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Basketball team quits MLK tourney after their fans flaunt Trump flag
A high school basketball team in Minnesota has come under fire — and is now pulling out of a tournament scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day — after its fans displayed a “Trump 2020” flag during a game against predominantly black inner city kids. “Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:24:41 -0500)

Turkey’s president offers condolences for Americans killed by ISIS in Syria
Turkey’s leader on Sunday offered his “condolences” for the four Americans killed in a suicide attack in Syria this week during a phone call with President Trump, the White House said. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of American lives in Manbij, Syria this week,” the readout of the call...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:14:58 -0500)

Student booted from sorority for filming friend in blackface
A University of Oklahoma student was kicked out of her sorority for filming a pal as she applied blackface and appeared to use a racial slur. The disturbing footage shared Friday on Twitter shows a woman lathering black paint on her face and hands and saying what sounds like, “I am a n—-r.” The second...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:14:08 -0500)

McConnell to call for vote on Trump’s protection of ‘Dreamers’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly planning to pressure Democrats over the ongoing government shutdown by bringing up President Trump’s wall-compromise proposal for a vote this week — and combining it with legislation passed by House Democrats to fund government agencies through the fiscal year. The GOP Senate leader is hoping the move will...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:32:20 -0500)

Former US envoy on ISIS: ‘There’s no plan for what’s coming next’ in Syria
The former special envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria said President Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of the country leaves other American troops at risk. “Announcing you’re going to withdraw, and without a plan, and believe me there’s no plan for what’s coming next. Right now we do not have a...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:26:43 -0500)

Peter King blasts Dems rejecting Trump’s shutdown proposal
Rep. Pete King blasted Democrats for rejecting President Trump’s proposal to end the month-long partial government shutdown, saying extreme progressive elements of their party see the deal as “compromising with the devil.” “The fear is, among the Democratic leadership, if they make any agreement with President Trump it’s like compromising with the devil,” the New...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:55:58 -0500)

Tony Mendez, CIA agent portrayed in ‘Argo,’ dies at 78
Tony Mendez, the CIA disguise expert whose daring rescue of six Americans from Iran was immortalized in Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning movie “Argo,” has died. He was 78. Mendez passed away Saturday at an assisted-living center in Frederick, Maryland, his wife and fellow CIA veteran, Jonna Mendez, told the Washington Post. The cause was Parkinson’s disease,...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:41:05 -0500)

World’s oldest man dies at 113
The world’s oldest man — who spent his days soaking in Japan’s hot springs and watching sumo wrestling — died early Sunday. He was 113. Masazo Nonaka died peacefully in his sleep at home in Ashoro, his family said. “We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure,” his granddaughter, Yuko Nonaka told Kyodo...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:27:09 -0500)

Giuliani on Trump coaching Michael Cohen for testimony: ‘So what?’
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s current lawyer on Sunday downplayed the possibility that the commander-in-chief coached his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen about his testimony before Congress. “So what if he talked to him about it?” a dismissive Rudy Giuliani told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Giuliani also said he’s “100...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:11:58 -0500)

Schumer again tells Trump to end shutdown before wall negotiation
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday reemphasized the position of leading Democrats that the month-long government shutdown must end before they negotiate with President Trump on his border wall. “That’s why we have three words for the president – open the government,” Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said during a news conference in which he urged...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:58:23 -0500)

Gillibrand responds to criticism of her immigration policy
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was put on the defensive about her earlier hard-line positions on immigration in an interview Sunday, telling voters they would have to “look at my heart” to determine what she stands for. “I would tell voters, look at my heart, see who I am,” Gillibrand, who announced last week that she...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:50:17 -0500)

Pence downplays Trump’s offer to protect ‘Dreamers’
WASHINGTON – Vice President Pence touted the White House’s “good faith” compromise offer to end the longest government shutdown in US history and rejected hardliners’ criticism that President Trump has gone soft on illegal immigration. “It’s not amnesty,” Pence told “Fox News Sunday.” “There’s no pathway to citizenship. There’s no permanent status here at all,...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:49:51 -0500)

Giuliani: Trump negotiated to build tower in Russia through Election Day
WASHINGTON – President Trump engaged in talks to build a Trump Tower in Russia throughout his presidential campaign up until Election Day, the president’s lawyer revealed Sunday, contradicting past statements. Rudy Giuliani said Trump’s conversations about building a tower in Moscow with his former fixer Michael Cohen continued throughout the 2016 presidential campaign against Hillary...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:44:33 -0500)

Trump rages against Pelosi after deal to end shutdown is rejected
President Trump bashed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats for rejecting his deal to reopen the government even before he announced it, and the meteorologist-in-chief called for some “old fashioned global warming” to offset the freezing temps in a series of tweets Sunday. “Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:04:38 -0500)

Footage shows toddler with hands raised during parents’ arrest
Shocking video shows a barefoot toddler walking towards armed Florida cops with her hands up in the air during an arrest. The startling cellphone footage shows several Tallahassee Police officers with their guns pointed towards a blue pick up truck Thursday as a man exits with his arms raised. Then, the little girl clambers out...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:09:47 -0500)

6.7-magnitude earthquake hits Chile
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook cities and towns on Chile’s northern coast late Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damages. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and it had a depth of 53 kilometers. It struck at 10:32 p.m. local time. Chile’s National Emergency...
(Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:57:50 -0500)

Developer’s attempt to rename Belfast area ‘Tribeca’ backfires
They’re not green with envy. Thin-skinned Belfast officials are fuming over a developer’s “superficial” plan to take a page from the Big Apple and name a section of their fair city “Tribeca.” Castlebrooke Development wants to call the overhauled Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter district — once a writers’ haven and home to St. Anne’s Cathedral —...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:35:06 -0500)

Amsterdam’s red light district suffering from tourist overload
These are very unhappy hookers. Amsterdam’s working girls say crowds of selfie-snapping tourists have been horning in on their turf, mugging for photo-ops in front of their red light zone windows. All those shutterbugs have driven off paying patrons and put the women at risk of unwanted social media exposure, according to a report. “It’s...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:25:44 -0500)

Prestigious Vatican’s choir gets new leader after fund scandal
The world’s oldest singing ensemble has a new leader after Pope Francis tapped a close aide to take over the Sistine Chapel Choir amid a scandal over mishandled funds. The Vatican announced that Monsignor Guido Marini — who assists the pontiff during church ceremonies — will now head the all-male group, which performed in New...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:10:40 -0500)

FDA threatens to pull e-cigs if marketing to teens continues
The FDA could move to snuff out Juul and other e-cigarettes if makers keep courting teens. Agency head Scott Gottlieb demanded that producers of vaping devices stop targeting young users or risk having their products pulled from shelves. “If the youth use continues to rise and we see significant increases in 2019, on top of...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:05:16 -0500)