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Gonzaga responding to ‘serious incident of student vandalism,’ school leader says

Joe Heim Reporter covering a range of topics, including race, white nationalism, schools, student culture, Native American issues February 14 at 8:29 PM A prestigious private D.C. high school is responding to “a serious incident of student vandalism” at a recent spiritual retreat in rural Maryland. The president of Gonzaga …

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Politics

Trump Frees Up $8 Billion To Build The Wall

President Donald Trump has freed up $8 billion from various government agencies to build the wall, according to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. Trump announced earlier on Thursday that he plans on signing a bipartisan congressional bill that provides limited border wall funding and declaring a national emergency at the southern border. WATCH: …

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Tech

Facebook tracks people who are potential threats to its employees – CNET

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg James Martin/CNET Facebook keeps a list of people, including users and ex-employees, who have made threats against the social media company and its employees.  The company uses data from those people’s Facebook accounts and sometimes tracks their location through the app if threats appear …

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World

Harvey Weinstein’s Tribeca office sold, casting couch ‘disposed of’

Harvey Weinstein’s abandoned Tribeca office loft has finally found a buyer — but his notorious casting couch is not part of the deal. “The couch is gone — disposed of,” said one source who is familiar with what’s left in the unit. The third-floor, 6,000-square-foot space at 375 Greenwich St. …

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Tech

Scientists think Mars lake may be created by recent volcanic activity – CNET

Mars shows off its south pole. ESA The Red Planet is sometimes considered a dead planet, but new research suggests that it may hide a roiling, volcanic beat within its crust. In July 2018, an international team of scientists discovered that Mars was likely harboring liquid water underneath its southern …

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World

Jussie Smollett Staged Attacks Reports Are ‘Unconfirmed,’ Chicago Police Say

Chicago Police have shot down two local media reports claiming that its detectives thought “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had staged his alleged hate attack. In an extraordinary step, the police department’s top spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, put out a statement on Twitter that said: “Media reports about the Empire incident being …

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World

Jussie Smollett Hoax Reports Are ‘Unconfirmed,’ Chicago Police Say

Chicago Police have shot down two local media reports claiming that its detectives thought “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had staged his alleged hate attack. In an extraordinary step, the police department’s top spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, put out a statement on Twitter that said: “Media reports about the Empire incident being …

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World

‘Stupid joke’ about bomb on plane gets woman arrested

A passenger’s “stupid joke” on an airplane departing from Florida didn’t fly with the crew, officials said. Police said Nathalie Tremblay, 53, was boarding an Air Canada flight Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with her boyfriend when a flight attendant noticed a carry-on bag stuck in the overhead bin, …

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Entertainment

Report: Jussie Smollett Case Takes Major Turn As Sources Claim It Was Staged

8:17 PM 02/14/2019 | US Virginia Kruta and Katie Jerkovich | Reporters The Jussie Smollett case appeared to take a major turn Thursday, when multiple media outlets reported that he was being questioned by police. A number also alleged that he and the two “persons of interest” — who were …

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World

New York Returns 25,000 Jobs to Amazon

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted, choosing to jeer at Amazon as it canceled its plans on Thursday to build a new headquarters in Queens, after some local officials angrily criticized its proposal. What a strange thing for the …

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World

More than 15,000 media jobs axed in 2018: report

It’s not just your imagination: Media jobs disappeared in 2018 at the fastest rate since year one of the Great Recession. That’s according to a report out Thursday from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which found 15,474 announced job cuts across all media including TV, publishing, broadcast and print news and …

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World

Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy, invites him to Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro has invited a US special envoy to Venezuela after revealing in an AP interview that his foreign minister recently held secret meetings with the US official in New York. A senior Venezuelan official said the second of two meetings took place Feb. 11 — …

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World

‘Wrong Side of History’: In Queens, Amazon Deal’s Demise Reveals Deep Divisions

Shortly after news broke on Thursday that Amazon was abandoning its plans for a campus in Long Island City, Queens, local elected officials and activist groups who had opposed the deal held a celebratory rally near the site where the company had planned to build its new offices. But along …

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World

Facebook Settlement With F.T.C. Could Run Into the Billions

WASHINGTON — Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are discussing a settlement over privacy violations that could amount to a record, multibillion-dollar fine, according to three people with knowledge of the talks. The company and the F.T.C.’s consumer protection and enforcement staff have been in negotiations over a financial penalty …

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World

How China Brings Us Together

I’ve always thought Americans would come together when we realized that we faced a dangerous foreign foe. And lo and behold, now we have one: China. It’s become increasingly clear that China is a grave economic, technological and intellectual threat to the United States and the world order. And sure …

