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Supreme Court to decide if 'faithless electors' can defy popular vote and select their candidate of choice
The Supreme Court will settle two more disputes this year: one over the electoral college and another involving contraceptives offered through employer health plans.
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The change MLK Jr.’s children hope to see in the world
Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter Yolanda King shares what issue she hopes to help change. The civil rights leader’s daughter Bernice King comments on the need to be a responsible citizen and his son Martin Luther King III says he’s inspired by movements like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and others.
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What would MLK Jr. say today?
Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Martin Luther King III is asked what he thinks his father would say if he were alive today. King said his father would be “concerned” about the direction some leaders have taken, but added that he believes “we would be on a different trajectory” if his father had not been killed. 
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Supreme Court agrees to hear case involving religious freedom in dispute over birth control
TheLittle Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, fought the contraceptive requirement since it was first imposed.
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House Foreign Affairs Committee presses Pompeo to appear for Iran hearing
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Friday pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday to agree to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Trump administration's policy toward Iran and threatened to issue a subpoena if necessary. 
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A$AP Rocky marks anniversary of A$AP Yams’ death with pricey pendant necklace
He's honoring his mentor with diamonds.
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Over 100 Piglets Die During Livestock Semi-Trailer Crash in Iowa
Crews had to euthanize another 17 that were injured, an animal rescue officials said
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16 country joints that bring some honky tonk to NYC
When you’re living in New York City, getting in touch with your roots can seem as likely as squeezing grits from a stone. I know: After growing up in South Carolina, I’ve been on the hunt for country-music haunts and bona-fide barbecue since moving to Brooklyn eight years ago. Well, bless my heart: I finally...
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Career criminal arrested for anti-Semitic incident in Times Square
A hateful career criminal hurled anti-Semitic comments at a Jewish couple in Times Square – then attacked and yelled racial slurs at a 16-year-old boy who intervened, police said Friday. Suspect Vernon Stevens, 55, of Brooklyn first shouted, “F–king Jews!” at a couple in traditional Hasidic garb around 10:15 p.m. Thursday near West 45th Street...
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Trump administration to roll back school lunch regulations on fruits and vegetables
The USDA announced they plan to roll back school lunch regulations championed by Michelle Obama to allow schools "more flexibility" in what they serve because "because they know their children best."        
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People Have Invented More Than 200 Gender-Neutral Pronouns. Here’s Why ‘They’ Is Here to Stay
It is a well-known truth among linguists that so long as English is changing — which it always is — there will be people who are belly-aching about it, warning that if things keep going as they are, the language will soon be on life support and, as likely as not, dead within the year.…
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Four former Iranian hostages: President Trump, thank you for your actions and your strength
For 40 years our government has failed to understand that the only thing that can stop a radical regime is strength.
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Cows talk to each other, including about food: study
Cows are able to “commooonicate” with each other, a startling new study says. Published in Scientific Reports in December, the study notes that Holstein-Fresian heifer cattle are able to communicate with one another, using their own distinct moos. The researchers, including lead researcher Alexandra Green, took 333 samples of cow vocalizations and analyzed them using...
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Jimmy Choo shop in Soho robbed of $36,000 in goods
A trio of thieves burglarized the Jimmy Choo shop in SoHo and got away with thousands of dollars worth of goods this week. The group of burglars smashed the glass door of the entryway at 111 Greene St. in the trendy downtown Manhattan neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Nearly $36,000 worth of...
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Novelist who wrote book about ‘predatory men’ on Weinstein jury
One of the jurors picked for Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault trial just wrote a novel -- about three young women and their relationships with predatory older men.
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ICE arrests migrant trans woman month after release, lawyers say
One month after winning her release from immigration detention, a transgender woman from El Salvador with several illnesses was arrested and taken back to the same jail because the U.S. government is appealing the judge’s decision, the woman’s lawyers said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement re-arrested the trans woman Monday during what her lawyers...
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House chairman threatens to subpoena Pompeo over Iran policy hearing
The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday threatened to subpoena the nation's top diplomat to testify about the Trump administration's policy in Iran and Iraq.
