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People Early spring predicted as groundhog does not see shadow
Author: 0 Early spring predicted as groundhog does not see shadow

This morning, Pennsylvania's own world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil , predicted an early spring after not seeing his shadow, a prediction so rare that it has only happened 19 times in the 133-year history of Groundhog Day . Because Phil didn't see his shadow this morning, we will be saved six weeks of winter and instead see spring bloom. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800's.

People NATO Chief Urges Russia to Comply with Missile Pact
Author: 0 NATO Chief Urges Russia to Comply with Missile Pact

Journalists and military attachés attend a news briefing organized by Russian defense and foreign ministries and dedicated to cruise missile systems including SSC-X-8/9M729 model, at Patriot Expocentre near Moscow on January 23, 2019. If the USA pulls out of the INF treaty, the only remaining pact regulating the world's two biggest nuclear arsenals would be an agreement that expires in 2021 .

People US governor's future in doubt after racist photograph emerges
Author: 0 US governor's future in doubt after racist photograph emerges

Despite the blowback, as of early Friday morning, Northam had yet to step down. A statement released by the governor in the early evening indicated he meant to continue in office. The Democratic governor of Virginia apologized for his appearance in a "racist and offensive" costume in his medical school yearbook, after the image was published by a conservative website Friday.

People Afghan: Trump expresses optimism about peace negotiations
Author: 0 Afghan: Trump expresses optimism about peace negotiations

Areas in which both sides have hailed progress - plans for the withdrawal of foreign troops 17 years after the USA -led ouster of the Taliban and assurances that Afghanistan won't become a base for al Qaeda or Islamic State - still need detailed negotiation, sources on both sides said.

People Polar vortex death toll rises to 21 as US Midwest warms up
Author: 0 Polar vortex death toll rises to 21 as US Midwest warms up

More than 30 record lows were shattered across the Midwest. Scores of vehicles will be left with flat tires and bent rims. After a bitter-cold morning with temperatures that sank all the way to minus-48 in northwest Minnesota, with wind chills down to minus-65, the air ostensibly "warmed" Wednesday afternoon, to readings such as minus-18 in Grand Forks, N.D., and minus-22 in Rockford, Ill.

People Frigid polar vortex chill causes
Author: 0 Frigid polar vortex chill causes "frost quakes" in IL

The rate of temperature drop is important - in the instance of the Waupun frost quake , high temperatures fell from the low 30s three days prior to around zero the day of. First, rain or snowmelt saturates the ground with water. Which leads to the second condition: There needs to be a sudden drop in temperature. Third, the temperature rapidly drops, freezing the earth.

People Venezuela's Interim President Accuses Maduro of Intimidating His Family
Author: 0 Venezuela's Interim President Accuses Maduro of Intimidating His Family

The U.S. also rejects offers from Mexico, Uruguay and the Vatican to mediate a dialogue. Guaido said he had made a good case for them to support his government. Venezuela's interior minister, Nestor Reverol, said on Thurs-day that security forces captured five men including a retired army colonel and other army officers on accusations of plotting a coup.

People Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation over DNA Test Results
Author: 0 Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation over DNA Test Results

Warren, goaded by President Trump into taking a DNA test and releasing its results, is only 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American. Julie Hubbard, a Cherokee Nation spokesperson, confirmed to the Times Friday that Warren apologized to Principal Chief Bill John Baker, saying the two had a "brief and private" conversation.

People US judge mulls gag order on talkative Trump adviser Stone
Author: 0 US judge mulls gag order on talkative Trump adviser Stone

He said that bureau director Christopher Wray is a "serious" individual and would not be acting in a questionable way. "I testified truthfully on any matter of importance", he said. USA authorities in July indicted a dozen Russian military intelligence officers on charges they hacked Democrats' computers, stole data and shared those files to disrupt the 2016 election.

People Gunman kills 1 on Corsica; police don't see terror motive
Author: 0 Gunman kills 1 on Corsica; police don't see terror motive

Police said there was no indication the suspect's actions were terror-related. A seventh person was treated for shock. Orsoni first attacked this 23-year-old male neighbour outside the building with a cutter and then "he went to fetch two double-barrelled shotguns with which he shot several people", she said.

