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A great way to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to listen to his words for peace. We need his inspiration as we are dangerously sliding toward war with Iran, and many other conflicts remain ongoing. King advocated diplomacy, talking to your enemies to build peace treaties instead of an endless spiral of tension and violence. When Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize he said: "Sooner or ...

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Federal authorities will begin screening airline travelers arriving from Wuhan, China, for signs that they may be infected with a new coronavirus that is spreading in Asia, officials announced Friday. Passengers flying into Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York will be examined for the virus's pneumonia-like ...

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WASHINGTON - Two members of Congress filed a bill Friday that would increase punishment for prosecutors if they fail to inform crime victims of plea deals, an effort to prevent future, secret agreements like the one serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein received from then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta in 2007. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., filed the Crime ...

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New data released Wednesday - ironically, by the climate-change-denying Trump administration - show that the last decade was the hottest since such recordkeeping began in 1880, and that 2019 was the world's second-warmest year in that same period. (The hottest was in 2016.) This news is less a surprise than it is an affirmation of the known: By burning fossil fuels for energy, people are ...

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President Donald Trump has come up with a new solution for the Middle East, a region that has embroiled the United States for decades in conflict and war. "I think that NATO should be expanded, and we should include the Middle East," he told reporters last week. "And we can come home, or largely come home and use NATO." He even had a name for it. "You call it NATOME" - NATO plus the Middle ...

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Illinois began allowing recreational cannabis sales on New Year's Day, and the experience has been enough to induce the sort of giddiness users have been known to exhibit. Long lines confirmed a lot of pent-up demand for legal weed, and sales the first week amounted to $12.9 million - higher than (um, in excess of, we mean) the first week's revenue in any other state. "It is a really strong ...

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It might just be America's greatest moral panic since the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s. On Jan. 1, a law passed last year by lawmakers in New York state that aimed to end one of the most pernicious inequities of the mass-incarceration era - bail rules that locked up those accused but not convicted of minor and often nonviolent crimes for months or longer, mainly because they are poor - went ...

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Actress Zoe Kazan created a stir at a television industry publicity event by candidly responding to a question about her grandfather, the distinguished director Elia Kazan, and his decision in testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee to name eight others who had been Communist Party members with him. Elia Kazan's action in 1952 made him a pariah in some quarters of ...

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LOS ANGELES - Hillary Clinton will be the first to say that Hulu's four-part documentary series chronicling her life and 2016 presidential campaign did not start out as the project it ended up being. "Hillary," which makes its Sundance premiere next week, features interviews with Clinton, as well as her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton, staff, friends and ...

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As the impeachment of President Donald Trump moves to what Republicans are calling a trial in the Senate, members of his party are poised to bury evidence of his corruption and acquit him. This is not because they are personally loyal to the president; several GOP senators have previously acknowledged that he is unfit for office. It is because they are afraid of his, or rather their, voters. ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic officials celebrated a victory after South Carolina election officials agreed to change voter registration requirements that currently demand all voters to submit their full Social Security number, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday morning. South Carolina is one of three states that currently requires all nine digits of a Social ...

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You almost felt sorry for them, the six Democratic presidential candidates having their last debate before the Iowa caucuses. The subject of President Donald Trump's razzle-dazzle, historically stunning economy came up. What were they to do? Concede its accomplishments? Demonstrate ignorance? Mouth falsehoods? Or respectably indulge in fine-tuned analysis granting the obvious while pointing to ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California took legal action Friday to block the Trump administration's plans to open federal lands in California to oil and gas drilling, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. The federal lawsuit announced by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra comes after President Donald Trump's administration announced details of its plan to open more than a ...

NEW YORK - The jury at Harvey Weinstein's trial seated Friday includes six white males despite the prosecution's pointed complaints over the lack of white women chosen to judge the accused sexual predator. Jury selection in the former Hollywood producer's much-anticipated sexual abuse trial wrapped up with a panel of the six white men, three black women, two white women and a black man. The ...

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WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is boasting that he's made farmers "really happy." He's not wrong, but it's not just the trade deal that's left farmers optimistic for 2020. Analysts are saying the accord signed this week mostly just takes trade back to normal for American agriculture. China has committed to $32 billion in additional purchases over two years, but that buying will be market dependent ...