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Museums in L.A. this week: 'Objects From the Concentration Camps' and more
New museum shows in L.A. for Jan. 19-26 include "Objects From the Concentration Camps" at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
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‘A Million Little Things’ creator D.J. Nash dissects bubbling melodrama
Deep into its second season, ABC’s “A Million Little Things” is still rocked by the suicide of Jon Dixon (Ron Livingston), a successful businessman who seemed to have it all. The subsequent revelation of cracks in his marriage to Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) painted a darker picture of what was troubling him. Shock waves reverberated through...
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Biden, Buttigieg grant big donors access at weekend campaign retreats
Both candidates have built large benches of fundraisers they’ll rely on through the slew of expensive early-state contests.
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Demand for L.A. office space is healthy and expected to grow
Small companies in the fourth quarter dominated the leasing market, a sign of a well-being in the local economy.
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Dance in L.A. this week: A.I.M by Kyle Abraham and more
Dance performances in L.A. for Jan. 19-26 include A.I.M by Kyle Abraham at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach
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Justices to consider faithless electors, ahead of 2020 vote
The justices will hear arguments in April and should issue a decision by late June.
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Classical music in L.A. this week: New West Symphony with Eroica Trio and more
Classical music concerts in L.A. for Jan. 19-26 include a salute to Beethoven with New West Symphony and Eroica Trio, plus Pacific Opera Project's double bill of "Gianni Schicchi" and "L'enfant et les sortilèges"
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Review: In 'Fireflies,' the struggles of the 1960s from the preacher's wife's point of view
South Coast Repertory stages the centerpiece of Donja R. Love's trilogy exploring queer love at pivotal moments in African American history.
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Ghana attracts African Americans with "Year of Return"
"To me there's no such thing as a black woman in Ghana; I am a woman in Ghana. We are all black," said American Lakeshia Ford.
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Theater in L.A. this week: Sting in 'The Last Ship' and more
New plays, Critics' Choices, etc., for Jan. 19-26 include Sting in the musical "The Last Ship" at the Ahmanson Theatre
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Martha Stewart blames ‘horny guys’ for success of Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle
"I wouldn't buy that candle," she said.
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At least 1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Northern California avalanche, authorities say
An avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort in Northern California killed at least one person and severely injured another, authorities said Friday. 
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New Star Wars ride at Disneyland reaches capacity within minutes
First-day demand for the Rise of the Resistance ride caused all boarding slots to be taken within minutes of the park's opening, mirroring the Florida launch.
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Novelist Rachel Kushner and more book events for the week ahead
What to do in L.A.: 5 book talks for the week ahead
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Supreme Court to hear 'faithless elector' case ahead of 2020 presidential election
The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear a case over whether presidential electors have to vote in accordance with their states’ popular vote in the Electoral College.
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Significant snow and ice will hit parts of US into the weekend
A strong winter storm is forecast to develop early Friday in the Plains and travel quickly east through the weekend deliviring a blast of snow and ice.
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U.S. Says 11 Service Members Were Injured When Iran Attacked Iraqi Base
Eight Americans were taken to Germany and three to Kuwait to receive medical care after Iran's missile strike last week, a Defense Department spokesperson says.
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Pentagon confirms U.S. service members were injured in Iran missile strike
Military officials have confirmed that at least 11 U.S. service members were injured when Iran launched missiles at an Iraqi military base last week, after previously saying that no Americans were harmed. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin spoke to CBSN's Tanya Rivero about the new development.
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After deadly virus outbreak in China, CDC announces 'enhanced health screenings' at 3 major US airports
Screenings for passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, will begin at airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
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Wayfair is having a huge Martin Luther King Day sale—here are the best deals
Wayfair is having a 4-day clearance sale for Martin Luther King Day, and is offering up to 75% off popular furniture and home decor.       
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‘Mayor of Stuy Town’ laid to rest
Over 800 packed a downtown church and overflowed into the street Friday morning to say farewell to the man dubbed the “Mayor of Stuyvesant Town.” John “Butch” Purcell, a playground basketball legend who once coached a young Julius Erving and who was one of the most beloved residents of the East Village apartment complex, died...
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Virginia to enact 4-day weapons ban at Capitol before gun rights rally
Credible threats of violence prompted a state of emergency.
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Internet discovers, thirsts for Florence Pugh’s brother Toby Sebastian
He’s also a musician and released an EP “Hamliar,” last year.
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Three U.S. Airports to Check Passengers for a Deadly Chinese Coronavirus
Passengers from Wuhan, China, will be screened at J.F.K. beginning Friday night, and in San Francisco and Los Angeles starting on Saturday.