People Man caught on CCTV allegedly faking a fall for insurance claim
Author: 0 Man caught on CCTV allegedly faking a fall for insurance claim

Goldinsky taking a not-so-accidental tumble at an unidentified Woodbridge company, according to prosecutors . However, Goldinsky was seen on security cameras staging the entire thing. Goldinsky, an independent contractor operating under a company named All Gold Industries, was allegedly subcontracted to do work for the Woodbridge business when the fraud took place.

People Trump fumes over report from United States intelligence chiefs
Author: 0 Trump fumes over report from United States intelligence chiefs

In late February, the two leaders are set to meet again, reportedly in Vietnam, to try to flesh out the deal. Trump hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with the North Korea and told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday that the date and location of a second summit with Kim would be announced "early next week" and probably during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

People Cory Booker Preparing To Run For President
Author: 0 Cory Booker Preparing To Run For President

Booker, the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, shared the announcement in a video across his social media platforms on the first day of Black History Month. Booker enters what is shaping up to be a crowded presidential primary, with three of his fellow Democrat senators - Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - already either declared or exploring a run.

People Europe launches sanctions-averting Iran payment mechanism
Author: 0 Europe launches sanctions-averting Iran payment mechanism

Germany, France, and Britain have launched a mechanism to allow financial flows to be sent to Iran that would not violate US sanctions in an attempt to keep alive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Britain's Jeremy Hunt said the three countries were working closely with Tehran to finalize arrangements: "Registration is a big step , but there is still more work to be done", Hunt said.

People Interim Budget 2019: Big bonanza announced for farmers
Author: 0 Interim Budget 2019: Big bonanza announced for farmers

The farm relief package may cost anywhere between Rs 70,000 crore and Rs 1 lakh crore, according to sources. Basic exemption limit may be raised from Rs 2.5 lakh to '3 lakh for individuals of less than 60 years of age and from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh for those aged 60 years or more but less than 80.

People Senate GOP Rebukes Trump Over Syria, Afghanistan Withdrawals
Author: 0 Senate GOP Rebukes Trump Over Syria, Afghanistan Withdrawals

In warning against the withdrawal, the Senate argues with that claim. The popular democratic socialist politician has also sought to push forward a bill calling for an end to US military support for the Saudi-led war against a Zaidi Shiite Muslim rebel group known as Ansar Allah or the Houthis in Yemen , but the measure has split Republicans, with McConnell and Rubio among those opposed.

People Norfolk weather: Fog descends as snow and ice warnings continue
Author: 0 Norfolk weather: Fog descends as snow and ice warnings continue

Matt Argyle, 46, got stuck on the A30 eastbound just before Temple after returning from St Austell. There could also be power cuts as a result of the icy weather and there are already cancellations on Eurostar at St Pancras International and at Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International due to adverse weather conditions in France and Belgium.

People Frustrated Trump says a wall ‘is a WALL!’
Author: 0 Frustrated Trump says a wall ‘is a WALL!’

He said he hoped that wording would be more acceptable to Democrats and that, whether it's called a "barrier", "wall", "steel slats" - and even "Peaches", at one point - "whatever you want to call it, it's all the same". But before any reporters got around to offering such a question, Pelosi brought one of Trump's tweets on her own. "If the president wants to call that a wall , he can call it a wall".

People New Facebook VP says it should pay more tax, defends business model
Author: 0 New Facebook VP says it should pay more tax, defends business model

Facebook has been criticized over the last two years for not acting fast enough to combat fake news, propaganda operations, and extremist content spread on its platforms. The new rules will require political ads linked to the European Union elections in May to be "authorized" and tagged with a "paid for by" disclaimer.

People European Union says 'No' to UK's Brexit deal renegotiation bid
Author: 0 European Union says 'No' to UK's Brexit deal renegotiation bid

The investment bank Goldman raised its probability of a no-deal Brexit to 15 percent from 10 percent, kept its probability of a delayed Brexit at 50 percent, and revised down its probability of no Brexit to 35 percent from 40 percent. May was due to talk on Wednesday with Tusk and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, and face MPs in her weekly questions session in parliament. But they fear that the prime minister's strategy of seeking simply to survive from day to day will lead to her ...