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World

Gallery hosts benefit where guests sketch nudes

Serious Upper East Side gallerists Christina and Emmanuel Di Donna hosted a lighthearted drawing party to benefit the New York Academy of Art. A stylish crowd learned figure-drawing basics from a faculty member and spent the night sketching nudes. Chic guests included Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Lauren Santo Domingo, Sylvana Ward …

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World

Serious gallerists host benefit where guests sketch nudes

Serious Upper East Side gallerists Christina and Emmanuel Di Donna hosted a lighthearted drawing party to benefit the New York Academy of Art. A stylish crowd learned figure-drawing basics from a faculty member and spent the night sketching nudes. Chic guests included Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Lauren Santo Domingo, Sylvana Ward …

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World

Glenda Jackson thought Brits would scoff at her as King Lear

“Would you like a cup of tea?” an assistant asks Glenda Jackson as she leaves a rehearsal room in Times Square. “What I would like,” says this great lady of the theater, “is a bloody glass of wine.” Well, she deserves one. The play Jackson’s rehearsing is “King Lear,” and …

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World

Winnie Harlow loses phone at party, finds it in her thigh-high boots

Winnie Harlow had everyone searching for her cellphone after Quincy Brown’s screening of his short film “Run Loubi Run” at the Public Hotel. Harlow arrived wearing a silk dress and beyond-thigh-high boots. “The party was at capacity. At the end of the night, DJ D-Nice announced a cellphone was missing …

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World

Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law

WASHINGTON — The White House’s announcement Thursday that President Trump would claim emergency powers to build his border wall without congressional approval was a way out of the political crisis he created over shutting down the government. But while the move means the country will avoid another protracted shutdown, legal …

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World

A Trump-Made Emergency

With his intention to declare a national emergency at the southern border, President Trump is planning to take executive overreach to dizzying new heights. The damage to American democracy threatens to linger long after his administration is no more than a dank memory. Cornered into accepting a budget deal that …

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World

White Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Shooting Black Men After Hurricane Katrina

A white man was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting three young black men who were trying to evacuate in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the authorities said. Shortly after the hurricane ravaged New Orleans in 2005, the man, Roland J. Bourgeois Jr., …

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World

Hunt Suggests Trump Got Idea For National Emergency From Hannity

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt suggested that Fox News’ Sean Hannity influenced President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency, during a Thursday appearance on “Meet the Press.” Trump announced earlier in the day that he plans to sign a bipartisan congressional bill that provides limited border wall funding, while also declaring …

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World

Got A Date For St. Valentine’s Day? Thank Chaucer

8:03 PM 02/14/2019 | World Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter St. Valentine’s Day began as a feast day commemorating two different saints by the name of Valentine, though the liturgical celebrations bore no resemblance to the modern-day emphasis on love and courtship. The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer first spread …

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World

Victor Cruz wears a lot more suits as an ESPN analyst

Former Giants star and enduring fashion industry favorite Victor Cruz told us at New York Fashion Week that he’s not changing his style as he transitions from his playing days to ESPN analyst. “I have had to wear a lot more suits,” he told us at a show for the …

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World

Golf pro’s ‘Tin Cup’ moment turns hole into surreal nightmare

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Ben DeArmond had a debut to remember on the Web.com Tour because of one hole he will never forget — a score of 17 on the par-4 second hole Thursday in the Lecom Suncoast Classic. “I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when …

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World

Ex-Goldman banker returning to the US where he faces 1MDB criminal charges

Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs Group banker accused of playing a role in defrauding sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), will return to the United States to face criminal charges against him, his lawyer said on Thursday. Ng will waive extradition to the United States on Friday during …

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World

Attack by Pak-backed JeM will be avenged: HM

NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh Thursday assured the people of the country that the terror attack on a CRPF bus in Jammu and Kashmir, carried out by Pakistan-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, will be avenged. In a statement , he said the central government is determined to foil the designs of those …

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World

Jacob deGrom made it to camp in one piece, but his Cy Young didn’t

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets have their first known injury of the spring: Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young Award. DeGrom’s plaque arrived at spring training with a chip on the back side and will be returned to the manufacturer for repair, according to a club official. DeGrom was presented with …

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Opinion

House Democrats to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration; Republicans divided on action

By Rachael Bade, Seung Min Kim and Paul Kane February 14 at 7:54 PM House Democrats are gearing up to pass a joint resolution disapproving President Trump’s emergency declaration to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall, a move that will force Senate Republicans to vote on a contentious issue that divides …

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