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Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon: Why can't women be in charge of blockbusters?
Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, co-starring in new Hulu series "Little Fires Everywhere," talked how important it is to control their careers.        
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21 kids sued the government over climate change. A federal court dismissed the case. 
The Juliana v. US climate change lawsuit has been dismissed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Plaintiffs in the Juliana v. US lawsuit alleged the government violated the rights of young people to a safe climate. A three-judge panel in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana v. US lawsuit on Friday, a seminal case involving 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their right to a safe climate. The decision is a blow to climate activists and shows the limits of the courts’ willingness to assign legal responsibility to the government for the harms caused by greenhouse gases. The judges all agreed that climate change is an urgent, threatening problem, but ruled that the plaintiffs, who were between the ages of 8 and 19 when the suit was filed, didn’t have standing to sue. They also said that climate policies must come from the legislative branch. “The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” according to the ruling. Writing for the majority, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Hurwitz conceded that climate risks are growing and that young people stand to suffer the worst impacts of rising average temperatures, like increasingly destructive floods and fires. “In the mid-1960s, a popular song warned that we were ‘on the eve of destruction,’” he wrote. “The plaintiffs in this case have presented compelling evidence that climate change has brought that eve nearer.” Andrea Rodgers, a senior attorney at Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit backing the youth who filed the lawsuit, described the decision in an email as “unprecedented and contrary to American principles of justice.” Her organization has vowed to appeal the ruling in the coming weeks. As politicians have failed to deliver adequate climate policies, courtrooms have emerged as a prominent venue for advancing an agenda to limit emissions, and the Juliana case was one of a number of climate change lawsuits working their way through various US courts. More than a dozen cities and counties have filed suit against companies like Exxon for the climate-related harms caused by their products. But the Juliana case stood out among climate lawsuits because it challenged the federal government rather than fossil fuel companies. Despite proposing a novel legal theory — that a safe climate is a civil right and that the government has violated it through policies like leasing public lands for coal mining — the suit managed to get surprisingly far. It survived several motions to dismiss and intervention by the US Supreme Court. But what the plaintiffs wanted — a government plan to phase out fossil fuels and pull greenhouse gases back out of the air — was not something the courts could provide. “Reluctantly, we conclude that such relief is beyond our constitutional power,” Hurwitz wrote. However, District Court Judge Josephine Staton thought otherwise and did not mince words in her dissent. “It is as if an asteroid were barreling toward Earth and the government decided to shut down our only defenses,” she wrote. “Seeking to quash this suit, the government bluntly insists that it has the absolute and unreviewable power to destroy the Nation.” The Juliana case has been the highest-profile lawsuit filed by Our Children’s Trust, but the group has also filed similar climate change civil rights suits on behalf of young people in state courts. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Aji Piper, 19, was a plaintiff in the Juliana v. United States climate lawsuit. While the 9th Circuit ruling was a setback for climate activists, many are undeterred from using the courts to fight climate change and hold polluters accountable. Recently, some law students have also begun to protest against the law firms representing fossil fuel companies in these climate suits, pressuring firms to drop them as clients and urging classmates not to work for them. Climate litigation has also emerged as an issue in the 2020 campaign for president. Many of the Democratic contenders have called for fossil fuel companies to be held liable for climate damages and for sowing disinformation. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has gone as far as to call for criminal prosecution of greenhouse gas emitters. All the while, more suits and legal complaints are being filed. On Thursday, a group of four indigenous tribes in Louisiana filed a human rights claim at the United Nations. They argued that the US government, through its contributions to climate change and its failure to stop it, has violated the rights of these groups, who are seeing lands eroded by rising seas. So climate change still has many more days in court to come.
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Family of 13-yr-old call for police accountability
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Boeing discovers issue with 737 Max flight computers, source says
Boeing's troubled 737 Max has run into a new glitch.
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‘Tokyo Drift’ Slides and Sweeps Across TikTok With a Storm of Oddly Addictive Videos
Get ready to slide
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Karlie Kloss opens up about Kushner family ties
"I voted Democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020," Kloss said, adding she's been through a lot with her husband.
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At least 10 migrants were detained after a boat allegedly brought them ashore near Mar-a-Lago
Several migrants who allegedly got off a boat at a beach in Palm Beach, Florida, were taken into custody Friday, CNN affiliate WPTV reported.
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