People California’s national parks returning to normal operations
Author: 0 California’s national parks returning to normal operations

At Joshua Tree National Park in California , which became the public face of the shutdown, employees had to remove razed Joshua trees and graffiti, clean up trash and human waste that overflowed on trails and in toilets, and fix park sites where vehicles made new roads in the desert sand.

People Roger Stone: A Trump ally known for dirty tricks
Author: 0 Roger Stone: A Trump ally known for dirty tricks

Trump, who often blasts CNN as "fake news", was repeating a conspiracy theory that the Federal Bureau of Investigation tipped off the network to Stone's arrest . election. Stone said any false statements he may have given to Congress would have been "immaterial and without intent". How does he know Donald Trump? Who's been charged in the Mueller probe? "The charges brought against Mr Stone have nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the White House ", she told ...

People Twin bombings at Philippines cathedral leaves at least 27 dead
Author: 0 Twin bombings at Philippines cathedral leaves at least 27 dead

According to Rappler and other media, an improvised explosive device that was left inside the nave of the church detonated-likely by a remote cell phone-at 8:58 a.m. Let us not abandon our efforts to dialogue with people who differ from us. On January 27, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was rocked with two blasts.

People USA sends first Central American asylum seeker to Mexico
Author: 0 USA sends first Central American asylum seeker to Mexico

Announced previous year, the policy is meant to stop what Trump calls "catch and release" - allowing migrants who cross the border without papers and claim asylum to remain in the United States while their cases are processed. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to allow an unused courthouse to temporarily house migrants while they seek asylum in the US.

People Muller: 'Russians are distributing information from my investigation'
Author: 0 Muller: 'Russians are distributing information from my investigation'

CNN also reported Wednesday that confidential documents ended up on a pro-Russia Twitter account that linked to a website where they were dumped online. Mueller ", offering " all the files Mueller had about the IRA and Russian collusion ". The facts "establish that the person (s) who created the Web page had access to at least some of the nonsensitive discovery produced by the government in this case", wrote Justice Department national security division attorney Heather N.

People Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tries to Raise Money on Dems' Primary Challenge Effort
Author: 0 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tries to Raise Money on Dems' Primary Challenge Effort

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is out of his league running for president, assessing his credentials through a familiar lens. The New York representative has also taken Twitter by storm, with 2.7 million followers, a number that has almost doubled since last month. As you can see, we are totally united behind each other.

People European Union rules out renegotiation of Brexit withdrawal agreement
Author: 0 European Union rules out renegotiation of Brexit withdrawal agreement

Theresa May has secured the backing of a majority of MPs to attempt to renegotiate the backstop with the European Union. The minister was commenting after his department outlined its initial assessment of the economic and fiscal impacts of a no-deal Brexit , which concluded that: "All forms of a United Kingdom exit will have a detrimental impact on the Irish economy, with the most adverse impacts likely to be felt in agri-food and indigenous manufacturing sectors".

People Weather warning for snow issued for Warwickshire
Author: 0 Weather warning for snow issued for Warwickshire

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "We'll have a covering of snow showers coming into the west throughout the day". "Isolated wintry showers are possible this evening and overnight, these becoming more frequent on Thursday morning with ice forming on untreated surfaces".

People No-deal Brexit makes hard border in Ireland 'inevitable', says Commission
Author: 0 No-deal Brexit makes hard border in Ireland 'inevitable', says Commission

The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the cross-party talks were a sham , and accused the Prime Minister of being in denial about the scale of her defeat last week. The result could put Mrs May under intense political pressure to change her plans for Brexit. She said Monday that a new referendum, less than three years after voters opted for Brexit, would "damage social cohesion by undermining faith in our democracy".

People Snow warning as temperatures to remain low this week
Author: 0 Snow warning as temperatures to remain low this week

The weather forecast for Wednesday from Met Eireann says it will be cold and it will begin frosty with widespread icy patches and lying snow in places. In the Scottish Highlands, the A9 is likely to be badly hit by snow showers. There will be overnight frosts and icy conditions in many areas. Thursday night: Very cold with widespread severe frost.

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