AMI denied that it had received any information from the Saudis, calling the allegations “unsubstantiated,” and said the materials were acquired from a single source, Michael Sanchez. “There was no involvement by a third party whatsoever,” the AMI statement read. But AMI has a connection with the Saudi government. As North explained last year: Pecker’s relationship with Trump continued after the latter took office, according to [the New Yorker’s Ronan] Farrow. AMI employees told the reporter that Trump associates had introduced Pecker to potential funding sources for the company. In 2017, Pecker had dinner at the White House with “a French businessman known for brokering deals with Saudi Arabia,” Farrow writes. Two months later, the businessman and Pecker met with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. In 2018, AMI published a nearly 100-page, ad-free magazine full of articles, many of them unbylined, praising MBS, as Spencer Ackerman reported at the Daily Beast. The magazine called MBS “our closest Middle East ally destroying terrorism” and included coverage of “New Rights for Saudi Women.” AMI said it had no outside help publishing the magazine and compared it to special issues on “The Royals, Elvis, The Kennedys, The Olympics, etc.” (all subjects better known to Americans than MBS, Ackerman notes). AMI, then, had also published some pretty favorable coverage of MBS, in the spring of 2018, when the crown prince was embarking on a goodwill press tour across the US, an attempt to recast him as a modernist reformer. Bezos met with MBS during his US visit. Another major event also happened in 2018, albeit later that year: the brutal killing of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, who worked for the Post, vanished in October, but soon a gruesome assassination plot was revealed. Intelligence agencies, including with the CIA, linked Khashoggi’s death to MBS. The Post led coverage on the murder of its columnist, which was invariably bad coverage for MBS. It’s a lot, and there are still many unanswered questions. But the report in the Guardian that a message from MBS himself might have led to a hack raises some troubling questions. A foreign leader targeting a private US citizen, if true, would be extraordinarily explosive. The Trump administration has developed a close relationship with the Saudi government, and has largely avoided holding Riyadh accountable for its misdeeds, including the killing of Khashoggi. What’s more, MBS and Kushner — the president’s son-in-law and top adviser — also reportedly communicate through encrypted messaging apps, including WhatsApp. House Democrats have tried to get access to these texts, saying Kushner conducted official government business through these tools. The question might be, however, whether MBS shared any videos.
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UPDATE 4-Huawei CFO's lawyers argue U.S. extradition charges not a crime in Canada
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver court on Tuesday, where her lawyers argued for a second straight day that Meng violated no Canadian laws and should not be extradited to the United States on charges she violated its sanctions.
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As candidates fight, Democrats fear a rupture that will help President Trump
Bernie Sanders already was feuding with Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden; on Tuesday, his past nemesis Hillary Clinton went after him.
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