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An obscure hip-hop artist says one of Ariana Grande's biggest hits had a familiar ring to it. Josh Stone, in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit filed Thursday, charges the singer's global No. 1 smash "7 Rings" was directly lifted from one of his songs written two years earlier. Grande's massively successful single, a chart-topper last year in the U.S. and 22 other countries, swiped the beat, ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's administration is weighing whether to seek changes to a 1977 law that makes it illegal for U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials. "We are looking at it," White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said at the White House on Friday, in response to a reporter's question about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. "I would just say: We are aware of it, we are ...

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Broken, the internet is after a photo of Baby Yoda and George Lucas surfaced on social media. The blurry but adorable snap, posted Thursday by none other than "The Mandalorian" showrunner Jon Favreau, shows the "Star Wars" creator cradling the 50-year-old tyke as if it were his own grandchild - which, in a way, it sort of is? As with any minor wrinkle in the "Star Wars" universe, the fresh ...

WASHINGTON - The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is set to begin in earnest on Tuesday and the president has selected these nine people to defend him. The attorneys and lawmakers will argue Trump's case that he should be acquitted of the House's charges that he abused his power and obstructed the congressional investigation into the Ukraine scandal. The group is composed of White ...

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Monica Lewinsky is having a deja vu day. The former White House intern was incredulous Friday amid revelations that President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial defense team will feature Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated her sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton in 1998. "This is definitely an 'are you f------ kidding me?' kinda day," Lewinsky tweeted as ...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - In November 2017, Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli received the kind of news that any college-bound high school senior dreams of: A letter from the admissions dean at a top college saying: "I am pleased to inform you ... " The letter was from the University of Southern California. But something in the letter should have stood out to Olivia Jade Giannulli, as ...

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MIAMI - Three Florida airports were among the top 10 for weapons seizures in the United States in 2019, a year in which authorities confiscated more firearms than at any other time since the formation of the Transportation Security Administration. According to the TSA, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was seventh on the list, with 100 weapons confiscated. Orlando was 9th with 96 ...

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Filmmaker Francesca Gregorini has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against defendants including M. Night Shyamalan and Apple, claiming the Apple TV+ show "Servant" is a "brazen copy" of one of her own feature films. Filed this week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the suit accuses Shyamalan, series creator Tony Basgallop, and others of bastardizing ...

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All four of the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates – former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – have released climate plans that call for massive spending, an overhaul of the fossil fuel industry and increased standards for renewable energy.

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Eminem had an unexpected gift for fans early Friday - and a stark new video that's sure to spark heated debate. The Detroit rapper released his 11th album, "Music to Be Murdered By," a 20-track project with guests such as Ed Sheeran, Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey and longtime hometown compatriot Royce da 5'9". The midnight drop was accompanied by a video for the song "Darkness," a six-minute saga ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando police sergeant went against department policy and the Fourth Amendment when she authorized Officer Kevin Valencia to break through the door of an apartment where domestic violence suspect Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. was hiding with four children in 2018, an internal investigation found. That decision, by OPD Sgt. Amanda White, put Valencia directly in front of the door ...

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BALTIMORE - Kweisi Mfume, who is running for Congress in part on his accomplishments as leader of the NAACP, had a more tumultuous tenure at the civil rights organization than previously known - leaving after several negative performance reviews and a vote by the executive committee not to grant him a new contract, according to records reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. The secret 2004 vote that ...

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In the week ahead, technology investors will be doing what millions of people do each night - watching Netflix. The media streaming company is one of the so-called FAANG stocks - Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet's Google. Four of them were among the biggest contributors to the stock market rally in 2019. Netflix was outlier. It's the smallest company of the group, and its 20% ...

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WASHINGTON - Ten years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, one of his lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, admitted that "sometimes you lose sleep at night" while working as a defense attorney. "Every lawyer who's also a good person has these ambivalences," he told PBS in 2005. It might seem a bout of unlikely introspection for an outspoken lawyer whose high-profile career has been marred by his ...